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Albert King: On My Merry Way (CD)

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  • Interpret: Albert King

  • Album titlle: On My Merry Way (CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988308921

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King, Albert - On My Merry Way (CD) CD 1
01 Be On Your Merry Way Albert King
02 Bad Luck Blues Albert King
03 Ooh-Ee Baby Albert King
04 Why Are You So Mean To Me? Albert King
05 Need You By My Side Albert King
06 The Time Has Come Albert King
07 Let's Have A Natural Ball! Albert King
08 Blues At Sunrise Albert King
09 I Walked All Night Long Albert King
10 I've Made Nights By Myself Albert King
11 Travellin' To California Albert King
12 Dyna Flow Albert King
13 Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong Albert King
14 This Morning Albert King
15 I Get Evil Albert King
16 What Can I Do To Change Your Mind? Albert King
17 Little Boy Blue Albert King
18 Hand Me Down Blues Albert King
19 Murder Albert King
20 Bad Luck Albert King
21 Merry Way Albert King
22 Searchin' For A Woman Albert King
23 California Albert King
24 Wild Woman Albert King
25 Won't Be Hangin' Around Albert King
26 Howlin' For My Darling (Calling On My Darling) Albert King
Albert King I'll Play The Blues For You Thanks in large part to Crosscut Saw and Born... more
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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 - On My Merry Way (CD) CD 1
01 Be On Your Merry Way
02 Bad Luck Blues
03 Ooh-Ee Baby
04 Why Are You So Mean To Me?
05 Need You By My Side
06 The Time Has Come
07 Let's Have A Natural Ball!
08 Blues At Sunrise
09 I Walked All Night Long
10 I've Made Nights By Myself
11 Travellin' To California
12 Dyna Flow
13 Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong
14 This Morning
15 I Get Evil
16 What Can I Do To Change Your Mind?
17 Little Boy Blue
18 Hand Me Down Blues
19 Murder
20 Bad Luck
21 Merry Way
22 Searchin' For A Woman
23 California
24 Wild Woman
25 Won't Be Hangin' Around
26 Howlin' For My Darling (Calling On My Darling)