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The Big Blues

Albert KingVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Albert King is truly a "King of the Blues," although he doesn't hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does -- his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and ... Read more in Amazon's Albert King Store

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  • Vinyl (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B00AGKH4DA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let s Have a Natural Ball
2. What Can I Do to Change Your Mind?
3. I Get Evil
4. Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn t Be Like It Is)
5. This Morning
6. I Walked All Night Long
7. Don t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
8. Travelin to California
9. I ve Made Nights By Myself
10. This Funny Feeling
11. Ooh-Ee Baby
12. Dyna Flow

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Standing well over six feet and weighing in at around 250 pounds, it s no surprise that Albert King earned the nickname The Velvet Bulldozer. Standing on stage with his Gibson Flying V, named Lucy, King cut an imposing visual figure. After a few abortive recording attempts, King scored a #14 R&B single on King Records with Don t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong in 1961. The song captured the distinctive call-and-response style between King s voice and guitar, a direct extension of his gospel roots and it was included on his debut album, The Big Blues. Backed by a razor sharp band, which included Ike Turner on piano, King showed an authoritative command of ballads, rumbas and mid-tempo shuffles. It was a sound honed in countless club gigs, a vivid sound as the LP jacket rightly proclaimed. To restore this sound to its royal splendor, Sundazed sourced this reissue from the original King mono master tapes. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI) in Camarillo, CA, this resurrected LP boasts breathtaking sound. Nothing less would have been worthy of one of the most important albums in the blues pantheon. All hail King Albert! --Sundazed Music

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proper Restoration At Last May 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was Albert King's first official album and, finally, the material therein - usually splattered across various slapdash bargain collections - is restored to context. The rhythm section isn't anything close to the precision of the Stax/Volt crew which graduated King from rumour to star in 1966 (well, name one rhythm section that is) - but if you can overcome both that and a couple of songwriting turkeys, you're in for a treat. Put this together with the King tracks on Chess's "Door to Door" and you've got a comprehensive gathering of just what made Albert King's reputation enough that Stax couldn't wait to sign him when they had the chance in the first place. Even at this comparatively early stage of his blues career, Albert King was playing like his life depended on it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the BEST! September 21, 2007
By R. Levy
Format:Audio CD
Albert G-d rest his soul, was simply the best that ever played a blues guitar. As a teenager in 1969 I played organ for him before joining BB King's band. NOBODY ever outplayed him on a good night. His perfect timing & rhythm and total on key in-tune bends never ceased to amaze me.
Maybe some could play more notes, but no one could play one note better'n him. As soon as you'd hear him, you'd know it was him and not someone else stealing his licks, as so many have. Arguably, he may have played & grooved better on his Stax material, but he was no slouch here and was well on his way towards developing his signature stinging sound that was so unique and original. He was a great, kind and wonderful human being as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Album but.... April 15, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Lots of good sounds here but the title cut? "The Big Blues", listed as #7?
It's not here; the album goes right from "I Walked All Night Long"
to "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong".

12 cuts, not 13.

Argh.

Otherwise, fine.
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