Live Wire/Blues Power CD (1989)

Artist: Albert King

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Label Fantasy/stax
SKU 60070395
UPC 025218412827
UPC 14 00025218412827
Format CD
Release Date 2/20/1989
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Author Albert King
Compilation Appearance Chess Blues
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-1968-71
Compilation Appearance Vol. 3-Stax/Volt Soul Singers
Compilation Appearance Best Blues Album In The World.
Compilation Appearance Wattstax (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Jammed Together
Compilation Appearance It's Christmas Time Again
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 Ron Capone; Bill Halverson
Producer Al Jackson, Jr.
CatalogID SCD-4128-2
Lable Name Stax (USA)
Released 02/21/1989
Original Release 1968
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code AAD
Length 38m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00025218412827
Album Notes and Credits
Solo performer: Albert King (vocals, guitar).
Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco. Originally released on Stax (2003).
Personnel: Albert King (vocals, guitar); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Liner Note Author: Gene Simmons.
Recording information: The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.
By 1968, after years of regional success and low-profile gigging, Albert King had attained significant popularity among both blues and rock audiences. The 1967 release of his Stax debut BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN had achieved crossover success, and he was regularly sharing stages with the likes of Jimi Hendrix at Bill Graham's Fillmore auditorium in San Francisco. That venue is the setting for this live recording, which catches King at the height of his game, both vocally and as an axeman.
King throws a curveball with the opener, a boogaloo-tinged rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." "Blues Power," in its spoken, call-and-response interludes and King's stinging electric leads, testifies to the redemptive strength of the form. The high-energy overdrive of "Nightstomp," complete with slightly distorted amplification, seems suited to the young revelers one imagines in the audience that evening, and the deeply soulful "Blues at Sunrise" shows off some of King's best fretwork. All told, this is a stellar set from one of blues' most influential and appealing figures.
Disc 1
1 Watermelon Man
2 Blues Power
3 Night Stomp
4 Blues At Sunrise
5 Please Love Me
6 Look Out

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