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Freddy King Sings [Vinyl]

Freddie KingVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Guitarist Freddie King rode to fame in the early '60s with a spate of catchy instrumentals which became instant bandstand fodder for fellow bluesmen and white rock bands alike. Employing a more down-home (thumb and finger picks) approach to the B.B. King single-string style of playing, King enjoyed success on a variety of different record labels. Furthermore, he was one of the first ... Read more in Amazon's Freddie King Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (March 28, 1990)
  • Label: Modern Blues
  • ASIN: B00008FCRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. See See Baby
2. Lonesome Whistle Blues
3. Takin' Care of Business
4. Have You Ever Loved a Woman
5. You Know That You Love Me (But You Never Tell Me So)
6. I'm Tore Down
7. I Love the Woman
8. Let Me Be (Stay Away from Me)
9. It's Too Bad (Things Are Going So Tough)
10. You've Got to Love Her With a Feeling
11. If You Believe (In What You Do)
12. You Mean Mean Woman (How Can Your Love Be True)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of all recordings by Freddy King February 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The majority of the Freddy King collections available cull material from the several albums King recorded for Shelter Records in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and from live recordings of the same period. Those recordings are great, but this record stands tall as King's very best -- indeed, it is one of the great electric blues albums ever. King's playing and singing are in top form, the band is tight and swingin', the production unobtrusive. King's guitar playing is vibrant and lyrical, and he knows just when to turn it on and get frantic (check out the second half of the Tore Down solo). But what really makes this album stand out is King's singing. King was a perfect combination of the electric blues singers who came before him -- somewhere between B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and T-Bone Walker -- and the pure timbre of his voice always shakes me down. As another King, Albert liked to say, "If this don't get you you got a hole in your soul." The previous reviewer noted that Eric Clapton eventually came to play like King. But he could never sing like King. Just another reason the album is so aptly titled. If you're reading this, you must be thinking of buying this record, so do so, now. Ah gar-un-tee you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This important album influenced E.C. in the 60's October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Freddy King was an electric blues pioneer, with a beautiful voice, a song writing talent and an original, distinctive, tasteful guitar style. His staccato guitar stabs and "fluted" vocals are fluid. Although not currently as famous as BB -- he really should be. Eric Clapton cites this album as a major influence on him in the 60's. In interviews, Eric has commented that he felt Freddy King had beaten him to it when he first heard him play guitar, and that if he (EC) were lucky, he "might be able to learn to play like that"(!). Judging by the Beano album, EC did indeed learn to play like that. An album of historic importance then, but rarely seen in the stores (or even on-line) these days. Shame!
This album contains enough great classic blues songs to be classed as a greatest hits. They are songs that have stood the test of time. I find this CD sounds somehow a little duller than some other CDs with many of the same songs -- I suspect this might be due to poor re-mastering(?). I think I would have prefered a slightly rawer version -- probably live though (just a personal preference). I also tend to prefer this straight-ahead blues music over the popular surf-style songs such a san-ho-zay -- but this is a good collection none the less, and can be recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars freddy king swings April 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
not only incredible guitar playing by the true king of the blues guitar, but freddy's gospel laden, smokey blues voice gives this cd top shelf status. freddie is unbelieveable and has influenced so many great guitar players. you'll want to turn your amp to 11 to listen to this one.
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