King of the Blues Guitar by Albert King

King of the Blues Guitar by Albert King
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Released 1989-08-18

Released by Atlantic

Available in Audio CD format

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The cream of the crop of the blues legend's acclaimed '60s Stax work. Includes "Born Under a Bad Sign." [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

These 17 tunes come from King's most fertile period, his 1966-68 tenure at Memphis's Stax Records. Stax chief Jim Stewart had been reluctant to sign blues artists because he felt straight blues wouldn't mesh with Stax's patented Memphis soul. Ironically, the fusion of King's sharp guitar wails with the dynamic rhythms of Booker T. & the MGs--the Stax house band--was what set King apart from other bluesmen. The unique blend produced classic after classic: Booker T. Jones' rolling piano propels "Laundromat Blues." Al Jackson's drum shuffle supports "Crosscut Saw." The driving horns of Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, and Joe Arnold accent "Born Under a Bad Sign." King's ripe and mellow vocals are a perfect match for the soul-drenched music while his dramatic string bends leap out. --Marc Greilsamer