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(Floating World) 42 tracks. Texas-born Freddie King was one of the greatest blues...more

Freddie King: Electric King...plus (3-CD Box)

(Floating World) 42 tracks.

Texas-born Freddie King was one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time and had a huge influence on musicians like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green and Mick Taylor in the 1960s.

The first two CDs feature live recordings from his classic repertoire from 1969 to 1975. His signature tune, "Hide Away," was named after a nightclub on Chicago's Westside, "Mel's Hideaway Lounge."

The third CD is King's studio album Let's Hide Away And Dance Away, which contains all of his best-known tracks, including "Sen-Sa-Shun," "Side Tracked" and "San-Ho-Zay," as well as "Hide Away."

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  • Interpret: Freddie King

  • Album titlle: Electric King...plus (3-CD Box)

  • Label FLOATING WORLD

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0805772643321

  • weight in Kg 0.19
King, Freddie - Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) CD 1
01San-Ho-ZayFreddie King
02Have You Ever Loved a WomanFreddie King
03HideawayFreddie King
04Play It CoolFreddie King
05Sen-Say-ShunFreddie King
06Something You GotFreddie King
07Intro JamFreddie King
08Big Legged WomanFreddie King
09Woman Across The RiverFreddie King
10Look Over Yonder WallFreddie King
11Ain't No SunshineFreddie King
12Red Light, Green LightFreddie King
13DrumsFreddie King
14Have You Ever Loved a WomanFreddie King
King, Freddie - Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) CD 2
01Let the Good Time RollFreddie King
02Let the Good Time Roll (continued)Freddie King
03Goin' DownFreddie King
04Big Legged WomanFreddie King
05Woman Across The RiverFreddie King
06While The Moon Is Shining BrightFreddie King
07Ain't Nobody's BusinessFreddie King
08Key To The HighwayFreddie King
09Hide AwayFreddie King
10Goin' DownFreddie King
11Early One MorningFreddie King
12Come On (Part III)Freddie King
13Have You Ever Loved A WomanFreddie King
14KZEW - Outro LSB CommercialFreddie King
King, Freddie - Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) CD 3
01Hide AwayFreddie King
02ButterscotchFreddie King
03Sen-Sa-ShunFreddie King
04Side TrackedFreddie King
05The StumbleFreddie King
06Wash OutFreddie King
07San-Ho-ZayFreddie King
08Just Pickin'Freddie King
09Heads UpFreddie King
10In The OpenFreddie King
11Out FrontFreddie King
12SwooshyFreddie King
13(Let Your Love) Wash Over MeFreddie King
14It's Easy ChildFreddie King
Freddie King Although he was born near Gilmer, Texas, on September 3, 1934, Freddy King... more
"Freddie King"

Freddie King

Although he was born near Gilmer, Texas, on September 3, 1934, Freddy King spent his musically formative years in Chicago. From 1950 to 1963, the handsome guitarist contributed to changing the blues of Windy City from ensemble tradition to the new, more aggressive sound of the West Side - with his sensational guitar skills and roaring vocals.

Freddie Christian (King was his mother's last name; Federal Records later changed the spelling of his first name to Freddy) learned guitar early on under the guidance of his uncle Leon King. The 78's of Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Louis Jordan made a big impression on the boy. He moved to Chicago in December 1950; great for his age, he was let into the local blues bars and could see his heroes up close. The brilliant guitarists Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Eddie Taylor gave him important musical tips.

"He tried to learn to play," said Rogers, who died in 1997. "He'd come in and sit down and watch us play, me and Muddy." Freddy did a good job of what he saw, "He then went back home and practiced until those licks sounded quite good to him." King developed a hot two-finger guitar technique with a plastic thumb pick and a metal pick on the index finger. "That's how I played, and he watched me," Rogers said. Freddy played in various local formations and joined the Blues Cats of the young bluesharp player Earlee Payton in 1956. "Payton left us," recalled their bassist Robert 'Big Mojo' Elem, who died in 1997. "After that, Freddy King was the bandleader."

King made his record debut in 1956 with the groovy That's What You Think for John Burton's tiny El-Bee label, but then had to wait four years for his next recording opportunity. Meanwhile he worked his way to the top of the new West Side movement, together with Magic Sam. "Everybody said,'Man, you gotta see Freddy King," says his West Side guitar mate Eddy Clearwater.

Another young Chicago guitarist, Syl Johnson, played a mediating role when Freddy finally found accommodation at Syd Nathans' Federal sub-label in Cincinnati's King Records. "He heard I was signing with Federal, so he wanted to try to get on the label," says Syl. "He gave me a demo and I sent it to Sonny Thompson." Sonny, a Mississippi-born pianist who reached the top of the R&B charts in 1948 with his two-part instrumental Long Gone for the Miracle record company before switching to Nathan's King label, headed the Chicago office of Federal and King. Thompson signed Freddy for Federal and produced his debut session in Cincinnati on August 26, 1960.

As usual Thompson also took over the piano, Bill Willis played bass and Philip Paul drums. No less than three hits were recorded on this day, the biggest was the only instrumental number. Hide Away was named after one of Freddy's favorite pubs on the West Side, Mel's Hideaway Lounge. "It's been a real hotspot for a long time," Rogers said. The piece consisted of a series of borrowed riffs, which were joined together to form a seamless whole.

The basic theme was taken over by King from slide guitar wizard Hound Dog Taylor, who called his creation Taylor's Boogie. "He was the first one to start playing it," says Clearwater. "Then Magic Sam played it." He recorded his own version for Mel London's Chief logo in 1961 and named it Do The Camel Walk. But Sam didn't use the two choruses Freddy played on his bass strings that came straight from Jimmy McCracklin's 58 hit The Walk, and the 12 bars from Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn. The wide open break chord came either from Lockwood or Freddy Robinson.

"We played it about three, four, maybe five or six times and we thought,'Okay, we're getting ready to record it,'" Willis, who died in 2010, recalled. "The old man (Nathan) said,'I got it!'" Crazy old Syd had captured a #5 R&B-/#29 pop smash hit - and the definitive electric blues guitar instrumental piece.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
King, Freddie - Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) CD 1
01 San-Ho-Zay
02 Have You Ever Loved a Woman
03 Hideaway
04 Play It Cool
05 Sen-Say-Shun
06 Something You Got
07 Intro Jam
08 Big Legged Woman
09 Woman Across The River
10 Look Over Yonder Wall
11 Ain't No Sunshine
12 Red Light, Green Light
13 Drums
14 Have You Ever Loved a Woman
King, Freddie - Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) CD 2
01 Let the Good Time Roll
02 Let the Good Time Roll (continued)
03 Goin' Down
04 Big Legged Woman
05 Woman Across The River
06 While The Moon Is Shining Bright
07 Ain't Nobody's Business
08 Key To The Highway
09 Hide Away
10 Goin' Down
11 Early One Morning
12 Come On (Part III)
13 Have You Ever Loved A Woman
14 KZEW - Outro LSB Commercial
King, Freddie - Electric King...plus (3-CD Box) CD 3
01 Hide Away
02 Butterscotch
03 Sen-Sa-Shun
04 Side Tracked
05 The Stumble
06 Wash Out
07 San-Ho-Zay
08 Just Pickin'
09 Heads Up
10 In The Open
11 Out Front
12 Swooshy
13 (Let Your Love) Wash Over Me
14 It's Easy Child