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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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Born Under A Bad Sign (LP, 180g Vinyl) Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPSTAXS723

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(Speakers Corner) 11 tracks
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Stax Classics (CD) Albert King: Stax Classics (CD) Art-Nr.: CD7202452

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(2017/Concord) 12 tracks. The new Stax Classics series celebrates the iconic label's greatest stars, offering new liner notes, label discographies and 12 choice cuts from the artists' Stax catalog. This collection highlights influential...
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Fillmore East, New York, 1971, Plus Early Studio Recordings (CD) Albert King: Fillmore East, New York, 1971, Plus Early... Art-Nr.: CDFLOATM6286

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(2017/Floating World) 20 Tracks - Includes a 1971 live performance from the Fillmore East in New York City plus rare studio recordings from the period 1959-1963!
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On My Merry Way (CD) Albert King: On My Merry Way (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3089

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(2017/Jasmine) 26 tracks
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The Big Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Albert King: The Big Blues (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LP772162

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(2017/Wax Time) 14 Tracks, 1959-1962 - Reissue of the original 1962 King album plus 2 bonus tracks!
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Big Blues (CD) Albert King: Big Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSJ884

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(2016/Soul Jam) 20 tracks.
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Live in the 70s (CD) Albert King: Live in the 70s (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFLOATM6241

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(2014/Floating World) 12v tracks. Live archive release from the Blues great. These amazing recordings are culled from four shows spanning from 1971 to 1978, kicking off with the first four tracks recorded at Fillmore East in 1971,...
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Live At The Fabulous Forum 1972 Albert King: Live At The Fabulous Forum 1972 Art-Nr.: CDRB3324

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(2015/Rockbeat) 8 tracks. Albert King - gtr/voc, Donald Kinsey - gtr, Rick Watson - tenor sax, Norville Hodges - trumpet, Wilbur Thompson - trumpet, James Washington - org, Bill Rennie - bass, Sam King - drums.
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Live In The '70s Albert King: Live In The '70s Art-Nr.: CDRB3245

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(2014/Rockbeat) 12 tracks. Track 1-4 Filmore East, New York, NY 1971, track 5-9 The Forum, Hollywood, CA 1972, track 10-11 The Purple Carriage, St. Charles, IL 1974, track 12 The Double Door, Chicago, IL 1978.
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Door To Door Albert King & Otis Rush: Door To Door Art-Nr.: LPDOL1467

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(2014/DOL) 14 tracks. 1953-61 Chess - 140 g HQ vinyl. They are not performing together.
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Roadhouse Blues Albert King: Roadhouse Blues Art-Nr.: CDFAN34406

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(1969-84 ‘Stax/Fantasy’) 50:35/11 Digitally re-mastered by Paul Blakemore in 2013.
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Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign Art-Nr.: CDFAN34334

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(1966/67 'Stax') (49:02/16) 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino. Includes 5 previously unissued bonus tracks (*).
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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...
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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 (2-LP) Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session (2-LP) Art-Nr.: LPAPB750145

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(1983 'Stax') Analogue Prod 2-LP Premium Vinyl Pressing 180g, 45 RPM, Acous Tech Mastering.
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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).
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I'll Play The Blues For You Albert King: I'll Play The Blues For You Art-Nr.: LPSTAX8513

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(1972) Stax
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In Session Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session Art-Nr.: LPSTAX7501

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(1983) Stax
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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...
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In Session Albert & Stevie Ray Vaug King: In Session Art-Nr.: DVD31838

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This studios session features two very different blues personalities, the highly influential king of blues guitar, and a young rising star. The results are surprisingly good, thanks to the father role King's playing. Stevie Ray plays...
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Stax Profiles Albert King: Stax Profiles Art-Nr.: CD1886222

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King Albert - New Orleans Albert King: King Albert - New Orleans Art-Nr.: CDCHARLY298

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The Feeling Albert King: The Feeling Art-Nr.: CDSBLUE016

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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.
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Live In Sweden Albert King: Live In Sweden Art-Nr.: DVD2716534

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(1980) (58:00/07) Region code: 0.
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