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Born Under a Bad Sign

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Albert King recorded a lot in the early '60s, including some classic sides, but they never quite hit the mark. They never gained a large audience, nor did they really capture the ferocity of his single-string leads. Then he signed with Stax in 1966 and recorded a number of sessions with the house band, Booker T. & the MG's, and everything just clicked. The MG's gave King supple Southern support, providing an excellent contrast to his tightly wound lead guitar, allowing to him to unleash a torrent of blistering guitar runs that were profoundly influential, not just in blues, but in rock & roll witness Eric Clapton's unabashed copping of King throughout ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Albert King recorded a lot in the early '60s, including some classic sides, but they never quite hit the mark. They never gained a large audience, nor did they really capture the ferocity of his single-string leads. Then he signed with Stax in 1966 and recorded a number of sessions with the house band, Booker T. & the MG's, and everything just clicked. The MG's gave King supple Southern support, providing an excellent contrast to his tightly wound lead guitar, allowing to him to unleash a torrent of blistering guitar runs that were profoundly influential, not just in blues, but in rock & roll witness Eric Clapton's unabashed copping of King throughout Cream's Disraeli Gears. Initially, these sessions were just released as singles, but they were soon compiled as King's Stax debut, Born Under a Bad Sign. Certainly, the concentration of singles gives the album a consistency -- these were songs devised to get attention -- but, years later, it's astounding how strong this catalog of songs is: "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Crosscut Saw," "Oh Pretty Woman," "The Hunter," "Personal Manager," and "Laundromat Blues" form the very foundation of Albert King's musical identity and legacy. Few blues albums are this on a cut-by-cut level; the songs are exceptional and the performances are rich, from King's dynamic playing to the Southern funk of the MG's. It was immediately influential at the time and, over the years, it has only grown in stature as one of the very greatest electric blues albums of all time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771503114
  • Catalog Number: 5031
  • Sales rank: 13,412

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
The Memphis Horns Horn
Joe Arnold Horn
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Isaac Hayes Piano
Wayne Jackson Horn
Booker T. Jones Piano
Andrew Love Horn
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
George Horn Remastering
Albert King Composer
Jim Stewart Producer
Deanie Parker Liner Notes
Michael Point Liner Notes
Loring Eutemey Cover Design
Sandy Jones Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    One to add to your stack

    Just is a flat out great blues album by a great blues master.

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