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LP auf Sundazed Records von Albert King - The Big Blues (180g Vinyl) The Definitive reissue of... more

Albert King: The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)

LP auf Sundazed Records von Albert King - The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)

The Definitive reissue of this legendary blues album vinyl - Pressed at RTI

Standing well over six feet and weighing in at around 250 pounds, it's no surprise that Albert King earned the nickname "The Velvet Bulldozer." Standing on stage with his Gibson Flying V, named Lucy, King cut an imposing visual figure. Still, he made an even bigger impression through his recordings, reaching fans all over the world with his punchy, aggressive guitar playing and his commanding voice. Born on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi, in 1923, King was introduced music in church, where his father played guitar. After picking up the guitar himself, King played across the south and midwest, winning a strong live following while in pursuit of a successful recording career. After a few abortive attempts, King finally scored a major hit single with "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong," reaching #14 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1961.

Recorded for Cincinnati's King label, the song captured the distinctive call-and-response style between King's voice and guitar, a direct extension of his gospel roots. It was included on his debut album The Big Blues, a dynamic mix of twelve vocal and instrumental tracks, ten of which were self-composed. Backed by a razor sharp band, which included Ike Turner on piano, King showed an authoritative command of ballads, rumbas and mid-tempo shuffles. It was a sound honed in countless club gigs, a "vivid sound" as the LP jacket rightly proclaimed. To restore this sound to its royal splendor, Sundazed sourced this reissue from the original King mono master tapes. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI) in Camarillo, CA, this resurrected LP boasts breathtaking sound and an exact reproduction of the original first edition cover artwork. Nothing less would have been worthy of one of the most important albums in the blues pantheon. All hail King Albert!LP on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Albert King - The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)

Article properties: Albert King: The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)

  • Interpret: Albert King

  • Album titlle: The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Price code VLP9
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0090771542915

  • weight in Kg 0.29
King, Albert - The Big Blues (180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 Let's Have A Natural Ball Albert King
02 What Can I Do To Change Your Mind? Albert King
03 I Get Evil Albert King
04 Had You Told It Like It Was Albert King
05 This Morning Albert King
06 I Walked All Night Long Albert King
07 Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong Albert King
08 Travelin' To California Albert King
09 I've Made Nights By myself Albert King
10 This Funny Feeling Albert King
11 Ooh-Ee Baby Albert King
12 Dyna Flow 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 - The Big Blues (180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 Let's Have A Natural Ball
02 What Can I Do To Change Your Mind?
03 I Get Evil
04 Had You Told It Like It Was
05 This Morning
06 I Walked All Night Long
07 Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong
08 Travelin' To California
09 I've Made Nights By myself
10 This Funny Feeling
11 Ooh-Ee Baby
12 Dyna Flow