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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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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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Albert King: Live Wire - Blues Power
Art-Nr.: CDSCD4128
 

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Albert King: More Big Blues
Art-Nr.: CDCHD827
 

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Art-Nr.: STX4128
 

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(1968 Live At Fillmore) Stax

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Albert King: Wednesday Night In San Francisco
Art-Nr.: CD85562
 

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(1968 'Stax') (45:02/07)

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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 WASHINGTON - org, ROOSEVELT...

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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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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, these studio cuts...

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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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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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Albert King: The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: SLP5429
 

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LP on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Albert King - The Big Blues (180g Vinyl)

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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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Albert King: Lovejoy
Art-Nr.: CD85172
 

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-Lovejoy (1971 'Stax') (36:40/09)

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Art-Nr.: SLP5031
 

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

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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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Albert King: The Complete King And Bobbin Recordings
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2887
 

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(2004/COL) 24 tracks (67:45)

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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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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 standard 'Pride And Joy'. A...

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Art-Nr.: LPSTAX7501
 

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(1983) Stax

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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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Albert King: King, Albert Born Under A Bad Sign
Art-Nr.: CDFAN34334
 

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(1966-1967 'Stax') (49:02 / 16) 24-bit remastering par Joe Tarantino. Comprend 5 titres déjà unissuedbonus (*).

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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 songs. Great mastering! A...

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Albert King: The Feeling
Art-Nr.: CDSBLUE016
 

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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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Albert King: Stax Profiles
Art-Nr.: CD1886222
 

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

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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, followed by five from the Forum,...

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