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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 17, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000000ZKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am a huge blues fan and mostly like the live discs. Most critics agree that BB King's Live at the Regal is the greatest live blues disc ever recorded, but I disagree. It is very good, but this disc is the best. This guy just jams for 53 minutes. There is not a bad song. Just listen to Call it Stormy Monday, Drifting Blues and I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town and you will certainly agree. A must have for any blues fan.
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It's hard to believe that 34 years has passed since Albert King recorded this CD during a live performance one Thursday night at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on June 27, 1968. It's even harder to believe that Albert and his Gibson Flying V guitar sound as fresh today as they did back then. There is some fantastic playing on this CD as is evidenced by "Drifting Blues" and "I've Made Nights By Myself". Albert had such incredible guitar playing ability that it was, and remains, a standard by which all blues players seek to attain. While, a lot of new blues guitarists are often compared to the great Stevie Ray Vaughan, those comparisons overlook the individual that SRV idolized and emulated-Albert King. In fact, Albert influenced the playing of many of the greatest players including SRV, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons and even Kenny Wayne Shepherd. On this CD you will experience what a consummate live performer Albert was. Some have described his playing as down right ferocious and sometimes scary. One thing is for sure, Albert is often imitated, but he will never be duplicated. The Wednesday Night makes a great companion to this disc so seek it out as well.
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Albert King might play the same handful of licks all night long, but he'll knock you dead with 'em every time. Now THAT takes some doing! I agree with the review below-- I like this CD a lot more than B.B.'s Live at the Regal. Albert is full of confidence, he's totally in the groove, and you sense that he's in his happy, first blush of fame with "crossover" success. He really swings, and his timing is unbelievable. My friend and I were listening to some "ambient" nineties music the other day, and we quickly had enough and said: "forget this-- put on some Albert King, Thursday Night in San Fran!" We realize that there's no getting around it-- you can't beat a raw, thrilling, table-pounding groove, with hot, precise guitar licks. King rarely wastes a note here. It's been said many times, but 'tis true: he creates an exquisite, knife-edged tension by what he DOESN'T play. He sure was "in the zone" during that Thursday Night in 1968-- that's why this album is an all-time keeper.
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Blues album are best when they recorded live. It gives the musicians a chance to work on the different instruments and not try to focus on the 3 1/2 minute. The playing is outstanding as is the sound quality. Albert King along with Peter Green are by far my top favorite pure blues guitarist. The strongest cut on this CD is Stormy Monday. The Wednesday album ( sold seperatly) and the Thursday pair together makes a great 2 CD set for a live performance of one of the greats.
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There are two types of songs on this disc, shuffles and slow gut rippers. They even pretty much alternate one after the other on the disc. While it sounds like things could get boring after a couple songs, have no fear, we're dealing with Mr. Albert King.
While there are only two speeds, a gaggle of familiar blues standards, and the same notes on each solo, it really doesn't matter. The emotional whallop that Albert delivers is as intense as it gets. There are many long, searing solos that spew hell and brimstone. Then there is Albert's thick, sandpaper voice which is a beauty in itself. This is the blues, a man with limited ability and unlimited soul, playing on a stage.
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Here is the legendary Albert King demonstrating why he managed to influence artists like Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. If the word "stinging" applies to blues playing, then let it settle-in here: Stormy Monday Blues, I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town, a couple of numbers associated with other "Kings", San-Hozay (Freddie King) and You Upset Me Baby (B. B. King).

San Hozay (wish they kept that one up for at least four minutes!), Crosscut Saw and Oo-ee-Baby (the closer) are uptempo and are as cleanly performed as they are mixed. To me, blues *today* is a bit bottom-heavy, and the lead vocal lacks presence. Listen to this historic set and learn what a true blues set and *recording* should sound like.
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It is too bad there are only 5 stars because this should get 10 stars. Necessary add-ons to Thursday Night is "Wednesday Night in San Francisco" and "Live Wire/Blues Power". They all go together since they were all done from his stint at the Fillmore West in 1968. For me, Albert King is my personal favorite bluesman and, in my opinion, the number one guitar player of all time. His phrasing and bending of notes is just phenonenal. No one does it like him or better. When you listen to Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray, you can hear Albert's guitar work in action. I like his studio albums but think the only way to listen to him is the live recordings. He really gets to stretch out and cook and expand on his studio recordings of some of the songs. His guitar work and his smooth as velvet voice are just incredible. My personal favorite is also my personal favorite blues song - "Stormy Monday". About 8 minutes of pure bliss to listen to but to be fair, there are no duds on the album and no duds on the other albums I mention. If you want to see him in action, check out "In Session". There is a CD and a DVD. Albert and Stevie Ray together along with a crack band though I don't know who they are but the rhythm section of the bass, keyboard and drums make it work so well despite no audience. Both Albert and SRV get to stretch out on each tune. Albert doesn't use a pick, he just hits and bends all those notes with his fingers. SRV gets similar sound but he is using a pick. Big difference. Buy all three, you won't be disappointed if you are a lover of the blues.
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