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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZI5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(1972 'Stax') (40:14/08)


Near-definitive blues with soul, first heard in 1972. King's piercing notes and vitriol-soaked phrases respond tellingly to his warm, reassuring vocals-his title declaration of intent and "Breakin' Up Somebody's Home" are extremely compelling. The Bar-Kays truckle to his will with stirring groove, but one can't help pining for the rhythm magic of first-call Stax backups the M.G.s. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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Sound quality is very good.
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Makes me Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home.
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One of the best blues albums we've ever heard.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Perry Celestino on February 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When the late great Albert King signed with Stax records in the 60's, they really didn't know what to do with him. Like Aretha Franklin at Atlantic (which had a hold on Stax in the 1960s). They teamed him up with Booker T and the MGs to produce a unique soul based blues that no one had ever heard. He had had several winning LPs for Stax and then put out this one. "I'll Play the Blues for You" is a concept LP (Like Issac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul). King re-invents himself to fit into the emerging soul-funk grooves of the 1970s. However, his guitar playing is about the best it ever got!

"I'll Play The Blues For You (Parts One and Two") showcases his singing, talking blues ability and guitar. It features the only use of his famous (to blues players) bass string riff in Part 2 of the tune. SRV used it several times. "Little Brother Make A Way" is a great soul vocal and is the only double tracked vocal he ever did! "Breaking Up Sombodys Home" is a classic blues funk inspired from an earlier tune by Ann Peebles. He vamps it up with a meaty solo. "I'll Be Doggone" is a Marvin Gaye tune made into real soul (like Stax did!!!) I have never fully believed that that track is really live- oh well, it is effective! The solo has true King-style bending.

"Don't Burn Down The Bridge" is a King classic. However, he subsequently was never able to produce the power in this song in later live versions of it. The bending on this tune is the best ever in any blues music, it is Albert's finest creative hour! (I'll stick my neck out!) SRV tries in The Sky is Crying and a couple more efforts, but this is IT!!!!

"Angel of Mercy", another classic minor key blues, was originally a bonus single later added to this LP. This one also features King's finest bending and phrasing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
US released Monday 22 May 2012 (4 June 2012 in the UK) - Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072337169 is release number seven in the 2011/2012 "STAX REMASTERS" CD Series and breaks down as follows (60:59 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "I'll Play The Blues For You" - released October 1972 in the USA on Stax Records STS-3009 and January 1973 in the UK on Stax Records 2325 089

Track 9 is "I'll Play The Blues For You (Alternate Version)" (8:44 minutes)
Track 10 is "Don't Burn Down The Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across) (Alternate Version)" (5:13 minutes)
Track 11 is "I Need A Love" (4:29 minutes) [Album Outtake]
Track 12 is "Albert's Stomp" (2:18 minutes) [Album Outtake - Instrumental]

The new 12-page booklet has very knowledgeable and affectionate liner notes by BILL DAHL who did the exceptional liner notes on Bear Family's 1961-1970 "Sweet Soul Music" CDs (10 volumes) and their 1945-1960 "Blowing The Fuse" series on R'n'B music (16 volumes). I've reviewed nearly all of them. You also get the original artwork on the front and rear of the booklet, musician and session details and the LP's original liner notes etc. But once again the big news is the NEWLY REMASTERED SOUND...

I've reviewed all the other titles in the "Stax Remasters" series (see list below) and duly raved about the fabulous sound quality on them - especially after years of lacklustre reissues in jewel cases and repro digipaks. Well this is the same. 24-bit remastered from the first generation tapes at JOE TARANTINO Mastering in Berkeley, California - the audio quality is superbly warm - especially the drum and bass (so sweet).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on January 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are no fewer than three albums by Albert King titled "I'll Play The Blues For You" - a 1999 album which also includes some sides by John Lee Hooker, a 1977 live recording, and this one, which is the original, or at least the first.

Released on Stax in 1972, "I'll Play The Blues For You" doesn't quit match his magnificent second LP, "Born Under A Bad Sign", but it is a very enjoyable, melodic blues record, even if it lacks the raw, gritty power of men like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
Albert King's soulful vocals are supremely smooth and confident all the way through, and this album includes some of his best recordings of the 70s, "I'll Play The Blues For You", "High Cost Of Loving", and "Little Brother (Make A Way)" among them.
The title track would be even better without the spoken soliloqy half way through part one, but King's fluid guitar playing couldn't be better. When Stevie Ray Vaughan was a boy, he wanted to be Albert King, and you can understand why when you hear King's sparse but powerful soloing, every note ringing clear as a bell.

The Memphis Horns back Albert King on this album, without overwhelming him in the slightest, a credit to the excellent mix and the relatively lean production.
This funky, soul-influenced slice of urban blues is one of King's best Stax sets, and one of his best studio albums, too.
Definitely recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on May 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The title cut alone makes the set worth it - this is the single best piece of music Big Albert ever cut for Stax without the M.G.s, and he bloody well yanks the Bar-Kays into line with every one of his trademark crying guitar notes. It's also almost the last studio album of his career in which he could make the case that while he was keeping step in the modern world he didn't and wouldn't forget the blues. He turns a lesser Marvin Gaye chestnut ("I'll Be Doggone") into greasy Southern-fried blues, and he's so damn charming that you'll forgive him for trying to re-write his classic "Laundromat Blues" as laughably as he does here. If that's the only clinker, so be it - by this point in the game, Big Albert had earned the right to it, and anyway, he's poking at himself as much as anything else, which not too many bluesmen had the serenity to do well.
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