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I'll Play The Blues For You

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I'll Play The Blues For You
Little Brother (Make A Way)
Breaking Up Somebody's Home
High Cost Of Loving
I'll Be Doggone
Answer To The Laundromat Blues
Don't Burn Down The Bridge ('Cuz You Might Wanna Come Back Across)
Angel Of Mercy
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 39:46

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Fred Goodman


A potent tour de force from a true King.
2006 | Label: Stax

Although Stax was essentially a soul label, they had a big umbrella: gospel artists like the Staple Singers, novelty performers like Rufus Thomas and bluesmen like harmonica player Little Sonny and guitarist Albert King. Part of the triumvirate of Kings that ruled the blues guitar roost in the '60s and '70s (along with B.B. and Freddie), Albert King had a dramatic guitar attack that he married with a powerful vocal style.… read more »

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A Looser, Funkier Albert King...


This album features King with a lot more soul, R&B and funk influences than his earlier recordings, complete with slick horn arrangements. His biting guitar still cuts through the mix to remind you that this is still an Albert King record, after all. For those who want to add a little new spice to the blues gumbo, definitely give this one a spin.

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The King of Kings


Nobody played with more feeling than Albert King and this Alblum contains at least 5 classics, Breaking Up Somebody's Home, I'll Play The Blues For You, Don't Burn Down The Bridge, Angel Of Mercy, and the Answer To The Laundromat Blues. The other three aren't bad either. Let the man with the Flying V Play the Blues for you!

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The Cincinnati Blues Sound

By John Morthland, Contributor

To the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever made a good case for a Cincinnati blues sound, but the Queen City was no stranger to the blues. A rough-hewn, urban backwater on the banks of the Ohio River (which is also the Kentucky state line), Cincinnati is arguably the most southern city to find itself misplaced north of the Mason-Dixon line, and as home to King Records played occasional host to a variety of… more »

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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

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