First things first. Left-handed blues guitarist Albert King played a right-handed, right-strung guitar turned upside down. Left-handed blues guitarist Jimi Hendrix played a right-handed, left-strung guitar upside-down.That said..When Albert King came to Memphis and signed with Stax records in 1966, no parties knew exactly what effect King's blues sensibilities would have on the Southern soul of house band Booker T. and the MGs nor how the band's well-established southern-fried credentials would inspire King. The result, captured in technicolor on Born Under a Bad Sign polishes the rough edges of the blues with a humid Memphis soul ...read more
By now, the history of Stax Records has become more than just a story. The history of this haven for southern soul music--steeped in gospel and the blues, blues tempered with rhythm or served straight up blue--has grown into something closer to legend, a legend that the recent series of ten Stax Profiles, compilations from seminal Stax blues and soul artists, will only serve to advance.
The history of Stax Records and its Volt subsidiary, from its inception in 1961 until it ceased operations in the mid-1970s, reads like a Who's Who of American Soul Music. Albert King, ...read more
Electric blues giant Albert King recorded this excellent live set in Chicago in February 1978. It’s unfortunate that no one documented the musicians with whom he was playing that night, but in the end King’s overpowering presence almost renders any other sounds moot. The sheer power of his guitar sound and commanding vocals dominated most every show he ever played a part in, and this disc is no exception.
For a board mix, the sound quality of these old tapes is remarkable. From the opening notes of “Born Under a Bad Sign” through the marathon “Please Come Back To Me,” ...read more
There's little need for explanation when it comes to Albert King. Though he never had a profile near that of B.B., the other" King, he has been incredibly influential on generations of blues musicians. Like fellow lefty Jimi Hendrix, he played a right-handed guitar upside-down and backwards. More than most blues musicians, he lingered on stretched notes to provide emotional emphasis. And rather than aiming for blues purity--which would have been perfectly in character given his Delta and Arkansas origins--he integrated popular styles into his sound.
The 1978 live performance documented on Talkin' Blues was recorded in Chicago ...read more
In 1983, blues legend Albert King scheduled a TV appearance on In Session, a program produced by CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario. The show matched like-minded musicians in hour-long jam sessions. In advance of the show, the 60-year-old King was only told that he’d be jamming with another guitarist. His collaborator turned out to be 29-year-old Stevie Ray Vaughan, fresh from recording his first album Texas Flood.This recording of the King-Vaughan summit is not only historic, it's a guitar-lover’s delight. Vaughan counted King as his biggest influence, and he was clearly honored to play with the blues legend that ...read more
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