Live at Montreux 1992 by Albert Collins

Live at Montreux 1992 by Albert Collins
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Released 2008-03-04

Released by Eagle Records

Available in Audio CD format

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Recorded just a year before his untimely death from cancer, this 1992 concert from Montreux finds the great Albert Collins still in fine form. With his trademark Fender Telecaster and distinctive finger picking style spotlighted, "The Master of the Telecaster" delivers a set that runs from his early million selling single "Frosty" right up to songs from his final studio album "Iceman".

With his guitar screaming like an alley cat in a lightning storm, Texas blues legend Albert Collins brought all the searing six-string authority that earned his nickname "Master of the Telecaster" to this Live at Montreux 1992 concert. It’s hard to believe he was already fighting the cancer that would end his influential 47-year career as a funk-blues innovator a year later. Collins' gravel-road singing gives his live-and-let-live anthem "Put the Shoe on the Other Foot" the ring of righteous experience while his rhythm section's popping bass and snare-pumped back beat provide a butt-shaking bottom. His set staples "Honey Hush" and Little Johnny Taylor's "If You Love Me Like You Say" follow the same map, but Collins' guitar frequently veers off into ringing, feedback-edged solos built around the staccato finger picking and blaring reverb-drenched tone that inspired Stevie Ray Vaughan, Coco Montoya, and others. Although Collins' Icebreakers are a tight-knit high energy ensemble throughout this set, even playing call-and-response with their leader on his hard-shuffling 1962 hit "Frosty," they're always outshone by the Master's bold string tone – the sound of his sheer blues genius. -- Ted Drozdowski