I'll Play the Blues for You [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
It's not as if Albert King hadn't tasted success in his first decade-and-a-half as a performer, but his late-'60s/early-'70s recordings for Stax did win him a substantially larger audience. During those years, the label began earning significant clout amongst rock fans through events like Otis Redding's appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival and a seemingly endless string of classic singles. When King signed to the label in 1966, he was immediately paired with the Stax session team Booker T. & the MG's. The results were impressive: "Crosscut Saw," "Laundromat Blues," and the singles collection Born Under a Bad Sign were all hits. Though 1972's I'll Play ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nathan Bush
It's not as if Albert King hadn't tasted success in his first decade-and-a-half as a performer, but his late-'60s/early-'70s recordings for Stax did win him a substantially larger audience. During those years, the label began earning significant clout amongst rock fans through events like Otis Redding's appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival and a seemingly endless string of classic singles. When King signed to the label in 1966, he was immediately paired with the Stax session team Booker T. & the MG's. The results were impressive: "Crosscut Saw," "Laundromat Blues," and the singles collection Born Under a Bad Sign were all hits. Though 1972's I'll Play the Blues for You followed a slightly different formula, the combination of King, members of the legendary Bar-Kays, the Isaac Hayes Movement, and the sparkling Memphis Horns was hardly a risky endeavor. The result was a trim, funk-infused blues sound that provided ample space for King's oft-imitated guitar playing. King has always been more impressive as a soloist than a singer, and some of his vocal performances on I'll Play the Blues for You lack the intensity one might hope for. As usual, he more than compensates with a series of exquisite six-string workouts. The title track and "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" both stretch past seven minutes, while "I'll Be Doggone" and "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" where King coaxes a crowd to "take it to the bridge," James Brown-style break the five-minute barrier. Riding strutting lines by bassist James Alexander, King runs the gamut from tough, muscular playing to impassioned cries on his instrument, making I'll Play the Blues for You one of a handful of his great Stax sets. [The 2012 reissue of the album adds alternate versions of two songs, plus unreleased tracks "I Need a Love" and "Albert's Stomp."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072337169
  • Catalog Number: 33716
  • Sales rank: 28,332

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Movement Rhythm Section
Bar-Kays Rhythm Section
Technical Credits
Ron Gordon Cover Design
Albert King Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Rob Bowman Source Material
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Joel Whitburn Source Material
David Krieger Art Direction
Tom Wheeler Liner Notes
Jerry Beach Composer
Chris Clough Reissue Producer
William Brown Engineer
Hamlett Composer
Allen Jones Arranger, Producer
Henry Bush Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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