The Definitive Albert King on Stax

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072327658
  • Catalog Number: 32765
  • Sales rank: 5,080

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
The Memphis Horns Horn
The 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
The 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 Jr. 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
Bob Fisher Mastering
Elmore James Composer
Albert King Composer
Sir 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 Jr. Composer
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