Friday, October 26, 2012

Albert King - "Blues Power"

For my money, Indianola, Mississippi's other favorite son was the greatest of the blues guitar Kings, and his Live Wire/Blues Power (recorded live at the Fillmore in San Francisco because, as Josh Alan Friedman says, "Hippies loved blues") crushes B.B.'s admittedly titanic Live At the Regal. What Albert had that B.B. and Freddie didn't: That tone. And the ability to bend two whole steps. And Al Jackson, Jr., producing him, and Booker T. and the MGs backing him to the hilt. Jimi was listening, as was SRV.


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