Blues Legends: Albert King - Live in Sweden
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This set was taped in Sweden in June, 1980 and it has a younger (around 56-who knows his real age!)Albert performing with a seven piece band including a horn section (which is his best work!). He is playing his custom Flying-V "Lucy" with a normal Gibson headstock (eg., 335)and interestingly, no pick-up covers! The sound is fat and seems like the tone he achieved in the early 1980s when he started using his custom phaser (for the uninitiated: an effect that came out in the 1970s-post wah-wah (Hendrix). The sound is great but may be too much for the casual listener. It is much like his tone on the CD "Blues At Sunrise". The set he plays includes a great intro- very aggressive and great bending with his custom riffs. He then goes into "Born Under A Bad Sign" his signature tune from 1966's album of the same name. Then they put on a curious interview, why??? Why wasn't this at the end??? As a bonus? The DVD then continues with his old version (pre: "I'm In A Phone Booth" LP)of "The Sky Is Crying". It is great and even has the mixed up introduction as he always did even on records too-"and...Read more ›
Imperfections aside, if you know Albert King's work, you are invariably a fan, and so this DVD is an essential buy. There's plenty of good camera work showing King's giant paws working the frets and choking the you know what out of Lucy, the Gibson Flying V guitar that Albert calls, "My honey". We hear his signature tune "Born Under a Bad Sign" (I still haven't heard a version that wasn't just a little better than decent without King's Stax Records compadres Booker T. & the MGs backing him up) and the standard "The Very Thought of You", which shows that the deep voiced Blues giant was also one heck of a soulful singer, and that though Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn could almost match his power, they never came close to his tastefulness and touch.
King definitely provides great highlights, not only with his playing, but with his always perfectly timed "Woooooooos!" and "Yeahhhhs!". Those moments are great examples of Albert King style Blues. Orgasmic bursts of joy that could instantly cure the bluest man's blues.Read more ›
1. The show has been edited around (as evidenced by Albert's state of dress and level of sweat) so is not the original running order it seems.
2. The highspots are when Albert lets fly on his solos (his fingering and left handed style caught very well on camera) but his West Coast support band is at best perfunctory and a second guitarist who is sadly not in his league which waters down the intensity of the show - highspots are "Born under a Bad Sign" and the Elmore Jame song "The sky is crying" and the first interview when he covers his early days of struggle pre-Stax success.
3. Lowspots are the band's (without Albert) rendition of Summertime and the final track overlapped with a second interview, plus the overall set listing is not all of Albert's best.
While one suspects Albert's video recording legacy is not great one hopes that better examples of this great bluesman can be traced and released (rumours his CD released Montreux shows were videotaped abound and paired with his Wattstax show would be a killer DVD).
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the dvd albert king live in sweden was good . it could have been longer. the music was very good. the guitar was very good . the band was excellent.Published 20 months ago by Paul Narloch
Rare visual look at performances of one of the finest blues artist who ever lived.Published on July 18, 2014 by A. C Rucker
Albert King was born in the Mississippi Delta, in the town of Indianola, back in the 1920's, and died in Memphis during 1992. Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Gary Covington
This is one really good DVD from one of the all time GREAT Blues legends. Albert King ROCKS out the Blues. Long live the BLUES!!Published on September 22, 2009 by B. klatt
As a Albert King fan, I found this DVD lacking. The video is poor, the song selection not great, the audio bad.Published on September 4, 2007 by Allen Wyler
I bought this DVD because I love Albert King. Otherwise I would give it 3 stars. It's short - about 1 hour - and he's only playing for about 40 minutes. Read morePublished on March 2, 2006 by Munga Man
...not in the same class as some of some new productions (such as some of Santana recent video) but of its time it is excellent. Read morePublished on April 1, 2005 by sir_isaac_newton