Definitive Albert King on Stax

The Definitive Albert King on Stax

by Albert King
     
 
Blues guitarist Albert King was in his prime when he signed with Stax Records in 1966, and he stayed with the label through 1975, turning out his most memorable performances in that time, from his signature "Born Under a Bad Sign" to his blazing take on "Cross Cut Saw." Working with the Stax house band that just happened to be Booker T. & the MG's gave his recordings

Overview

Blues guitarist Albert King was in his prime when he signed with Stax Records in 1966, and he stayed with the label through 1975, turning out his most memorable performances in that time, from his signature "Born Under a Bad Sign" to his blazing take on "Cross Cut Saw." Working with the Stax house band that just happened to be Booker T. & the MG's gave his recordings a full, soulful blues sound, and his distinctive and mannered guitar playing style (a left-hander, he kept his guitar in an E-minor tuning and played it upside down without reversing the strings, which meant when he bent a note, it bent the opposite way than most guitar players would bend it) influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton. This fine two-disc set collects the best tracks from King's time with Stax, and includes "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Cross Cut Saw" (there's also a 1974 remake of this one collected here), and striking, interesting versions of Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying" and the iconic "Hound Dog," among other sides. It all adds up to a fine portrait of a great guitarist in his prime.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0888072327658
catalogNumber:
32765
Rank:
39654

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong
  2. Laundromat Blues
  3. Oh, Pretty Woman
  4. Crosscut Saw
  5. Born Under a Bad Sign
  6. Cold Feet
  7. (I Love) Lucy
  8. Blues Power
  9. Killing Floor
  10. The Sky is Crying
  11. Drowning On Dry Land
  12. Tupelo, Pt. 1
  13. Water
  14. Wrapped Up In Love Again
  15. Hound Dog
  16. Can't You See What You're Doing To Me
  17. Honky Tonk Woman

Disc 2

  1. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
  2. She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule To Ride
  3. Tell Me What True Love is
  4. Angel of Mercy
  5. I'll Play the Blues for You, Pt. 1
  6. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
  7. Answer to the Laundromat Blues
  8. Match Box Blues
  9. I Wanna Get Funky
  10. Playing on Me
  11. That's What the Blues is All About
  12. Flat Tire
  13. Crosscut Saw
  14. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'
  15. Driving Wheel
  16. I'm Doing Fine
  17. Dust My Broom

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar,Vocals
John Mayall   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,12-string Guitar
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Memphis Horns   Horn
Movement   Rhythm
Jim Keltner   Drums
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Taylor   Bass
Tippy Armstrong   Rhythm Guitar
Bar-Kays   Rhythm
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
John Gallie   Keyboards
Willie Hall   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Ike Turner   Piano
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Booker T. Jones   Piano
Cal Lewiston   Trumpet
Michael Llorens   Drums
Tony Llorens   Piano
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Manuel   Guitar,Keyboards
Memphis Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Wayne Perkins   Rhythm Guitar
Ron Selico   Drums
Clifford Solomon   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marvell Thomas   Organ,Piano
Gus Thornton   Bass
Michael Toles   Guitar
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Al Jackson   Drums
Winston Stewart   Keyboards
Donald Kenzie   Guitar
Lee King   Guitar
Steve Douglas   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hot Buttered Soul   Background Vocals
Jesse Edwin Davis   Rhythm Guitar
Sandy Konikkoff   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Don Nix   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Albert King   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Neil Slaven   Source Material
Mike Stoller   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Rob Bowman   Source Material
Mike Leadbitter   Source Material
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Jerry Beach   Composer
R.G. Ford   Composer
A.C. Williams   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Strickland   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Sandy Jones   Composer

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