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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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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004TLZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An 18-track expansion of The Best of Freddie King , which hasn't been available for 10 years! Freddie fires up his Texas guitar and tears through Going Down; Five Long Years; Same Old Blues; Woman Across the River; Big Legged Woman; I'm Ready , and more of the best from his three famed Shelter LPs.

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The production value I think is very good, again adding to the package value.
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Freddie unleashes some wonderful guitar riffs and his vocals are straight from blues heaven.
Mad Mau
Albert, B.B., Freddie...If you love some old school blues, you'll love Freddie King.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mad Mau on August 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD primarily, because I don't own any other Freddie King CD's, had decided to try him out and this was the only one available at my local record store.

Having listened to it for several days now I can write a one word review: FANTASTIC!

I've read the other reviews concerning this CD and have learned that Freddie, like most other musicians, apparently evolved and changed stylings somewhat over time. The work during his Shelter Records time certainly does have a 70's sound. And it does have a definite Leon Russell footprint, in production and sound, including Leon's signature piano tinklings and his gospel-esque background vocals on many cuts. But what's wrong with that? The answer is: Absolutely Nothing!

This CD is great from start to finish. Freddie unleashes some wonderful guitar riffs and his vocals are straight from blues heaven.

In short....... if Freddie's early stuff is half as good as his efforts later in his career, than I'm in for a quite treat when I can locate some of them.

Point is; you can't go wrong with this CD. Shelter era, Pre-Shelter era..... It's all Freddie King!
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By happydogpotatohead VINE VOICE on September 13, 2002
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This is a hard CD to review. On the one hand, if this was all I knew of Freddie King, I'd say it was very good. On the other hand, if you know of his recordings for King/Federal, this definitely pales in comparison.
The songs are largely covers, which is strange as King showed himself, in his earlier recordings, capable of writing blues classics all on his own. Some kind of hilarious cover-tune nadir is reached when they take John Fogerty's country tune, "Lodi," and turn it into a fast shuffle. Freddie insists on singing, "Stuck in Lowdown again," instead of Lodi, thus accounting for the song title "Lowdown in Lodi."
Another minus: the instrumentation and recording reeks of the 1970s; no reverb, flat drum sounds and (shudder) strings a' la' B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone" on some songs. Leon Russell made sure his keyboards were right up there in the mix, too; not so much that they overwhelm Freddie King's guitar and vocals, but he's definitely trying to prove he's there.
Another drawback is the 70's funk touches on some tunes, which make it sound like Freddie's trying to encroach on Albert King's 70's territory. The problem is that the musicians here aren't terribly funky. Albert had Stax's house band when he went toward the funky blues, where Freddie here has to contend with guys who sound like they would be more at home on a J.J. Cale record.
Overall it's really shocking how much this resembles an Eric Clapton record from the 1970s. If you were to find someone who had never heard of Freddie King, and play this album and any one of Clapton's mid-70's albums back to back, they might be forgiven for thinking it was all the same guy.
But...Freddie King performs magnificently. His vocals are in top form and his guitar playing is stellar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By . VINE VOICE on April 19, 2003
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Yes, as another reviewer mentions, I also prefer the older Freddy King stuff... BUT, I could not live without 'Goin'Down', and _this_ cd is the best place to have it on. These truly are the best Freddy tracks from the Shelter period,( the tracks that I skipped over before are gone now), and the new mix is noticeably better. To complete the rehab, the pamphlet notes,(by Bill Dahl, who also compiled the set), are more complete and worthwhile than anything on the originals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jbembe on October 31, 2002
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I got this album simply because there was a quote from Eric Clapton on the cover saying that Freddie King was an essential influence on his guitar style. As noted in other reviews, this is quite apparent. The CD offers some great songs and passionate blues and is highly recommended for those interested in quality blues. My favorites are "Woman Across the River," "Going Down," and "Palace of the King" (since I was born in Dallas myself!!) This is a great album, don't overlook it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "magicfred" on January 24, 2001
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I recently got this album for Christmas. Having listen extensively to these recordings of Freddie King, I was extremely pleased to find that these recordings had been mixed again digitally by The Right Stuff or by Leon Russell. I thought I was back in Texas listening to Freddie King in Austin in 1974 or 1975. This is a superb recording!!!! Listen to Freddie playing acoustic on Jimmy Rogers "Walking by Myself" and you know he had a deep love for his Chicago friends. You can really hear the instruments clearly and upfront. Freddie justs roars through these songs on this particular CD. I'm just sorry I never got to see him live!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ehlers on April 6, 2005
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I absolutely love this album. Track after track King proves himself to be a blues guitar giant who had much influence over the next generation of guitarists. One important factor that makes many of these songs as good as they are is that King's voice is marvelous and does a great job of supplementing his guitar work. His guitar phrases are beautifully done. King's sound is really nice- it's almost a tight sound, and very invigorating. I love ninety percent of the tracks on this album, it's one of those albums where each song really is great, track after track. I highly recommend this album.
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