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The Complete King Federal Singles (2 CD Set) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B00ANDCYTO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling
2. Have You Ever Loved a Woman
3. Hideaway
4. I Love the Woman
5. Lonesome Whistle Blues
6. It's Too Bad Things Are Going So Tough
7. San-Ho-Zay!
8. See See Baby
9. I'm Tore Down
10. Sen-Sa-Shun
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Disc: 2
1. It's Easy, Child
2. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
3. Look, Ma, I'm Cryin'
4. (I'd Love to) Make Love to You
5. One Hundred Years
6. (The Welfare) Turns Its Back on You
7. You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree
8. Surf Monkey
9. Monkey Donkey
10. Meet Me at the Station
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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone ranked him the #15 greatest guitarist of all time. His sharp treble tone, hooky melodic licks and innovative fingerpicking style using metal banjo picks on electric guitar were a profound influence on such British guitar gods as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. And his live performances were so incendiary, so unstoppable and his build so imposing that he was nicknamed "The Texas Cannonball." Yet to date, no collection has focused on the original single sides Freddy King cut for the King and Federal labels in the '60s, the blistering tracks that made his reputation and continue to be the centerpiece of his recorded legacy. Now, Real Gone Music has rounded up all 54 of those original single sides (over half of them in hard-to-find stereo mixes) and carefully packed them on to two CDs for about 155 minutes of pure blues guitar heat, featuring such hits as "Hideaway," "Lonesome Whistle Blues," "San-Ho-Zay!" and "I'm Tore Down." Notes by Freddie King expert Bill Dahl, photos and pristine mastering by Jurgen Crasser complete as concentrated a dose of blues guitar greatness as you will ever find.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 28, 2013
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"Working in Chicago, that's where I first started playing in a band, but I been playing guitar since I was six. I picked up the style between Lightnin' Hopkins and T-Bone Walker. That's in-between style, that's the way I play, see. So I plays country and city. I used to use three picks, but then Eddie Taylor, he showed me how to get the speed out of two picks, see. He's fast, man, Eddie is. But in a way I'm fast in some things, you know?" Freddie King.

Texan Freddie (or Freddy originally) King (real name Fred Christian) took both his last name and his first guitar lessons from his mother. He went on to become a highly influential bluesman until his early death at 42 in 1976. This set collects, in chronological order, all 54 singles for the King/Federal label, recorded by King, from (arguably) his best period-1960 through 1967. This is 2 1/2 hours of good/great blues. The 15 page booklet contains an essay on King and his music, along with a few photographs of King. Also included are recording dates and chart positions of singles. There's no information as to what masters were used (if they were) or whether these tracks have been remastered. The tracks sound crisp and clean, but still retain some of the limitations (and flavor) from the period and conditions (King's vocal echo and period mixing) when they were recorded. The original mixes aren't an issue here because the music takes precedence.

King forged his own sound and style based on Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin' Hopkins and others. He, along with Jimmy Dawkins, Magic Sam, Luther Allison and other then contemporary guitarists were part of the "new" wave of blues guitarists. King's guitar /vocal style was influential (especially) during the early 60's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Elwin Martin on May 28, 2013
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I have been getting into Blues at this stage of life, after having a lot of Jazz, Rock etc. I did not have any Freddie King. One needs all the Kings- B B King, Albert King & Freddie. This is a nice set of his material, and as good a place as any to start. I purchased it from Amazon along with some other CDs. Now, I am trying to find more of his material. As I am new to Blues myself, I refer you to some of the great blues reviewers, but this one should be on your "Want List", Thank You for taking a moment to read this
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In my humble opinion it does not get any better than Freddie King. This is well worth the purchase be it Freddie's early stuff or later stuff it is all pure magic as far as I am concerned. So if you love Freddie as I do, do yourself a favor and pick this up if you do not have it already you will not be dissapointed
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tjones on October 7, 2013
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It's great these sides have been reissued and re-mastered, however there are some songs missing that I have on the old King- Federal from the 70's double LP, wich are the following:
1-Washout (some of Freddie's most expressive playing)
2-Watch Over Me ( with blues r&b singer Lulu Reed)
3-Low Tide ( Freddie's riffs' are so intense it's enough for any blues or rock guitar player to drool over)
4-C.C.Rider
5- Remington Ride
6- Swooshy
7- The Sad Night Owl
8- Out Front
Why these were not included is beyond me, but there are others on these 2 cd's that were not on the double lp, which makes it worth buying. I'm glad I had enough sense to take good care of my vinyl back then.Hold on to your old lp's!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Shurville on July 21, 2014
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