ALBERT KING LOST SESSION GERMAN PRESSED MPS-8534 + BLUES FOR YOU & LIVE WIRE +CD
ALBERT KING - THE LOST SESSION - GERMAN PRESSED MPS-8534 OUT OF PRINT RARE SEALED LP - LAST COPY FOREVER - PRODUCED BY JOHN MAYALL PLUS WE ARE ADDING THESE FOUR ADDITIONAL ALBERT KING TITLES - LIVE WIRE/BLUES POWER, I'LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU, BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN & THE BIG BLUES
LAST SET FOREVER PLUS WE ARE ADDING THIS BONUS DOUBLE CD SET OF THE BEST OF ALBERT KING
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THE LOST SESSION
The set was recorded at Wolfman Jack's home studio in L.A. in just one day August 20, 1971 and features a line up that was to become part of Mayall's Jazz-Fusion ideas in the 1970s.
This LP is very different. Albert plays with no effects, feedback or sustain. It's just plain straight ahead Blues. He also sings in mostly guitar keys instead of his usual Jazz keys. Mayall contributes all of the song's frameworks and King wrote the lyrics- mostly from his other songs and his expansive knowledge of old blues lyrics from Johnson, Brown, Robert Nighthawk, Elmore James, and many more!
This album was discovered in the Stax vaults when their tape collections were handed over to Fantasy Records in the 1980s. It was never released because it didn't sound like Stax, or the Blues at the time. There are many great tunes on this collection, but "Sun Gone Down-takes 1 & 2" have to be at the top. A great slow blues- one of King's best. "Brand New Razor" is my second favourite tune. It really jumps! "Money Lovin Woman" showcases King's famous talking blues ability. In fact the whole set is really great, different and interesting.
10. Sun Gone Down [Take 2]
ALBERT KING THE BIG BLUES 180 GRAM RTI PRESSED LIMITED EDITION LP
180 Gram Vinyl! Pressed at RTI! Sourced from the Original King Mono Master Tapes! All Hail King Albert!
Standing well over six feet and weighing in at around 250 pounds, it’s no surprise that Albert King earned the nickname “The Velvet Bulldozer.” Standing on stage with his Gibson Flying V, named Lucy, King cut an imposing visual figure. After a few abortive recording attempts, King scored a #14 R&B single on King Records with “Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong” in 1961. The song captured the distinctive call-and-response style between King’s voice and guitar, a direct extension of his gospel roots and it was included on his debut album, The Big Blues. Backed by a razor sharp band, which included Ike Turner on piano, King showed an authoritative command of ballads, rumbas and mid-tempo shuffles. It was a sound honed in countless club gigs, a “vivid sound” as the LP jacket rightly proclaimed. To restore this sound to its royal splendor, Sundazed sourced this reissue from the original King mono master tapes. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI) in Camarillo, CA, this resurrected LP boasts breathtaking sound. Nothing less would have been worthy of one of the most important albums in the blues pantheon. All hail King Albert!
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• A Crown Jewel in the Blues Canon
• Sourced from the Original King Mono Master Tapes
1. Let’s Have a Natural Ball
2. What Can I Do to Change Your Mind?
3. I Get Evil
4. Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn’t Be Like It Is)
5. This Morning
6. I Walked All Night Long
1. Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
2. Travelin’ to California
3. I’ve Made Nights By Myself
4. This Funny Feeling
5. Ooh-Ee Baby
6. Dyna Flow
ALBERT KING BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN 150 GRAM LIMITED EDITION LP
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 491/500!
In 1967, the future of electric blues guitar answered to the name of Albert King. It's not like Albert was a green newcomer to the blues world when he strolled through the doors of Memphis-based Stax Records in 1966. After all, he had his first taste of studio action as a band leader more than a dozen years earlier. But the massively constructed southpaw saved his best for Stax. It's virtually impossible to cite a more important or influential blues album from the latter half of the 1960's than "Born Under A Bad Sign"...
This Sundazed High Definition 150 gram vinyl edition features the entire classic album with its gorgeous vintage artwork, two rare single sides added as bonus cuts, original liner notes and new annotation by Bill Dahl.
"King's first album for the Stax label combines his hard, unflashy guitar playing with the sleek sound of the label's house band, Booker T. and the MGs. Hits such as "Crosscut Saw" and "Laundromat Blues" influenced rockers from Clapton to the Stones and earned King a new rock & roll audience." - .
• High Quality 150g Vinyl
1. Born Under A Bad Sign
2. Crosscut Saw
3. Kansa City
4. Oh, Pretty Woman
5. Down Don't Bother Me
6. The Hunter
8. I Almost Lost My Mind
9. Personal Manager
10. Laundromat Blues
11. As The Years Go Passing By
12. The Very Thought Of You
13. Overall Junction
- ALBERT KING Live Wire/Blues Power
Recorded at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore Auditorium in June 1968 during Albert King's first engagement there as a headliner, Live Wire/Blues Power ranks with B.B. King's Live at the Regal of four years earlier as one of the greatest and most influential live blues albums of all time. Performing six tunes, only two of which he'd recorded previously, the six-foot-four-inch blues titan was able to stretch out beyond the three-to-four minutes allowed on 45-RPM discs and finally capture on vinyl the way he played in person. The results were nothing short of incendiary. As critic Albert Goldman commented at the time: "Instead of bending or warping a note here and there for special effect, King skirls every kiss-off note, sending vicious waves along his strings like the ripples on a cobra's back."
1. Watermelon Man 2. Blues Power 3. Night Stomp 4. Blues at Sunrise 5. Please Love Me 6. Look Out
-ALBERT KING I'll Play The Blues For You
With the Bar-Kays, the Movement and the Memphis Horns.
With the Bar-Kays and Isaac Hayes' Movement alternately supplying the funky rhythms and the Memphis Horns contributing the riveting riffs, I'll Play The Blues For You stands out as the definitive Albert King soul-blues fusion album of the Seventies. King, in the words of the late Michael Bloomfield, "was the only (blues) singer who had clever, modern arrangements that would fit in with the black radio market and with the white market and in no way compromised his style."
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BONUS DOUBLE CD SET - A 2-disc salute to one of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar, Albert King. This is a comprehensive and definitive portrait of one of the biggest influences on blues and rock guitar players, the legendary Albert King This is the latest release in the critically-acclaimed Concord Music Group Definitive CD series This is truely a 'must have' CD for all blues and guitar fans Features performances by: Steve Cropper, Donald Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr., Wayne Jackson, Booker T. Jones, Michael Llorens, Tony Llorens, Andrew Love, John Mayhall, Blue Mitchell, Pop Staples, Marvell Thomas, Michael Toles, The Memphis Horns, The Bar-Kays, The Movement, The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Hot Buttered Soul and others.
Well ever since Albert King died in 1992 there have been many compilations of this Blues Legend's work. The only one which actually included a sample of his whole career was the Rhino (1993) one released just after Albert died. It had the (still) very rare sides from Coun-tree and they are great, such as Lonesome, one of my favourites. This latest offering is an expanded version of the 2007 Very Best of Albert King which contains some fairly rare mixes, singles and remasters. They are all back again. I have to give this five stars for the expansion material, the reasonable price and the great booklet included which has album cover reproductions and 45 labels- even more than the rare UK "Blues For You" CD of the 1990s. This CD is a collector's item.
I reviewed the original disc in 2007 in a quite a lot of detail and that review is still available, so I'll discuss the new material and a few points. If you are new to Albert King this compilation has samples from all of Alber's Stax records from "Born Under A Bad Sign" to "The Pinch", his last real Stax LP and the first Fantasy Records LP of the 1980s, "I'm In A Phone Booth, Baby". Overall, this is an excellent introduction to the music of Albert King.
In Disc 1 the set starts with Albert's first national hit (on King Records) which was the self-penned and stolen from his many influences such as Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk and Tampa Red, "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong". This is a new mix and it is very good and clear. The next selections are from the "Born Under a Bad Sign" signature LP which was a compilation of outtakes and studio single hits-like his first LP "The Big Blues" was for King Records, which I guess is appropriate as a starting place. "Laundromat Blues" is the rare original single and has been curiously edited to cut part of the famous solo to the turnaround and "Oh, Pretty Woman" is a different version to the original album-it is also the rare single version as well-you will grow to love it! "The Sky Is Crying" is Albert's famous take on Elmore James' tune that inspired SRV in the 1980s. However, the version on "Hard Bargain"-Albert's last official ablum for the newly reconstituted Stax Label in 1995 had the alternate version which is longer, clearer and better. Incidentially- this new CD cover has the full verison of the photo used on the back of the Hard Bargain CD-I think it's great and it shows the famous Korina wood Flying-V Lucy which would be worth over $150,000+ today as one of the originals- This original Lucy was stolen more than once and according to Robby Kreiger of the Doors it was massively warped (probably from the heat in cars and gigs) so it was even harder to play and bend those notes! Albert claimed that he had every Flying-V that was ever produced at one time or another.
This Disc adds Big Mama Thronton's "Hound Dog" with a rhumba beat from his Elvis tribute LP-which of course everyone has bagged and knocked during the years-but to me it's just Elvis songs and lyrics with Stax soul-blues grooves so enjoy it! And the drummer is Al Jackson. Jr (I just got to visit his grave south of Memphis during my last trip to Memphis-he has drums on his tombstone!) Albert's grave by the way is still surrounded with some broken bricks a year after I last visited it! Wow. "Honky Tonk Women" is of course a Stones tune from King's underrated LP "Lovejoy". The lyrics are changed to make it "cleaner" but as with the Elvis songs, the groove works for it. Afterall, it is Stax! "Can't You See What You're Doing To Me" is one of Albert's self-produced singles. This one had "Cold Sweat" from James Brown on the flipside. The bass riff from the Bay-Kays makes this song as does Albert's overbends-something he didn't do a lot.
Disc 2 has Don Nix's "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" tune to start off also from Lovejoy but it is cut down and fades out which is a shame. It does include for the first time a track from the Lost Session with John Mayall CD. "Tell Me What True Love Is" is an interesting track. It was home recorded at Wolfman Jack's studio in California and is in a guitar key for a change and not horn keys as Albert usually played in. This second CD offers "Angel of Mercy" and "I'll Play the Blues for You" (another cut down version) and the interesting "I Want To Get Funky" a tune that has had some resurgenece with Blues Bands in the past few years-I even heard it in Chicago at the Kingston Mines Club last month! The rarest cut on the whole CD is Mack Rice's "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'". It is great and Albert's guitar never sounded better-no effects either. It was on the rare Stax Xmas LP which was not out long and appeared as a CD in the early 1990s. Driving Wheel is a Roosevelt Sykes tune that Albert adds to this collection-it was also once very rare. There is some great guitar and difficult timed bends. Fantastic!
"I'm Doin'Fine" is also one of my personal favourites. It is from the Pinch LP now called "The Blues Don't Change". It is super soulful-one of Albert's best and you should check out Jimmy King's version as well! The CD ends with Elmore James' "Dust My Broom"-interesting with no slide guitar on it too! I would have also included "The Sky Is Crying" the later minor key version from Albert's first Fantasy LP "Phone Booth". It is a fantastic track and probably I would have also included a cut from his last CD "Red House", such as James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight", it would have been a great finale.
This is a great compilation-if only expanded. It is well worth the price and as I said the notes and photos are very good. Bill Dahl is a good music writer. My only disappointment would be that they should have included the full lenght version of the 1974 "Crosscut Saw" from the "I Wanna Get Funky" LP, it is a dictionary of Albert King licks. If you have a limited Blues collection or need a sampler of Albert King, this is currently the best and most comprehensive CD available.
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