Very Best of Albert King

The Very Best of Albert King

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by Albert King
     
 
There have been many compilations of Albert King's classic Stax recordings over the years, including the wonderful double-disc set The Ultimate Collection, but Rhino's The Very Best of Albert King is perhaps the best for curious listeners, since it offers 16 classics on one disc. There may be a few favorites missing, from

Overview

There have been many compilations of Albert King's classic Stax recordings over the years, including the wonderful double-disc set The Ultimate Collection, but Rhino's The Very Best of Albert King is perhaps the best for curious listeners, since it offers 16 classics on one disc. There may be a few favorites missing, from "The Hunter" to "The Phone Booth," but the disc does a wonderful job of summarizing the classic Stax years while adding some highlights from his latter-day recordings for Tomato. In the end, what matters is that the bare basics -- "Let's Have a Natural Ball," "C.O.D.," "Laundromat Blues," "Oh Pretty Woman," "Crosscut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Personal Manager," "Blues Power" -- are all here, making this ideal for neophytes on a tight budget. (Of course, Born Under a Bad Sign remains an excellent introduction on its own terms, as well.)

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227570323
catalogNumber:
75703

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar,Track Performer
Joe Sample   Keyboards,Track Performer
King Errisson   Conga
Chuck Rainey   Bass,Track Performer
Charles Wright   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Joe Arnold   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Charles "Packy" Axton   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Ben Cauley   Trumpet,Track Performer
Lewis Collins   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Track Performer
Billy Fender   Guitar,Track Performer
James Gadson   Drums
Jack Hale   Trombone,Track Performer
Willie Hall   Drums,Track Performer
Harvey "Joe" Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Roger Hopps   Trumpet,Track Performer
Ike Turner   Piano,Track Performer
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Track Performer
Booker T. Jones   Piano
Donald Kinsey   Guitar,Track Performer
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Jerry Peters   Keyboards,Track Performer
Greg Poree   Guitar,Track Performer
Freddie Robinette   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Willie Stewart   Organ
Wilbur Thompson   Trumpet,Track Performer
Michael Toles   Guitar,Track Performer
James Vaughn   Piano,Track Performer
James Washington   Organ
Tommy Williams   Saxophone
Lee Otis Wright   Bass,Track Performer
Bert de Coteaux   Keyboards,Track Performer
Willie James Exon   Guitar,Track Performer
Al Jackson   Drums,Track Performer
Roosevelt Pointer   Bass,Track Performer
James Alexander   Bass,Track Performer
Winston Stewart   Track Performer
Mickey Gregory   Trumpet,Track Performer
Wa Wa Watson   Guitar
Kenny Rice   Track Performer
Henry E. Davis   Bass
Larry Protho   Trumpet,Track Performer
Fred Jackson   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Harold White   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Don James   Organ,Track Performer
Allen Jones   Organ,Electric Piano,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Producer
David Porter   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Producer
Al Jackson   Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Leo Gooden   Producer
Andrew McKinney   Producer
Bob Lyons   Producer
Sandy Jones   Composer
Henry Jones   Producer
Allen Jones   Producer
Henry Bush   Producer

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The Very Best of Albert King 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A darn near perfect greatest hits collection. Great for someone who says, ''Yeah, I like blues, B.B.'s cool.'' Because after hearing this, their life won't be quite the same. I can guarantee they will never listen to B.B. the same way again. Where B.B. plays clean and dare I say, wimpy, Albert was hard, funky, soulful, and dirty. Combining his MS delta blues with the memphis soul of Booker T. & the MGs, with the great Al Jackson on drums, King's blues recordings simply have no equals. Even later without the MGs, King used top notch musicians and cooley slid into the 70s. There are a number of great tracks missing from here, including ''Wrapped Up In Love Again'', ''Drowning On Dry Land'', & the Mack Rice penned ''Playin' On Me'', but for the most part, it is like I said, darn near perfect.