The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1993
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227126827
  • Catalog Number: 71268

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
The 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 Jr. 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 Jr. Drums
Wayne Perkins Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Peters Keyboards
Greg Poree Guitar
George Porter Jr. 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 Jr. Guitar
Eddie Willis Guitar
Bert de Coteaux Keyboards
Charles "Hungry" Williams Drums
Willie James Exon Guitar
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Jimmy Johnson Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Roy Milton Composer
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 Jr. Producer
Stax Staff Producer
Al Benson Producer
Tommy L. Elrod Contributor
Leo Gooden Producer
Bill Greensmith Liner Notes
Andrew McKinney Producer
Joseph Scott Composer
Sandy Jones Composer
R. B. Ford Composer
Allen Jones Producer
Henry Bush Producer
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