It's a Cold Ass World: The Beginning

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is a CD reissue of King's debut album, released in 1986 as simply The Beginning, when he was still billed as Chris Thomas. It's quality modern blues that sounds cognizant of contemporary trends without being forced. Largely written by King, the songs are reasonably satisfying electric blues that admit some influences from modern blues-rock players, particularly Jimi Hendrix, as well as a bit of funk and rock in the rhythm. At the same time, he grounds out some down-home gutbucket boogie blues that would be at home in a Southern roadhouse, like "Soon This Morning" and "Take Yo Time," and Chuck Berry-type songwriting with "Mary Jane." The rhythm section can sound ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is a CD reissue of King's debut album, released in 1986 as simply The Beginning, when he was still billed as Chris Thomas. It's quality modern blues that sounds cognizant of contemporary trends without being forced. Largely written by King, the songs are reasonably satisfying electric blues that admit some influences from modern blues-rock players, particularly Jimi Hendrix, as well as a bit of funk and rock in the rhythm. At the same time, he grounds out some down-home gutbucket boogie blues that would be at home in a Southern roadhouse, like "Soon This Morning" and "Take Yo Time," and Chuck Berry-type songwriting with "Mary Jane." The rhythm section can sound a little flat and under-recorded, but at least underproduction serves this sort of music better than overproduction does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297902028
  • Catalog Number: 9020
  • Sales rank: 122,144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Blues Is Back - Chris Thomas King (3:37)
  2. 2 Soon This Morning Blues - Chris Thomas King (3:48)
  3. 3 Cheatin' Women Blues - Chris Thomas King (4:38)
  4. 4 Cocaine (Snow White) - Chris Thomas King (6:28)
  5. 5 Mary Jane - Chris Thomas King (2:54)
  6. 6 Take Yo Time - Chris Thomas King (3:44)
  7. 7 Going Home to Louisiana - Chris Thomas King (3:43)
  8. 8 South Side Shuffle - Chris Thomas King (1:45)
  9. 9 You'll Be Sorry, Baby - Chris Thomas King (8:19)
  10. 10 Don't Work Too Hard - Chris Thomas King (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Thomas Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Joe Hunter Bass
Technical Credits
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Rick James Composer
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
Terry Slater Composer
Nick Spitzer Liner Notes
Chris Strachwitz Executive Producer
Fred Waxler Engineer
Jacqueline Ertel Composer
Phil Gould Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
T. J. Amall Composer
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