The Very Best of Albert King

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227570323
  • Catalog Number: 75703
  • Sales rank: 12,055

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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Bob Fisher Remastering
Isaac Hayes Producer
Booker T. Jones Producer
David Porter Producer
Bert de Coteaux Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Leo Gooden Producer
Andrew McKinney Producer
Bob Lyons Producer
Sandy Jones Composer
Henry Jones Producer
R. B. Ford Composer
Allen Jones Producer
Henry Bush Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ONLY King

    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.

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