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Format: CD
Sku: 230391723
UPC: 888072337169
UPC 14: 00888072337169
Release Date: 5/22/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I'll Play The Blues For You, Pts. 1 & 2 ~ Albert King
3. Breaking Up Somebody's Home ~ Albert King
4. High Cost Of Loving ~ Albert King
5. I'll Be Doggone ~ Albert King
6. Answer To The Laundromat Blues ~ Albert King
7. Don't Burn Down the Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across) ~ Albert King
9. I'll Play the Blues for You [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased) ~ Albert King
10. Don't Burn Down the Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across) [Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased) ~ Albert King
11. I Need a Love - (previously unreleased) ~ Albert King
12. Albert's Stomp - (previously unreleased) ~ Albert King

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Albert King (vocals, guitar); The Memphis Horns (horns); The Bar-Kays & The Movement (bass, drums).
Muze PNote Originally released on Stax (3009). Includes liner notes by Tom Wheeler.
Muze PNote Personnel: Albert King (vocals, guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Tom Wheeler; Bill Dahl.
Muze PNote Recording information: Memphis (1972).
Muze PNote Photographer: Bernard Nagler.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Allen Jones ; Henry Bush.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Allen Jones; Henry Bush; Chris Clough (Reissue)

Engineer: William Brown; Henry Bush

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist The Bar-Kays
Muze Guest Artist The Memphis Horns

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Pure Blues
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations We'll Play The Blues For You
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Stax 50th Anniversary:Best Of Stax
Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations S.r.vaughan
Muze Music Compilations Wattstax (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations It's Christmas Time Again
Muze Music Compilations World's Greatest Blues:live

Associated Artists and Works

Cropper, Steve
Hooker, John Lee
We Three Kings Of Blues Guitar ~ King, Earl
Two For the Blues ~ King, Freddie
Morrison, Jim
Morrison, Jim (Doors)
Reed, Jimmy
Reed, Jimmy (Blues)
Winter, Johnny

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/22/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1972
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : STX33716
Music Label Name Label : Stax (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072337169

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..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   King,Albert
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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