I'll Play The Blues For You CD (2012)

Artist: Albert King

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Label Fantasy Records/concord Jazz
SKU 230391723
UPC 888072337169
UPC 14 00888072337169
Format CD
Release Date 5/22/2012
Author Albert King
Compilation Appearance Chess Blues
Compilation Appearance It's Christmas Time Again
Compilation Appearance Jammed Together
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-1968-71
Compilation Appearance Wattstax (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 3-Stax/Volt Soul Singers
Compilation Appearance Best Blues Album In The World.
Compilation Appearance S.r.vaughan
Compilation Appearance Stax Story
Compilation Appearance Pure Blues
Compilation Appearance Best Of The Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance We'll Play The Blues For You
Compilation Appearance Wattstax: highlights From The Soundtra
Compilation Appearance Gold:blues
Compilation Appearance Stax 50th Anniversary:Best Of Stax
Compilation Appearance Rough Guide To The Blues
Compilation Appearance World's Greatest Blues:live
Compilation Appearance Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Technical Info
Engineer William Brown; Henry Bush
Producer Allen Jones; Henry Bush; Chris Clough (Reissue)
CatalogID STX33716
Lable Name Stax (USA)
Released 05/22/2012
Original Release 1972
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 55s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888072337169
Musical Guests
The Bar-Kays
The Memphis Horns
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Albert King (vocals, guitar); The Memphis Horns (horns); The Bar-Kays & The Movement (bass, drums).
Originally released on Stax (3009). Includes liner notes by Tom Wheeler.
Personnel: Albert King (vocals, guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Tom Wheeler; Bill Dahl.
Recording information: Memphis (1972).
Photographer: Bernard Nagler.
Arrangers: Allen Jones ; Henry Bush.
It's not as if Albert King hadn't tasted success in his first decade and a half as a performer, but his late-'60s/early-'70s recordings for Stax did win him a substantially larger audience. During those years, the label began earning significant clout amongst rock fans through events like Otis Redding's appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival and a seemingly endless string of classic singles. When King signed to the label in 1966, he was immediately paired with the Stax session team Booker T. & the MG's. The results were impressive: "Crosscut Saw," "Laundromat Blues," and the singles collection Born Under a Bad Sign were all hits. Though 1972's I'll Play the Blues for You followed a slightly different formula, the combination of King, members of the legendary Bar-Kays, the Isaac Hayes Movement, and the sparkling Memphis Horns was hardly a risky endeavor. The result was a trim, funk-infused blues sound that provided ample space for King's oft-imitated guitar playing. King has always been more impressive as a soloist than a singer, and some of his vocal performances on I'll Play the Blues for You lack the intensity one might hope for. As usual, he more than compensates with a series of exquisite six-string workouts. The title track and "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" both stretch past seven minutes, while "I'll Be Doggone" and "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" (where King coaxes a crowd to "take it to the bridge," James Brown-style) break the five-minute barrier. Riding strutting lines by bassist James Alexander, King runs the gamut from tough, muscular playing to impassioned cries on his instrument, making I'll Play the Blues for You one of a handful of his great Stax sets. ~ Nathan Bush
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (p.66) - "[The album] rivals 1967's BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN as King's greatest album and was the highest charting album of his career..."
Disc 1
1 I'll Play The Blues For You, Pts. 1 & 2
3 Breaking Up Somebody's Home
4 High Cost Of Loving
5 I'll Be Doggone
6 Answer To The Laundromat Blues
7 Don't Burn Down the Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across)
9 I'll Play the Blues for You [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
10 Don't Burn Down the Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across) [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
11 I Need a Love - (previously unreleased)
12 Albert's Stomp - (previously unreleased)
Product Attributes
Artist King,Albert
Music Format Compact Disc
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