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Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl)

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(1966/67 'Stax') (34:43/11) Audiophile LP, 180 grm. ALBERT KING - voc/gtr, w/ BOOKER T & THE MGs,... more

Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl)

(1966/67 'Stax') (34:43/11) Audiophile LP, 180 grm. ALBERT KING - voc/gtr, w/ BOOKER T & THE MGs, MEMPHIS HORNS.

Along with B.B. and Freddie, Albert King will forever be hailed as one of the original 'Three Kings of the Blues Guitar.' Cutting a dynamic 6' 4' figure on stage while playing his 1958 Gibson Flying V upside down to accommodate his left-handedness (paging Mr. Hendrix!), Albert earned the nickname 'The Velvet Bulldozer' due to his forceful yet subtle style. An enormous influence on the British blues scene, Eric Clapton was perhaps King's most vocal fan, crediting Cream classics like 'Strange Brew' as direct extensions of King's playing. Other axemen falling under his sway were the afore-mentioned Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, Joe Walsh, Robbie Robertson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. By the late 1960s, King was headlining rock shows around the country and turning on generation of American fans to electric blues.

To record Born Under a Bad Sign, King walked 'Lucy,' his well-worn Flying V, down Memphis' McLemore Avenue and straight into Stax Studios. Once inside, he enlisted the aid of Booker T. and the MGs as well as the Memphis Horns. Talk about a backing band! The combination proved absolutely explosive as the MGs solid groove allowed King to lay down stinging solos with abandon. Though rightly hailed for his guitar prowess, King was also an incredibly soulful singer as he definitively demonstrates throughout the album. Often, he used his guitar as an extension of his voice, answering a vocal line with an equally descriptive lick. Just listen to the back-and-forth of 'Laundromat Blues' for a prime example. The album's title track, which became King's signature song, also features fiery vocal and guitar interplay. For the 'velvet' side of the bulldozer, try King's tender treatment of the Tin Pan Alley chestnut, 'The Very Thought of You.'

Upon release in 1967, Born Under a Bad Sign was hailed as an instant classic. It has since been recognized as one of the all-time great blues albums, with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, placement in Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' and induction into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame's 'Classics of Blues Recordings' among its many accolades. No thorough blues or rock collection is complete without it. Sundazed has sourced this edition directly from the original Stax analog masters to ensure that every lick, every line, every shout is captured. In addition to the album's eleven original tracks, this Sundazed release adds two King rare mono single sides, 'Funk-Shun' and 'Overall Junction.' This 'bad sign' ain't nothin' but good!

Article properties: Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl)

  • Interpret: Albert King

  • Album titlle: Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Price code VLP2
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0090771503114

  • weight in Kg 0.2
King, Albert - Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King
02 Crosscut Saw Albert King
03 Kansas City Albert King
04 Oh, Pretty Woman Albert King
05 Down Don't Bother Me Albert King
06 The Hunter Albert King
07 Funk-Shun Albert King
08 I Almost Lost My Mind Albert King
09 Personal Manager Albert King
10 Laundromat Blues Albert King
11 As The Years Go Passing By Albert King
12 The Very Thought Of You Albert King
13 Overall Junction Albert King
Albert King I'll Play The Blues For You Thanks in large part to Crosscut Saw and Born... more
"Albert King"

Albert King

I'll Play The Blues For You

Thanks in large part to Crosscut Saw and Born Under A Bad Sign, Albert King emerged as a powerful "new" blues guitarist in 1967, even though he'd been recording since ‘53 and had made plenty of great records for the St. Louis-based Bobbin label long before he signed with Stax. Young white rock fans were just picking up on his mile-wide upside-down string-bending and honeyed vocals as he shared bills with their long-haired rock idols, and luminaries such as Eric Clapton were incorporating King's trademark riffs into their own styles.

King posted two lesser hits, Cold Feet and (I Love) Lucy, in 1968 (the latter a tribute to his distinctive Flying V guitar), and he managed more chart appearances with the grinding Can't You See What You're Doing To Me in '70, an ironic Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven in '71, and 1972's pleading Angel Of Mercy. But none came close to the impact of I'll Play The Blues For You. This would prove a lasting signature song even though it was a major departure for the stevedore-sized southpaw. Composer Jerry Beach built in a lot of extra chords, and the overall feel is mid-tempo and mellow, especially when Albert hits on a young lady with a seductive monolog midway through (it's hard to tell whether he's successful).

"I was in the studio, searching for a tune to play," said the late King. "They came up with this ‘I'll Play The Blues For You.' They already had the tune there. It was sent in by another guy. So we just got it together." He was backed by the reformed Bar-Kays, back in action after their ranks were decimated by the tragic 1967 plane crash that also killed Otis Redding. Only bassist James Alexander and trumpeter Ben Cauley remained from the ill-fated original lineup; guitarist Michael Toles, drummer Willie Hall, and keyboardist Allen Jones, the song's co-producer with Stax recording engineer Henry Bush, now filled out the rhythm section.

I'll Play The Blues For You rose to #31 R&B in the summer of '72, but that relatively unimpressive chart position doesn't fully indicate its importance in King's vast musical pantheon. His touring bus sported that song title on its side, and rightly so because that's exactly what he did: play the blues for his fans. To the end—he died December 21, 1992 in Memphis, where this song and so many more of his classics were cut for Stax—King knew the music that he'd done so much to advance would endure.

 

"The blues will be here as long as the world stands," Albert confidently predicted. "Won't be no change in that."

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Tracklist
King, Albert - Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 Born Under A Bad Sign
02 Crosscut Saw
03 Kansas City
04 Oh, Pretty Woman
05 Down Don't Bother Me
06 The Hunter
07 Funk-Shun
08 I Almost Lost My Mind
09 Personal Manager
10 Laundromat Blues
11 As The Years Go Passing By
12 The Very Thought Of You
13 Overall Junction