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The Definitive Albert King

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Blues guitarist Albert King was in his prime when he signed with Stax Records in 1966, and he stayed with the label through 1975, turning out his most memorable performances in that time, from his signature “Born Under a Bad Sign” to his blazing take on “Cross Cut Saw.” Working with the Stax house band that just happened to be Booker T. & the MG’s gave his recordings a full, soulful blues sound, and his distinctive and mannered guitar playing style (a left-hander, he kept his guitar in an E-minor tuning and played it upside down without reversing the strings, which meant when he bent a note, it bent the opposite way than most guitar players would bend it) influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton. This fine two-disc set collects the best tracks from King's time with Stax, and includes “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “Cross Cut Saw” (there’s also a 1974 remake of this one collected here), and striking, interesting versions of Elmore James' “The Sky Is Crying” and the iconic “Hound Dog,” among other sides. It all adds up to a fine portrait of a great guitarist in his prime.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong
Various Interprets
00:02:53

Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1961 Bobbin Records

2
Laundromat Blues (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:05

Albert King, MainArtist - Sandy Jones Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Stax Records

3
Oh, Pretty Woman (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:43

Albert King, MainArtist - A.C. Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Craft Recordings.

4
Crosscut Saw (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:32

R.G. Ford, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Stax Records

5
Born Under A Bad Sign (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:44

Booker T. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist - William Bell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Stax Records

6
Cold Feet
Various Interprets
00:02:45

Al Jackson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Stax Records

7
(I Love) Lucy (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:51

Booker T. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist - William Bell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2006 Craft Recordings.

8
Blues Power (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:10

al jackson jr., Producer - Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

9
Killing Floor (Vocal)
Various Interprets
00:03:05

CHESTER BURNETT, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Stax Records

10
The Sky Is Crying (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:09

Morgan Robinson, ComposerLyricist - al jackson jr., Producer - ELMORE JAMES, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Stax Records

11
Drowning On Dry Land (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:54

Albert King, MainArtist - Allan Jones, ComposerLyricist - Mickey Gregory, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

12
Tupelo (Pt. 1) (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:53

Steve Cropper, MainArtist - Albert King, MainArtist - John Lee Hooker, Composer - Pops Staples, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

13
Water (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:06

Al Jackson, Jr., Producer - Steve Cropper, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Floyd, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Al Bell, Producer - Pops Staples, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

14
Wrapped Up In Love Again (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:18

Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

15
Hound Dog (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:02

Jerry Leiber, ComposerLyricist - Mike Stoller, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1970 Stax Records

16
Can't You See What You're Doing To Me (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:38

Albert King, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

17
Honky Tonk Woman (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:58

KEITH RICHARDS, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Stax Records

DISC 2

1
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:44

Albert King, MainArtist - Don Nix, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

2
She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:55

Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc

3
Tell Me What True Love Is
Various Interprets
00:04:56

Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - John Mayall, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

4
Angel of Mercy (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:20

Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist - Banks, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

5
I'll Play The Blues For You (Pt. 1 / Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:41

Albert King, MainArtist - Jerry Beach, Composer - Allen Jones, Producer - Henry Bush, Producer

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

6
Breaking Up Somebody's Home (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:38

Al Jackson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist - Timothy Matthews, ComposerLyricist - Allen Jones, Producer - Henry Bush, Producer

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

7
Answer To The Laundromat Blues (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:34

Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1972 Stax Records

8
Match Box Blues (Live)
Various Interprets
00:04:41

Mack Rice, Producer, Assistant Producer - Terry Manning, Producer, Assistant Producer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Nixon, Producer, Assistant Producer, Remix Engineer, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Tom Scott, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ray Thompson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Albert King, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - William Brown, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Bell, Producer, Recording Producer - Bettye Crutcher, Producer, Assistant Producer - Pete Bishop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Purple, Recording Engineer, Recording Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Phil De Lancie, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Stax Records

9
I Wanna Get Funky (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:07

Albert King, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Smith, ComposerLyricist - Allen Jones, Producer - Henry Bush, Producer

℗ 1974 Stax Records

10
Playing On Me (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:42

Mack Rice, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

11
That's What The Blues Is All About (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:03:51

Albert King, MainArtist - Allen Jones, Producer - Henry Bush, Producer - Robert Patterson, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Strickland, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

12
Flat Tire (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:18

Albert King, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

13
Crosscut Saw [1974 version] (Single Version)
Various Interprets
00:02:48

R.G. Ford, Composer - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

14
Santa Claus Wants Some Loving
Various Interprets
00:03:00

Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Allen Jones, Producer - Henry Bush, Producer

℗ 2009 Fantasy Records

15
Drivin' Wheel (Album Version)
Various Interprets
00:04:45

Roosevelt Sykes, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 1994 Fantasy, Inc.

16
I'm Doing Fine
Various Interprets
00:03:27

Earl Randle, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist - Allen Jones, Producer - Henry Bush, Producer - Erma Clanton, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 Fantasy Records

17
Dust My Broom
Various Interprets
00:03:58

ELMORE JAMES, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist - Robert Johnson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1984 Fantasy, Inc.

Album Description

Blues guitarist Albert King was in his prime when he signed with Stax Records in 1966, and he stayed with the label through 1975, turning out his most memorable performances in that time, from his signature “Born Under a Bad Sign” to his blazing take on “Cross Cut Saw.” Working with the Stax house band that just happened to be Booker T. & the MG’s gave his recordings a full, soulful blues sound, and his distinctive and mannered guitar playing style (a left-hander, he kept his guitar in an E-minor tuning and played it upside down without reversing the strings, which meant when he bent a note, it bent the opposite way than most guitar players would bend it) influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton. This fine two-disc set collects the best tracks from King's time with Stax, and includes “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “Cross Cut Saw” (there’s also a 1974 remake of this one collected here), and striking, interesting versions of Elmore James' “The Sky Is Crying” and the iconic “Hound Dog,” among other sides. It all adds up to a fine portrait of a great guitarist in his prime.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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