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The Very Best Of Albert King

Albert King

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A left-handed, self-taught guitar player who played his instrument upside down and backwards, Albert King could wring out guitar leads that were as sharp as razor blades zinging along a telephone line, but he was also a well-rounded musician, having played drums in Chicago for Jimmy Reed and was a good enough singer to have been part of a gospel quartet called the Harmony Kings. But his claim to fame and history will always be his guitar playing, and in particular, the sides he cut between 1966 and 1974 for Stax Records, the best of which are collected here. Stax was known for its funky Southern soul sides, and the blues wasn't really on the table for the imprint when King cut "Laundromat Blues" for them in 1966. The song did well enough that King became Stax's blues division almost single-handedly, releasing classics like "Crosscut Saw" in 1966 and King's signature tune, "Born Under a Bad Sign," written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones, in 1967. All of these are here, along with a slower and funkier remake of "Crosscut Saw" that King cut for Stax in 1974, making this compilation not only a fine introduction to this fiery guitar player, but also a solid survey of his peak years.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
Laundromat Blues (Album Version)
00:03:08

Albert King, MainArtist - Sandy Jones Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Stax Records

2
Oh, Pretty Woman (Album Version)
00:02:44

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

℗ 1967 Craft Recordings.

3
Crosscut Saw (Album Version)
00:02:34

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

℗ 1967 Stax Records

4
Born Under A Bad Sign (Album Version)
00:02:46

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

℗ 1967 Stax Records

5
Cold Feet
00:02:46

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

℗ 1969 Stax Records

6
(I Love) Lucy (Album Version)
00:02:53

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

℗ 2006 Craft Recordings.

7
Blues Power (Single Version)
00:03:12

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

8
Drowning On Dry Land (Single Version)
00:03:57

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

9
Tupelo (Pt. 1) (Single Version)
00:02:55

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

10
Water (Single Version)
00:03:08

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.

11
Wrapped Up In Love Again (Single Version)
00:02:20

Albert King, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

12
Can't You See What You're Doing To Me (Single Version)
00:03:39

Albert King, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

13
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (Single Version)
00:03:46

Albert King, MainArtist - Don Nix, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

14
Angel of Mercy (Single Version)
00:04:22

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

15
I'll Play The Blues For You (Pt. 1 / Single Version)
00:03:42

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

16
Breaking Up Somebody's Home (Single Version)
00:03:40

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

17
Playing On Me (Single Version)
00:03:44

Mack Rice, ComposerLyricist - Albert King, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

18
That's What The Blues Is All About (Single Version)
00:03:53

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

19
Flat Tire (Single Version)
00:04:20

Albert King, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

20
Crosscut Saw [1974 version] (Single Version)
00:02:48

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

℗ 2007 Stax / Fantasy Records Inc.

Album Description

A left-handed, self-taught guitar player who played his instrument upside down and backwards, Albert King could wring out guitar leads that were as sharp as razor blades zinging along a telephone line, but he was also a well-rounded musician, having played drums in Chicago for Jimmy Reed and was a good enough singer to have been part of a gospel quartet called the Harmony Kings. But his claim to fame and history will always be his guitar playing, and in particular, the sides he cut between 1966 and 1974 for Stax Records, the best of which are collected here. Stax was known for its funky Southern soul sides, and the blues wasn't really on the table for the imprint when King cut "Laundromat Blues" for them in 1966. The song did well enough that King became Stax's blues division almost single-handedly, releasing classics like "Crosscut Saw" in 1966 and King's signature tune, "Born Under a Bad Sign," written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones, in 1967. All of these are here, along with a slower and funkier remake of "Crosscut Saw" that King cut for Stax in 1974, making this compilation not only a fine introduction to this fiery guitar player, but also a solid survey of his peak years.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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