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A specially priced 2-disc salute to one of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar, Albert King. This is a comprehensive and definitive portrait of one of the biggest influences on blues and rock guitar players, the legendary Albert King This is the latest release in the critically-acclaimed Concord Music Group Definitive CD series This is truely a 'must have' CD for all blues and guitar fans Features performances by: Steve Cropper, Donald Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr., Wayne Jackson, Booker T. Jones, Michael Llorens, Tony Llorens, Andrew Love, John Mayhall, Blue Mitchell, Pop Staples, Marvell Thomas, Michael Toles, The Memphis Horns, The Bar-Kays, The Movement, The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Hot Buttered Soul and others.


Disc: 1
1. Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
2. Laundromat Blues
3. Oh, Pretty Woman
4. Crosscut Saw
5. Born Under a Bad Sign
6. Cold Feet
7. (I Love) Lucy
8. Blues Power [Live]
9. Killing Floor
10. The Sky Is Crying
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
2. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
3. Tell Me What True Love Is
4. Angel of Mercy
5. I'll Play the Blues for You, Pt. 1
6. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
7. Answer to the Laundromat Blues
8. Match Box Blues [Live at Wattstax] [Live]
9. I Wanna Get Funky [Live]
10. Playing on Me
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B004N5DHI0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Perry Celestino on June 1, 2011
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Well ever since Albert King died in 1992 there have been many compilations of this Blues Legend's work. The only one which actually included a sample of his whole career was the Rhino (1993) one released just after Albert died. It had the (still) very rare sides from Coun-tree and they are great, such as Lonesome, one of my favourites. This latest offering is an expanded version of the 2007 Very Best of Albert King which contains some fairly rare mixes, singles and remasters. They are all back again. I have to give this five stars for the expansion material, the reasonable price and the great booklet included which has album cover reproductions and 45 labels- even more than the rare UK "Blues For You" CD of the 1990s. This CD is a collector's item.

I reviewed the original disc in 2007 in a quite a lot of detail and that review is still available, so I'll discuss the new material and a few points. If you are new to Albert King this compilation has samples from all of Alber's Stax records from "Born Under A Bad Sign" to "The Pinch", his last real Stax LP and the first Fantasy Records LP of the 1980s, "I'm In A Phone Booth, Baby". Overall, this is an excellent introduction to the music of Albert King.

In Disc 1 the set starts with Albert's first national hit (on King Records) which was the self-penned and stolen from his many influences such as Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk and Tampa Red, "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong". This is a new mix and it is very good and clear. The next selections are from the "Born Under a Bad Sign" signature LP which was a compilation of outtakes and studio single hits-like his first LP "The Big Blues" was for King Records, which I guess is appropriate as a starting place.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OffBeat Magazine on July 4, 2011
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The very first blues album I ever purchased was Albert King's Born Under a Bad Sign. Forty-two-years later, I still have it and play it. It's been through three years at a distant college, a move here from Canada, a divorce and Katrina. That album is on the same podium with Bobby "Blue" Bland's Two Steps from the Blues and The Best of Muddy Waters. This two-CD reissue contains several tracks from that album and so much more.

The album opens with a ringer, "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong," a song that predates King's Stax tenure, but was his first hit from 1961. Most of the best tracks from Born Under a Bad Sign (the first Stax album) are represented, including the brilliant "Laundromat Blues," "Crosscut Saw" and the title track. On these recordings, King was capably backed by Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis Horns, but what made these recordings stand out was King's unconventional guitar playing--he played a right-handed guitar left-handed--and he always sounded pissed off. While the 1970s brought about drastic changes in music, King stuck with what worked for him.

There are several covers here on disc but they're done King's way, and the album includes his Stax Christmas classic "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'," which was recently covered on an episode of Treme. If you want to hear some of the best blues from the 1960s and 1970s, be on the lookout for this one.--Jeff Hannusch, OffBeat Magazine, June 2011 issue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wilson on February 10, 2014
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This compilation has bad sound quality and the worst part is the songs are cut off, apparently an attempt to fill the two cd's. Albert King was a guitar player yet his playing is cut short by the makers of this so called definitive collection. Be safe and buy the original recordings to hear the real man and his guitar.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RJM Music Man on December 13, 2011
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I am an avid fan of AK. I have over 20 cd's and maybe 15 lp's of his blues. For my money he is the best. This collection offers a few shortened versions of some of his greatest songs. Most notably "I'll Play The Blues For You". In my opinion this is his best song he ever produced. Why would anyone consciously omit the full version. If you really like Albert King there are many other collections you can buy. If you're just starting out listening to him you must make your first purchase the aforementioned "I'll Play The Blues For You" CD of the same title.
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By Mike Guerin on April 17, 2013
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Awesome album. A great look at one of Stevie Ray Vaughn's heroes. A must for anyone interesting in learning about the blues.
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