Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Collection

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by Freddie King
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731452090928
catalogNumber:
520909
Rank:
31138

Tracks

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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
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer

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Ultimate Collection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!