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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O's Ultimate Collection is one of the first truly comprehensive overviews of Freddie King's career, starting with his seminal recordings for Federal and running all the way to his final recordings for RSO in the mid-'70s. This is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it's nice to have a disc that tells the whole story, but the shifting production values and performance aesthetics make for slightly uneven listening. Throughout it all, though, King's playing shines and it's clear that even if his material and approach wavered toward the '70s, there was plenty to enjoy within his musicianship. Nevertheless, this is a place to go when you want to dig a little deeper, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O's Ultimate Collection is one of the first truly comprehensive overviews of Freddie King's career, starting with his seminal recordings for Federal and running all the way to his final recordings for RSO in the mid-'70s. This is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it's nice to have a disc that tells the whole story, but the shifting production values and performance aesthetics make for slightly uneven listening. Throughout it all, though, King's playing shines and it's clear that even if his material and approach wavered toward the '70s, there was plenty to enjoy within his musicianship. Nevertheless, this is a place to go when you want to dig a little deeper, when you want a map of his entire career; if you want to delve in, head toward Rhino's collection of his Federal/King sides.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731452090928
  • Catalog Number: 520909
  • Sales rank: 30,190

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie King Primary Artist
Leon Russell Guitar, Piano
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Clifford Scott Saxophone
Claudia Lennear Background Vocals
Mike Vernon Percussion
Sonny Thompson Piano
Martin Banks Trumpet
Bud Beadle Baritone Saxophone
Willie Bridges Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carthy Trumpet
Eric Clapton Guitar
Joey Cooper Background Vocals
Roy Davies Electric Piano, Clavinet
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Steve Ferrone Drums
John Gallie Organ
DeLisle Harper Bass
Rev. Patrick Henderson Organ, Piano
Fred Jordan Guitar
Trevor Lawrence Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kathi McDonald Background Vocals
Chris Mercer Tenor Saxophone
Charles Myers Drums
Jamie Oldaker Drums
Philip Paul Drums
Carl Radle Bass
Dick Sims Organ
George Stubbs Piano
George Terry Guitar
Benny Turner Bass
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Bill Willis Bass
Sam Wyle Guitar, Rhythm
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Lewis Stephens Piano
Charlie Robinson Drums
Charles Blackwell Drums
Technical Credits
Leon Russell Producer
King Curtis Producer
Don Nix Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Ilene Weingard Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ultimate Collection

    Although not as recognizable as BB or Albert King, Freddie stands as one of the greatest blues guitarists to ever strap on an axe. He was far ahead of his time with his fiery licks, and that is evident on the instrumentals included here--"The Stumble," "Hide Away," and "San Ho Zay." Plus, there are times when Freddie just tore it all down and rocked. "Going Down" and "Palace Of The King" are two such examples. And Freddie King had one of the smoothest voices to be found in the blues genre. "You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling" and "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" are proof of that. This is an excellent collection of King's work, spanning his entire career, not just the recordings he made for a certain label. In listening to it, it is easy to see how King influenced such artists as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ultimate Collection

    Though not as well known as some of his contemporaries, Freddie King has to stand as one of the greatest blues guitarists to ever strap on an axe. He was lively, energetic, passionate, and far ahead of his time. His instrumentals, "The Stumble" and "Hide Away," to name two, straddle that line between blues and rock, and are filled wiht some of the greatest licks you'll ever hear. King also had a smooth soulful voice, evident on great tracks like "Love Her With A Feeling" and "Have You Ever Loved A Woman." And then there were those times when Freddie could just tear it all down and rock your socks off. "Palace Of The King" and "Goin' Down" are two great examples. This collection is great because it represents King's entire career, not just the tunes he recorded for a particular label. Listen to this disc, and you'll see why Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan listed him as a major influence, and why Grand Funk paid homage to him in one of their songs. He was truly a master!

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