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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."

Various - Electric Blues - Plug It In! Turn It Up! Vol.4 Electric Blues 1970 - 2005 (english)
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The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)
Albert King: The Big Blues (180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5429

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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...
$32.00
Born Under A Bad Sign (7inch, 45prm, Colored Vinyl)
Albert King & The Butterfield Blues Band: Born Under A Bad Sign (7inch, 45prm, Colored... Art-Nr.: 45EL553448

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(Rhino) 2 tracks, Record Store Day Release, Born Under A Bad Sign as performed by Albert King (1967) and The Butterfield Blues Band (1967)
$21.31
Live Wire - Blues Power
Albert King: Live Wire - Blues Power Art-Nr.: STX4128

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(1968 Live At Fillmore) Stax
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I Wanna Get Funky (LP)
Albert King: I Wanna Get Funky (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSTS5505

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(Stax) 9 tracks I Wanna Get Funky is Albert King's eighth studio album, featuring various blues tunes with strong funk overtones, by Albert King, recorded in 1972 and released in 1973. Featuring a rhythm section led by the Bar-Kays and...
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Lovejoy (LP)
Albert King: Lovejoy (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSTS2040

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(Stax) 9 tracks Part of the Stax-Volt stable of artists, Albert King was always one of the most soulful blues performers. His music was a delightful blend of blues, soul, funk. King benefited from great arrangements of his songs, as well...
$41.50
Stax Profiles
Albert King: Stax Profiles Art-Nr.: CD1886222

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The Very Best Of Albert King
Albert King: The Very Best Of Albert King Art-Nr.: CD302962

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Excellent collection of his greatest sides recorded for 'Stax'.
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In Session
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session Art-Nr.: CD31423

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Re-mastered edition in slip case. - On December 06, 1983 something magical occured. The place: a Canadian tv studio. The prot Stevie Ray Vaughan. Mostly songs from Albert's repertoire. Albert's band does a great job, alos on SRV's...
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In Session (CD & DVD)
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session (CD & DVD) Art-Nr.: CD31839

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Bluesmaster Albert King and up-and-coming star Stevie Ray Vaughan. Mostly songs from Albert's repertoire. Albert's band does a great job, also on SRV's standard 'Pride And Joy'. A beautiful charming record with studio chats in between...
$15.38
The Definitve Albert King (2-CD)
Albert King: The Definitve Albert King (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD32765

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Super, comprehensive compilation with liner notes written by Bill Dahl (20 pages).
$21.08
Door To Door
Albert King & Otis Rush: Door To Door Art-Nr.: CD3293222

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Both guitarists only recorded a handful of tracks for Chess, not enough for albums under their own names. Thus is why this album originally came out in '69 on LP. - Digipak.
$9.20
I'll Play The Blues For You
Albert King: I'll Play The Blues For You Art-Nr.: CD33716

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Reissue, 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino. The sound is awesome! Includes four previously unissued tracks, and new liner notes by Chicago blues historian Bill Dahl. Fantastic!
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In Session
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session Art-Nr.: CD75012

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(1983 'Stax') (63:55/11) Im Allgemeinen halten Sessions nicht, was die mitwirkenden Namen versprechen. Dieses Album ist eine löbliche Ausnahme. Albert King respektiert 'Little Stevie', der am Beginn seiner großartigen, kurzen Karriere...
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King Of The Blues Guitar
Albert King: King Of The Blues Guitar Art-Nr.: CD82132

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-King Of The Blues Guitar (1966-68 'Atlantic') (52:38/17) Exzellentes Album mit sechs Bonus-Titeln / six bonus tracks incl. Oh Pretty Woman, Funk-Shun, Laundromat Blues, Kansas City, etc.
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Lovejoy
Albert King: Lovejoy Art-Nr.: CD85172

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-Lovejoy (1971 'Stax') (36:40/09)
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Years Gone By
Albert King: Years Gone By Art-Nr.: CD85222

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(1968 'Stax') (34:13/11)
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I Wanna Get Funky
Albert King: I Wanna Get Funky Art-Nr.: CD85362

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Great blues/funk from Memphis, featuring the Bar-Kays and the Memphis Horns. Digitally re-mastered in 1990, these recordings sound better than ever. And even The King sounds super cool and laid-back. Fun stuff.
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Wednesday Night In San Francisco
Albert King: Wednesday Night In San Francisco Art-Nr.: CD85562

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(1968 'Stax') (45:02/07)
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Thursday Night In San Francisco
Albert King: Thursday Night In San Francisco Art-Nr.: CD85572

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Previously unissued material, leftovers from the tapes that were recorded that particular night. Albert was headlining, perfomring in front of weird-looking hippies. Great stuff! ALBERT KING - gtr/voc, WILLIE JAMES EXON - gtr, JAMES...
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Funky London
Albert King: Funky London Art-Nr.: CD85862

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(1970-74 'Stax') (51:59/09) Cold Sweat, Can't You See What You're Doing To Me?, Funky London, Lonesome*, Bad Luck*, Sweet Fingers*, Finger On The Trigger*, Drivin' Wheel*, Lovingest Woman In Town*. (* = previously unreleased)
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Hard Bargain
Albert King: Hard Bargain Art-Nr.: CD85942

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(1966-71 'Stax') (47:12/13) Abgesehen von vier Single A- und B-Seiten waren diese Studioaufnahmen bislang unveröffentlicht. Warum? Keine Ahnung. Schlecht sind die Titel jedenfalls nicht / with the exception of four single A and B sides,...
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King Albert - New Orleans
Albert King: King Albert - New Orleans Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY298

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More Big Blues (CD)
Albert King: More Big Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHD827

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(ACE Records) 22 Tracks (1959-63 'Bobbin' ')(62:27) - Albert King, a big man, was one of the most influential blues guitarists of the post war period. With his pipe clenched firmly between his teeth and his trademark Flying V Gibson, he...
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The Complete King And Bobbin Recordings
Albert King: The Complete King And Bobbin Recordings Art-Nr.: CDCOL2887

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(2004/COL) 24 tracks (67:45)
$22.44
Let's Have A Natural Ball
Albert King: Let's Have A Natural Ball Art-Nr.: CDMBCD723

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(1959-63 'Bobbin') (39:49/14) Seine frühen Singles, diesmal in sehr guter Qualität - plus zwei Titel die's zuvor NUR als Singles gab / his great early recordings in extraordinairy quality - plus two more tracks only released on 45s
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