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Ultimate Collection
     

The Ultimate Collection

by Albert King
 
Rhino's 1993 double-disc set The Ultimate Collection remains the greatest-of-all Albert King collection, gathering the best of his recordings. True, the collection is tilted toward his Stax recordings, somewhat shortchanging his '50s and early-'60s recordings, but it is also true that the late-'60s/early-'70s recordings are the cornerstone of King's legacy, the

Overview

Rhino's 1993 double-disc set The Ultimate Collection remains the greatest-of-all Albert King collection, gathering the best of his recordings. True, the collection is tilted toward his Stax recordings, somewhat shortchanging his '50s and early-'60s recordings, but it is also true that the late-'60s/early-'70s recordings are the cornerstone of King's legacy, the ones that showcase his stinging guitar at its blistering best. By acknowledging as much the set gains credibility, it doesn't lose it, and while an artist with a career as long as King's will certainly have some great cuts left off of a two-disc, 38-song collection, this truly does contain his very best work, particularly in regards to showcasing his influence as a guitarist. If you're looking for a succinct introduction, turn to Born Under a Bad Sign, one of the greatest blues albums and one that captures the full scope of his skills as well as this double-disc set, but if you want something a little more comprehensive, containing the great moments that aren't on that album, this is what to get. After all, it doesn't just contain all but one song from that album, it's one of the great blues collections.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1993
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227126827
catalogNumber:
71268

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Deniece Williams   Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
King Errisson   Conga
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Herman Riley   Saxophone
Dee Ervin   Background Vocals
Johnny Jones   Piano
Memphis Horns   Horn
Charles Wright   Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Williams   Percussion
Tippy Armstrong   Rhythm Guitar
Joe Arnold   Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Packy" Axton   Tenor Saxophone
Bar-Kays   Rhythm
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
George Bohannon   Trombone
John Brim   Guitar
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Lewis Collins   Alto Saxophone
Donald Cooke   Trombone
Robert Dabon   Electric Piano
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Scott Edwards   Bass
Billy Fender   Guitar
Ernie Fields   Saxophone
James Gadson   Drums
Jay Graydon   Guitar
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Jack Hale   Trombone
Willie Hall   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Harvey "Joe" Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
David Hood   Bass
Roger Hopps   Trumpet
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Booker T. Jones   Piano
Cal Lewiston   Trumpet
Michael Llorens   Drums
Tony Llorens   Piano
Dwayne Lomax   Drums
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Manuel   Guitar
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Thiotis Morgan   Drums
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Odie Payne   Drums
Wayne Perkins   Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Peters   Keyboards
Greg Poree   Guitar
George Porter   Bass
Wardell Quezergue   Electric Piano
Rudy Robinson   Keyboards
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Gus Thornton   Bass
Michael Toles   Guitar
Allen Toussaint   Piano
James Washington   Organ
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Fred Wesley   Horn
Tommy Williams   Saxophone
Anthony Willis   Bass
Aaron G. Willis   Guitar
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Bert de Coteaux   Keyboards
Charles "Hungry" Williams   Drums
Willie James Exon   Guitar
Al Jackson   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Roosevelt Pointer   Bass
James Alexander   Bass
Winston Stewart   Organ
Mickey Gregory   Trumpet
Ed Hinton   Rhythm Guitar
Donald Kenzie   Guitar
Donald Levi   Piano
Larry Prothe   Trumpet
Wa Wa Watson   Keyboards
Fred Wesley & the Horny Horns   Horn
Kenny Rice   Drums
Henry E. Davis   Bass
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Larry Protho   Trumpet
John Roberts   Trumpet
Fred Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Douglas   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Don James   Organ
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Drums
Allen Jones   Organ,Electric Piano
Henry Bush   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carl Smith   Composer
Don Nix   Producer
Gilbert Caples   Composer
Don Davis   Producer
Albert King   Producer
Michael Llorens   Producer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Tony Silvester   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Producer
Al Jackson   Producer
Stax Staff   Producer
Benson   Producer
Tommy L. Elrod   Contributor
Leo Gooden   Producer
Bill Greensmith   Liner Notes
Andrew McKinney   Producer
Joseph Scott   Composer
Sandy Jones   Composer
Allen Jones   Producer
Henry Bush   Producer

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