by Freddie King

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Produced in part by Mike Vernon, who worked on The Legendary Christine Perfect Album, this is an entertaining and concise package of ten songs performed by the late Freddie King and a slew of guests. Opening with Gonzalez Chandler's "Pack It Up," featuring the Gonzalez Horn Section, the youthful legend was only 40 years of age when he cut this career LP two years before his death. Though no songs went up the charts like his Top Five hit in 1961, "Hide Away," Burglar is one of those gems that journeymen can put together in their sleep. Tom Dowd produced "Sugar Sweet" at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, featuring Jamie Oldaker on drums, Carl Radle on bass, and guitarists Eric Clapton and George Terry, which, of course, makes this album highly collectable in the Clapton circles. The sound doesn't deviate much from the rest of the disc's Mike Vernon production work; it is pure Freddy King, like on the final track, E. King's "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)," where his guitar bursts through the horns and party atmosphere, creating a fusion of the pure blues found on "Sugar Sweet" and the rock that fans of Grand Funk grooved to when he opened for that group and was immortalized in their 1973 number one hit "We're an American Band" a year after this record's release. Sylistically, Freddie King is from the same school as Buddy Guy, two men instrumental in bringing this art form to a mass audience. King stretches those sounds with great fervor on the Hayes/Porter number "I Had a Dream," containing the strength Mark Farner said the blues artist displayed in concert, which could snap a guitar neck. The voice of Freddie King is what drives J.J. Cale's "I Got the Same Old Blues," the horns and the guitar battling between verses and uniting to ooze under the guitarist's vocal expression. Rhythm guitarist Bob Tench, producer Mike Vernon, bassist DeLisle Harper, drummer Steve Ferrone, and pianist Roy Davies all co-write "Texas Flyer" with Freddie King, a prime example of the modern blues this artist was developing. With Brian Auger and Pete Wingfield contributing to the title track, Jerry Ragovoy's "She's a Burglar," this project stands as a solid representation of an important musician which is as enjoyable as it is historic.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2001
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0042283181526
catalogNumber: 831815

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mike Vernon   Percussion,Drums
Brian Auger   Organ
P.P. Arnold   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Arnold   Background Vocals
Bud Beadle   Baritone Saxophone
Misty Browning   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ron Carthy   Trumpet
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Roy Davies   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Mick Eve   Saxophone
Steve Ferrone   Drums,Cabasa
Gonzales Horn Section   Horn
Steve Gregory   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
DeLisle Harper   Bass,Percussion
Chris Mercer   Tenor Saxophone
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Carl Radle   Bass
Dick Sims   Organ,Keyboards
Bob Tench   Guitar
George Terry   Guitar
Donnie Vie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Wingfield   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Mick Eves   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mike Vernon   Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Tom Dowd   Producer
Gonzales Horn Section   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Steve Gregory   Horn Arrangements
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Steve Klein   Engineer
Chris Mercer   Horn Arrangements
Roger Dopson   Liner Notes
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Peter Palombi   Illustrations,Cover Illustration

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