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Complete King Federal Singles
     

The Complete King Federal Singles

by Freddie King
 
Of the three blues Kings, Freddie King often gets overshadowed by B.B. and Albert, so he's in need of a collection like Real Gone's 2013 The Complete King & Federal Singles, a two-disc set that rounds up all his greatest work. Sitting alongside these classics, songs so firmly embedded in our consciousness he

Overview

Of the three blues Kings, Freddie King often gets overshadowed by B.B. and Albert, so he's in need of a collection like Real Gone's 2013 The Complete King & Federal Singles, a two-disc set that rounds up all his greatest work. Sitting alongside these classics, songs so firmly embedded in our consciousness he sometimes doesn't get the credit he deserves -- songs like "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," "Hideaway," "San-Ho-Zay!," "The Stumble," "I'm Tore Down" -- there are singles where Freddie rode the wave of what was popular. He tried to dance "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist," he flirted with a bit of funk, he got slick and greasy toward the end of the '60s, never winding up with chart success but never embarrassing himself. All this is documented on The Complete King & Federal Singles, a set that digs deeper than any collection outside of the comprehensive Bear Family boxes, but it's easier to digest and, for many, it will be preferable for that very reason. Also, it's not only easy to hear the arc of King's career; it's also easier to appreciate his brilliant highs, his stinging yet robust leads, and his full-throated vocals. All the major hits are here, of course, the songs that such guitarists as Eric Clapton copied, but what makes this so absorbing is hearing how King remained a forceful, compelling presence even when he was attempting to cash-in on trends. That's not so evident on either the early single-disc Rhino collection or the Bear Family set. By distilling King to his '60s singles, it's possible to hear all of his dimensions -- his influence, his force, his versatility -- and realize that he is every bit the titan that B.B. and Albert are.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064001140
catalogNumber:
400114
Rank:
97855

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie King   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Freddie King   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Kay Bennett   Composer
Jerry Harris   Composer
Gene Redd   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Robert Wilson   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Bill Greensmith   Photo Courtesy
Windsor King   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Alvin Johnson   Composer
Jurgen Crasser   Engineer
Fred Stryker   Composer
Sonny Taylor   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Producer
Robert Davis   Composer
John Stephens   Composer
Beverly Bridge   Composer
Zella Bridge   Composer
Sue Sandler   Composer
Ralph Watkins   Composer
Nathaniel Nathan   Composer
Elson Teat   Composer
Edwin Johnson   Composer
Earline Phillips   Composer
Arthur Dellerson   Composer
Dennis Roberts   Composer
Roscoe Thorne   Composer
Billy Washington   Composer
Thomas Rizby   Composer
Freddy King   Composer
E.M. Teat   Composer
Lucious Weaver   Composer
Nunzie Nardo   Composer
Ray Fierlage   Photo Courtesy

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