Takin' Care of Business

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of the three blues Kings, Freddie is overlooked, never achieving the superstar status of B.B. and lacking the bad mother mojo of Albert, but he was every bit as crucial to blues and rock & roll as either, building upon B.B.'s piercing single lines and playing with the fury of Albert, creating a style that forever changed guitar in the 20th century. Eric Clapton, in particular, built upon Freddie's gut-busting guitar, adopting "Hide Away" as his early showcase with John Mayall, and other players who blurred the lines between rock and blues were forever indebted to Freddie, who himself smashed the barriers between the two styles almost from the beginning. This...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of the three blues Kings, Freddie is overlooked, never achieving the superstar status of B.B. and lacking the bad mother mojo of Albert, but he was every bit as crucial to blues and rock & roll as either, building upon B.B.'s piercing single lines and playing with the fury of Albert, creating a style that forever changed guitar in the 20th century. Eric Clapton, in particular, built upon Freddie's gut-busting guitar, adopting "Hide Away" as his early showcase with John Mayall, and other players who blurred the lines between rock and blues were forever indebted to Freddie, who himself smashed the barriers between the two styles almost from the beginning. This is clear from the beginning of Taking Care of Business: 1956-1973, Bear Family's monumental seven-disc testament to King's greatness. More than most artists, King was crying out for the kind of extensive, exhaustive treatment given by Bear Family: Freddie hopped from label to label, seemingly switching his name every time he appeared on a new imprint, and large chunks of his catalog never appeared on CD. Taking Care of Business rectifies that situation, gathering every studio session he recorded with the exception of his final stint at RSO in the mid-'70s. RSO's absence isn't felt because everything else he cut is here: his early, ignored single for Chicago-based EL Bee with Robert Jr. Lockwood on guitar; his sessions for Federal and King where he established his powerhouse signature instrumental style on "Hide Away," "Butterscotch," and "San-Ho-Zay," cut such passionate vocals as "Have You Ever Loved" and "I'm Tore Down," then later dipped his toe into such trends as the twist, bossa nova, and surf rock; his late-'60s sessions for Cotillion, where he got funkier than any other blues guitarist (a transition showcased on a heavily reworked "Hide Away"), and sang some deep soul; his Leon Russell-shepherded, rock & roll-tinged comeback on Shelter records in the early '70s, where he was playing for hippies and singing CCR and Spencer Davis Group. King often revisited his signature tunes, cutting them every time he changed labels, but each time the arrangements shifted, signaling how Freddie was always moving forward, finding new settings for his muscular voice and guitar. Surely, some of the detours he took weren't as successful as others -- his "Do the President Twist" immediately pops to mind -- but as Taking Care of Business winds towards its conclusion, what impresses is the variety, how King shifted with the times without chasing trends, how he stayed uniquely himself throughout it all, always a larger-than-life force whose power sustained no matter the setting, and remains thrilling all these years later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051697921
  • Catalog Number: 16979


Disc 1
  1. 1 Country Boy (2:30)
  2. 2 That's What You Think (2:35)
  3. 3 You Know That You Love Me (But You Never Tell Me So) (2:19)
  4. 4 See See Baby (2:17)
  5. 5 You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling (3:14)
  6. 6 Have You Ever Loved a Woman (3:06)
  7. 7 Hide Away (2:37)
  8. 8 I Love the Woman (2:48)
  9. 9 Lonesome Whistle Blues (2:48)
  10. 10 If You Believe (In What You Do) (2:58)
  11. 11 It's Too Bad (Things Are Going So Tough) (3:06)
  12. 12 I'm Tore Down (2:37)
  13. 13 Butterscotch (Onion Rings) (3:02)
  14. 14 Sen-Sa-Shun (2:52)
  15. 15 Side Tracked (3:04)
  16. 16 The Stumble (3:12)
  17. 17 San-Ho-Zay (2:52)
  18. 18 Wash Out (2:35)
  19. 19 You Know That You Love Me (But You Never Tell Me So) (2:27)
  20. 20 See See Baby (2:18)
  21. 21 You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling (3:11)
  22. 22 Have You Ever Loved a Woman (3:20)
  23. 23 Butterscotch (Onion Rings) (3:05)
  24. 24 Butterscotch (Onion Rings) (2:39)
  25. 25 Wash Out (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Just Pickin' (2:31)
  2. 2 Heads Up (2:30)
  3. 3 Christmas Tears (2:47)
  4. 4 Let Me Be (Stay Away from Me) (2:28)
  5. 5 Takin' Care of Business (2:47)
  6. 6 You Mean, Mean Woman (How Can Your Love Be True) (2:43)
  7. 7 I Hear Jingle Bells (2:36)
  8. 8 In the Open (2:55)
  9. 9 Out Front (2:37)
  10. 10 Swooshy (2:16)
  11. 11 Closed Door (High Rise) (3:03)
  12. 12 Texas Oil (2:25)
  13. 13 She Put the Whammy on Me (4:54)
  14. 14 I'm on My Way to Atlanta (3:39)
  15. 15 Over Drive (The Untouchable Glide) (2:48)
  16. 16 Driving Sideways (2:48)
  17. 17 Sittin' on the Boat Dock (3:05)
  18. 18 Come On (3:34)
  19. 19 Do the President Twist (2:44)
  20. 20 (Let Your Love) Watch Over Me (4:13)
  21. 21 You Can't Hide (3:01)
  22. 22 It's Easy Child (3:09)
  23. 23 Just Pickin' (2:18)
  24. 24 Heads Up (2:28)
  25. 25 Closed Door (High Rise) (3:01)
  26. 26 I'm on My Wat to Atlanta (3:40)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Your Love Keeps A-Working on Me (2:56)
  2. 2 What About Love (2:25)
  3. 3 Bossa Nova Blues (3:50)
  4. 4 The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist (4:56)
  5. 5 Freeway 75 (3:21)
  6. 6 Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile) (2:16)
  7. 7 Someday, After Awhile (You'll Be Sorry) (4:34)
  8. 8 You Walked In (2:39)
  9. 9 You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree (2:43)
  10. 10 Is My Baby Mad at Me (2:24)
  11. 11 (The Welfare) Turns Its Back on You (2:39)
  12. 12 It Hurts to Be in Love (2:35)
  13. 13 Look Ma, I'm Cryin' (3:11)
  14. 14 (I'd Love To) Make Love to You (2:18)
  15. 15 One Hundred Years (2:25)
  16. 16 Now I've Got a Woman (3:04)
  17. 17 Surf Monkey (2:24)
  18. 18 If You Have It (2:25)
  19. 19 Low Tide (Zoo Surfin') (6:15)
  20. 20 Remington Ride (6:28)
  21. 21 Monkey Donkey (2:37)
  22. 22 Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile) (2:20)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Meet Me at the Station (2:45)
  2. 2 Full Time Love (2:28)
  3. 3 King-A-Ling (2:55)
  4. 4 I Love You More Every Day (2:54)
  5. 5 Teardrops on Your Letter (2:32)
  6. 6 Some Other Day, Some Other Time (2:42)
  7. 7 She's the One (2:48)
  8. 8 She's That Kind (3:08)
  9. 9 Man Hole (2:18)
  10. 10 Fish Fare (2:24)
  11. 11 Funny Bone (2:34)
  12. 12 Cloud Sailin' (Don't Move) (2:21)
  13. 13 The Sad Nite Owl (2:19)
  14. 14 Nickel Plated (2:21)
  15. 15 Freddy's Midnite Dream (2:22)
  16. 16 Girl from Kookamunga (2:36)
  17. 17 You've Got Me Licked (2:44)
  18. 18 Double Eyed Whammy (2:44)
  19. 19 Use What You've Got (3:04)
  20. 20 The Mojo (3:04)
  21. 21 Play It Cool (3:26)
  22. 22 Untitled Instrumental #1 (2:09)
  23. 23 Untitled Instrumental #2 (2:28)
  24. 24 Untitled Instrumental #3 (2:51)
  25. 25 Hide Away (2:28)
  26. 26 Funky (2:26)
  27. 27 Blue Shadows (3:40)
  28. 28 Play It Cool (3:44)
  29. 29 That Will Never Do (2:23)
  30. 30 It's Too Late, She's Gone (2:22)
  31. 31 Sweet Thing (2:26)
  32. 32 Get out of My Life Woman (3:32)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Hot Tomato (2:44)
  2. 2 Wide Open (3:02)
  3. 3 Let Me Down Easy (3:02)
  4. 4 Today I Sing the Blues (3:57)
  5. 5 Yonder Wall (3:19)
  6. 6 I Wonder Why (3:17)
  7. 7 I Don't Know (3:05)
  8. 8 My Feeling for the Blues (2:09)
  9. 9 The Stumble (3:34)
  10. 10 Stormy Monday (4:23)
  11. 11 What'd I Say (2:53)
  12. 12 Ain't Nobody's Business What We Do (3:38)
  13. 13 You Don't Have to Go (2:27)
  14. 14 Woke Up This Morning (3:11)
  15. 15 The Things I Used to Do (3:48)
  16. 16 Same Old Blues (3:58)
  17. 17 Dust My Broom (3:10)
  18. 18 Worried Life Blues (2:51)
  19. 19 Five Long Years (4:22)
  20. 20 Key to the Highway (3:25)
  21. 21 Going Down (3:21)
  22. 22 Living on the Highway (4:15)
  23. 23 Walking by Myself (2:49)
  24. 24 Tore Down (4:11)
  25. 25 Palace of the King (3:40)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Gimme Some Lovin' (4:05)
  2. 2 Please Send Me Someone to Love (3:59)
  3. 3 That's All Right (4:41)
  4. 4 The Same Thing (5:56)
  5. 5 Tore Down (6:38)
  6. 6 Dust My Broom (4:11)
  7. 7 Can't Trust Your Neighbor (3:55)
  8. 8 You Was Wrong (3:48)
  9. 9 How Many More Years (3:26)
  10. 10 Ain't No Sunshine (3:17)
  11. 11 The Sky Is Crying (3:24)
  12. 12 Love Her with a Feeling (5:04)
  13. 13 Somebody Got to Go (5:57)
  14. 14 Pulpwood (7:12)
  15. 15 Hide Away (4:47)
  16. 16 Lowdown in Lodi (3:06)
  17. 17 Reconsider Baby (4:00)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Big Legged Woman (3:58)
  2. 2 Me and My Guitar (4:04)
  3. 3 I'd Rather Be Blind (3:45)
  4. 4 Something You Got (3:02)
  5. 5 Ain't No Bid Deal on You (3:32)
  6. 6 I Just Want to Make Love to You (6:51)
  7. 7 It Hurts Me To (5:30)
  8. 8 Boogie Fuck (Guitar Boogie) (3:06)
  9. 9 Woman Across the River (2:48)
  10. 10 I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (4:49)
  11. 11 Danger Zone (4:33)
  12. 12 Boogie Man (3:44)
  13. 13 Leave My Woman Alone (3:32)
  14. 14 Just a Little Bit (2:29)
  15. 15 Yonder Wall (2:26)
  16. 16 Help Me Through the Day (4:29)
  17. 17 I'm Ready (3:45)
  18. 18 Trouble in Mind (3:41)
  19. 19 You Don't Have to Go (2:57)
  20. 20 Goin' Down (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie King Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Lonnie Mack Guitar
Bobby King Guitar
Leon Russell Organ, Piano, Keyboards
George Coleman Tenor Saxophone
King Curtis Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Marimba
Joe Newman Trumpet
Don Preston Guitar, Background Vocals
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Clifford Scott Tenor Saxophone
James Booker Organ
Robert "Mojo" Elem Electric Bass
Claudia Lennear Choir, Chorus
Jim Keltner Drums
Deacon Jones Organ
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
Sonny Thompson Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Martin Banks Trumpet
Chuck Blackwell Drums
Willie Bridges Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Bullock Electric Bass
David Byrd Organ
Joey Cooper Choir, Chorus
Oscar Crummie Electric Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Electric Bass
John Gallie Organ
Rev. Patrick Henderson Organ, Piano
Fred Jordan Guitar
Melvin Lastie Trumpet
Trevor Lawrence Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kathi McDonald Choir, Chorus
David Maxwell Piano
Hugh McCracken Harmonica
David "Fathead" Newman Saxophone
Philip Paul Drums
Don Preston Guitar, Background Vocals
Norman Pride Drums
Carl Radle Electric Bass
Gene Redd Background Vocals
George Stubbs Piano
Benny Turner Bass, Electric Bass
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Osborne Whitfield Tenor Saxophone
Bill Willis Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Billy Butler Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Jerry Jemmott Electric Bass
Bob Griffin Organ
Billy "The Kid" Emerson Piano
Charlie Robinson Drums
Gary Illingworth Piano
Charles Blackwell Drums
H. Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Bobby "Blanco" King Guitar
Deannie O'Neil Drums
Bobby Turner Guitar
Alex Jackson Drums
Fred Jordan Guitar
Eloise Whitfield Vocals
Wayne Bullock Electric Bass
Oscar Crummie Electric Bass
Osborne Whitfield Tenor Saxophone
Eloise Whitfield Vocals
Dean O'Neil Drums
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice Drums
Earlee Payton Harmonica
H. Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Philip Paul Drums
Big Mojo Elem Electric Bass
Charles Robinson Drums
Robert Griffin Organ
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Lowell Fulson Composer
Lloyd Glenn Composer
Z.Z. Hill Composer
Freddie King Composer, Producer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Willie Mabon Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Tommy Ridgley Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Ray Charles Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Rosco Gordon Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Bobby King Composer
Leon Russell Composer, Producer
Chuck Willis Composer
Steve Winwood Composer
Bill Withers Composer
King Curtis Composer, Producer
Don Nix Composer
Hank Penny Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer, Producer
Kay Bennett Composer
Milton Campbell Composer
Denny Cordell Producer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Jimmy Douglass Producer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Porter Grainger Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Jerry Harris Composer
Detlev Hoegen Illustrations
Elmore James Composer
B.B. King Composer
Riley King Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
David Porter Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Morgan Robinson Composer
Jimmy Rogers Composer
John Stephens Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Aaron Walker Composer
Leon Washington Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Bill Willis Composer
Tunc Erim Producer
Bill Dahl Reissue Producer, Tape Comparison, Biographical Information
Bill Greensmith Illustrations
Herman "Junior" Denby Composer
Windsor King Composer
Billy Myles Composer
Alvin Johnson Composer
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Joe Thomas Composer
Curtis Lewis Composer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Marc de Jonghe Illustrations
Willy Leiser Illustrations
Rein Wisse Illustrations
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
James A. Lane Composer
Curtis Ousley Composer
Everett Robbins Composer
Bob Lyons Composer
Charles Segar Composer
Fred Stryker Composer
Israel Tolbert Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
Robert Davis Composer
Billy Lamont Composer
Victor Pearlin Illustrations, Photo Scanning
Charles Blackwell Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Nathaniel Nathan Composer
Beverly Bridge Composer
Big Maceo Composer
Steve Richards Illustrations
Steve Richards Illustrations
Erik Lindahl Illustrations
Daniel Gersdorf Photo Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
Gerard Doidy Illustrations
André Hobos Illustrations
Eloise Whitfield Composer
Zella Bridge Composer
Willy Leiser Illustrations
Sue Sandler Composer
Rien Wisse Illustrations
Ray Starr Composer
Ralph Watkins Composer
Nunzio Nardo Composer
Nathaniel Nathan Composer
Marc De Jonghe Illustrations
Lucious Porter Weaver Composer
Gerard Doidy Illustrations
Eri Lindahl Illustrations
Elson Teat Composer
Eloise Whitfield Composer
Edwin Johnson Composer
Earline Phillips Composer
Arthur Dellerson Composer
André Hobos Illustrations
Allen Jones Jr. Composer
Robert Wilson Composer
Dennis Roberts Composer
Sammy Taylor Composer
Herman "Junior" Parker Composer
Roscoe Thorne Composer
Alan Moore Composer
Kay Bennett Composer
Leon Washington Composer
Detley Hoegen Illustrations
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Billy Washington Composer
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