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(BGO Records) 31 tracks, in slipcase and with new notes. The three albums by blues guitar legend... more

Freddie King: Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD)

(BGO Records) 31 tracks, in slipcase and with new notes.

The three albums by blues guitar legend Freddie King for Shelter Records from 1971, 1972 and 1973
Leon Russell produced the first two albums, introducing King to a commercial rock audience.
All three albums were critically acclaimed and “Woman Across The River” made it into the US Top 200 Albums Chart. King sadly passed away at the age of just 42, but his influence and music live on.

Article properties: Freddie King: Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Freddie King

  • Album titlle: Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label BGO RECORDS

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5017261215185

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King, Freddie - Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD) CD 1
01 Same Old Blues GETTING READY…
02 Dust My Broom Freddie King
03 Worry My Life No More Freddie King
04 Five Long Years Freddie King
05 Key To The Highway Freddie King
06 Going Down Freddie King
07 Living On The Highway Freddie King
08 Walking By Myself Freddie King
09 Tore Down Freddie King
10 Palace Of The King Freddie King
11 Lowdown In Lodi TEXAS CANNONBALL
12 Reconsider Baby Freddie King
13 Big Legged Woman Freddie King
14 Me And My Guitar Freddie King
15 I’d Rather Be Blind Freddie King
16 Can’t Trust Your Neighbor Freddie King
17 You Was Wrong Freddie King
18 How Many More Years Freddie King
19 Ain’t No Sunshine Freddie King
20 The Sky Is Crying Freddie King
King, Freddie - Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD) CD 2
01 Woman Across The River WOMAN ACROSS THE RIVER
02 Hootchie Cootchie Man Freddie King
03 Danger Zone Freddie King
04 Boogie Man Freddie King
05 Leave My Woman Alone Freddie King
06 Just A Little Bit Freddie King
07 Yonder Wall Freddie King
08 Help Me Through The Day Freddie King
09 I’m Ready Freddie King
10 Trouble In Mind Freddie King
11 You Don’t Have To Go Freddie 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.

 

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Tracklist
King, Freddie - Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD) CD 1
01 Same Old Blues
02 Dust My Broom
03 Worry My Life No More
04 Five Long Years
05 Key To The Highway
06 Going Down
07 Living On The Highway
08 Walking By Myself
09 Tore Down
10 Palace Of The King
11 Lowdown In Lodi
12 Reconsider Baby
13 Big Legged Woman
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15 I’d Rather Be Blind
16 Can’t Trust Your Neighbor
17 You Was Wrong
18 How Many More Years
19 Ain’t No Sunshine
20 The Sky Is Crying
King, Freddie - Getting Ready - Texas Cannonball - Woman Across The River (2-CD) CD 2
01 Woman Across The River
02 Hootchie Cootchie Man
03 Danger Zone
04 Boogie Man
05 Leave My Woman Alone
06 Just A Little Bit
07 Yonder Wall
08 Help Me Through The Day
09 I’m Ready
10 Trouble In Mind
11 You Don’t Have To Go