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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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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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Born Under A Bad Sign (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP416888

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(Craft Recordings) 11 tracks, 180g Vinyl Albert King's legendary first album for Stax Records, "Born Under A Bad Sign" - featuring Booker T. & The M. G.'s and The Memphis Horns. The album is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and was mastered...
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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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In Session (LP)
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSTAX7501

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(Stax) 7 tracks Anyone who has ever witnessed a highly anticipated jam session only to be disappointed - because each participant subordinated himself to the other and neither ended up kicking it into first gear - will welcome this...
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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 (CD)
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session (CD) Art-Nr.: CD75012

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(1983 'Stax') (63:55/11 )This 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....
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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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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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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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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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Live Wire - Blues Power
Albert King: Live Wire - Blues Power Art-Nr.: CDSCD4128

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Until he played the legendary 'Fillmore West' in San Francisoc for the time in 1968, Albert King had not often performed in front of a 'white' audience. The hippies loved his combination of Stax soul grooves and extended guitar solos....
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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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Years Gone By
Albert King: Years Gone By Art-Nr.: CD85222

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(1968 'Stax') (34:13/11)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Big Blues (CD)
Albert King: Big Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSJ884

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(2016/Soul Jam) 20 tracks.
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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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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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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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Lovejoy
Albert King: Lovejoy Art-Nr.: CD85172

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