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Texas Cannonball

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King's output on Texas Cannonball includes brilliant covers of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Leon Russell, Bill Withers and Elmore James. Backing artists include many musicians who played with Eric Clapton in the 1970s. Clapton has stated many times over that Freddie King was among his chief influences. Supporting musicians include Leon Russell on piano, Carl Radle and Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, Jim Gordon, Chuck Blackwell and Al Jackson on drums, Don Preston on guitar and John Gallie on organ. Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in February 1972. 200 gram vinyl. Tracks: 1. Lowdown in Lodi 2. Reconsider Baby 3. Big Legged Woman 4. Me And My Guitar 5. I'd Rather Be Blind 6. Can't Trust Your Neighbor 7. You Was Wrong 8. How Many More Years 9. Ain't No Sunshine 10. The Sky Is Crying

Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Analogue Prod.
  • Run Time: 33.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B005IQ59GG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By H. Parsons on December 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Freddie King's music going on forty years ago and was fortunate to have actually seen him in concert several times when he visited San Antonio. This is by far my favorite work from Freddie. I'm not a great admirer of Leon Russell, but he does provide Freddie with some exceptional material that has had staying power with me for decades. I still own this on vinyl, a most cherished possession. Every cut is great. Having said that, an alternative would be to buy "The Best of the Shelter Years" because you get most of the cuts on Cannonball and other greats like "Woman Across the River". A real classic and one that the Allman Bros. have recently covered.

There is also a 2002 DVD covering this 1972 album.
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My favorite list. If you can't be still be gone. If you can only have one Freddie King album - Hey, this is the one. Honestly this belongs in every collection that has a real blues section. If not , why you talking to me? I been a blues man for years.
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These versions of many blues and soul standards are all fine, there are a couple of Freddie penned trax as well. I've read the quibbles in the All Music Guide and thru out the Freddie King reviwes listed below, but I still really like this music. Yes Leon's destinctive piano often sits on top of the mix, and the strings and backing female voices occationaly over power King's playing and mar and date the arrangements, but it's soooo good, even if it is at the end of the road for Freddie.
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I'd suggest picking up the 2-disc "KING OF THE BLUES".
That CD contains all of these cuts and then some; about 60 in all, in a generous package. There are only a handful of songs that are not up to par and some that are so good you will wonder why you did not already have King in your blues collection. For those looking for a blues CD beyond Freddie's vintage 1950's classics, see "KING OF THE BLUES".
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An uneven effort to be sure, but who can match Freddie when he's on? Not many. "Reconsider Baby," "Big Leg Women," and "You Can't Trust Your Neighbor" kick butt. Sizzling guitar and magnificent vocals which cut straight to the gut. A definite buy. Three or four butt-kicking cuts by Freddie more than match the career output of many. Essential material.
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Freddies steel finger 'n' thumbpicks make the notes ring out throughout this classic album. The notes swoop and bend. The version of "Reconsider Baby" (originally done by Lowell Fulson but also covered by Elvis Presley) seems like it was almost MADE for Freddie. His voice is racked with pain and anguish as he slows the song down to a funky grind and adds shimmering finger vibrato to notes that seem to fall from the sky. He was definitely the finest vocalist amongst the famous "3 Kings" and his guitar playing has influenced everyone notable, from Clapton to Johnny Winter to Paul Kossoff,etc..
A few people have tried to cover songs featured here. Tab Benoit has adequately attempted "Me & My Guitar" back in 1998, but the growling vocals of Freddie can't be equalled. Every track featured on this CD is superb and the cover art was striking when this album first was issued on vinyl back in 1971.
This CD version comes with several *bonus tracks which adds incentive to purchase it. If you think the Texas Shuffle started with The Vaughan Brothers THINK AGAIN because this was from where it originated.
I was so fortunate to see Freddie King live on stage with Eric Clapton back in summer 1976. He was a giant , both musically and physically!
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This is a fantastic album by Freddie King. Recorded in 1972 on Leon Russell's Shelter label, the album features Freddie on guitar, Leon on piano, and Donald Duck Dunn on bass. Great renditions of Lowell Fulsom's Reconsider Baby, Howlin Wolf's How Many More Years, and Bill Wither's Aint No Sunshine. Plus a coupl eof track written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. In the thirty plus years I have been listening to this, I have worn out at least four copies. Freddie really knows how to make that guitar sing. I saw Freddie perform with Eric Clapton at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City shortly before he died, it was a once in a lifetime musical experience for me. Another time, I walked into a blues bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans many years ago and there was this old, old man playing "Big Legged Woman" on the slide guitar and it was amazing! The Texas Cannonball lives!
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A good album. I borrowed it from a friend along with 5 or 6 other CDs (Johnny Winter, etc.) -- and I played this CD much more than the others. I am a big fan of Freddies guitar playing -- but it is the vocals that really captivated me with this album. He does this thing with his voice, it is hard to describe but he seems to hold a note and then increase its volume (any vocalists out there?) -- I had never heard this before and was fascinated by it. I found myself singing along trying to imitate it! Anyway I had an awesome blues-jam guitar lesson immediately after that -- my guitar teacher was blown away. Can't be bad.
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Freddie inspired many of the Texas guitarists that influenced a lot of other guitarists. Great record. A Classic for Freddie King fans.
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