ALBERT KING


Ο Αlbert King (To κανονικό του όνομα ήταν Albert Nelson) γεννήθηκε στις 25 Απριλίου 1923 στην Indianola , Mississippi , και πέθανε στις 21 Δεκεμβρίου 1992.
Ο Bluesman Albert King ήταν από τους μεγαλύτερους blues ηλεκτρικούς κιθαρίστες μετά τον 2ο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο. Παίζοντας αριστερόχειρα και κρατώντας τη κιθάρα του ανάποδα με τις μπάσες χορδές προς τα κάτω απέκτησε ένα ιδιαίτερο ήχο που επηρέασε πολλούς μεταγενέστερους κιθαρίστες. Ήταν μάστορας στα σόλο σε μια χορδή, και έκανε τόσο ιδιαίτερα bendings τα οποία ξεχώριζαν εύκολα από τα σόλο των άλλων κιθαριστών. Πολλοί καλλιτέχνες (κιθαρίστες) επηρεάστηκαν βαριά από το style του,όπως:SRV,CLAPTON,HENDRIX,BLOOMFIELD.
Στη δεκαετία του 60 οι ηχογραφήσεις του με τη STAX Label δημιούργησαν ένα είδος blues το οποίο περνούσε στα νερά του σύγχρονου τότε soul. Ο King έμαθε μόνος του κιθάρα με μια αυτοσχέδια κιθάρα. Επηρεάστηκε αρκετά από τον Blind Lemmon Jefferson και άρχισε να ασχολείται με τα blues φτιάχνοντας μια μπάντα τους Groove Boys τους οποίους κράτησε μέχρι το 1950. Για κάποιο διάστημα έπαιξε τύμπανα μαζί με τον Jimmie Reed.To 1953 έπεισε τον ιδιοκτήτη της δισκογραφικής Parrot label να τον ηχογραφήσει σαν σόλο κιθαρίστα και τραγουδιστή. Ακολούθησαν κάποιες παραγωγές χωρίς όμως μεγάλη επιτυχία. Ο Albert King
Αναγνωρίστηκε σαν μεγάλη μορφή των blues όταν υπέγραψε με την εταιρία STAX το 1966.Δούλεψε με τον παραγωγό και ντράμερ Al Jackson- Steve Cropper κιθάρα- Ace Booker T.Jones στα πλήκτρα ,και στο μπάσο τον Donald ‘duck’dunn.Τότου δημιουργήθηκαν και οι μεγάλες επιτυχίες του όπως το born under a bad sign. O Albert king συνεργάστηκε με τους μεγαλύτερους μουσικούς του είδους όπως Jimi Hendrix και John Mayall.
Tη δεκαετία του 70 άρχισε να περιοδεύει συχνά παίζοντας και σε rock και soul κοινό.
Το 1983 μπήκε στο Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.Συνέχισε τις περιοδείες στη δεκαετία του 80 και λίγο από τις αρχές του 90.Πέθανε το 1992 από καρδιακή προσβολή ετοιμάζοντας μια νέα ευρωπαϊκή περιοδεία. Ο King έχει παίξει και στην Ελλάδα στις αρχές του 90 .Μάλιστα ήμουν στο live στο μύλο Θεσσαλονίκης στο οποίο ήταν απολαυστικός, έχοντας για support τους δικούς μας Blues wire οι οποίοι μας έβγαλαν ασπροπρόσωπους. Τέλος θα ήθελα να επισημάνω ότι χωρίς τον Albert King τα blues δεν θα είχαν τη μορφή που έχουν σήμερα από θέμα τεχνικής. Είμαι σίγουρος ότι κάπου εκεί ψηλά θα κάνει ένα δεύτερο in session παρέα με τον SRV.


STAX DISCOGRAPHY
Singles
Stax 190 : Laundromat Blues / Overall Junction
Stax 197 : Oh, Pretty Woman / Funk Shun
Stax 201 : Crosscut Saw / Down Don't Bother Me
Stax 217 : Born Under A Bad Sign / Personal Manager
Stax 241 : Cold Feet / You Sure Drive A Hard Bargain
Stax 252 : (I Love) Lucy / You're Gonna Need Me
Stax 0020 : Blues Power / Night Stomp
Stax 0034 : Drowning On Dry Land Pt. I / Pt. II
Stax 0047 : Tupelo Pt. I / Tupelo Pt. II
Stax 0048 : Water / Opus De Soul (with Pop Staples & Steve Cropper)
Stax 0058 : Cockroach / Wrapped Up In Love Again
Stax 0069 : Can't See What You're Doing To Me / Cold Sweat
Stax 0101 : Everybody Want To Go To Heaven / Lovejoy, Ill.
Stax 0121 : Angel Of Mercy / Funky London
Stax 0135 : I'll Play The Blues For You Pt. I / Pt. II
Stax 0147 : Breakin' Up Somebody's Home / Little Brother
Stax 0166 : Playing On Me / High Cost Of Loving
Stax 0189 : That's What The Blues Is All About / I Wanna Get Funky
Stax 0217 : Flat Tire / I Can't Hear Nothing But The Blues
Stax 0228 : Crosscut Saw / Don't Burn Down The Bridge
Stax 0234 : Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' / Don't Burn Down The Bridge
Stax 0245 : I'm Doing Fine / Ain't It Beautiful
Stax 3203 : The Pinch Paid Off Pt. I / Pt. II
Stax 3225 : Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' / Don't Burn Down The Bridge
Albums
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN - Stax 723 : Born Under A Bad Sign ; Crosscut Saw ; Kansas City ; Oh, Pretty Woman ; Down Don't Bother Me ; The Hunter ; I Almost Lost My Mind ; Personal Manager ; Laundromat Blues ; As The Years Go Passing By ; The Very Thought Of You. (reissued on CD)
LIVE WIRE BLUES POWER - Stax 2003 : Watermelon Man/Blues Power/Night Stomp//Blues At Sunrise/Please Love Me/Look Out. (reissued on CD)
SOUL EXPLOSION - Stax 2-2007 (part) : Cold Feet/Left Hand Woman (Get Right With Me). (reissued on CD)
YEARS GONE BY - Stax 2010 : Wrapped Up In Love Again/You Don't Love Me (Instrumental)/Cockroach/Killing Floor/Lonely Man/If The Washing Don't Get You The Rinsing Will//Drowning On Dry Land/Drowning On Dry Land (Instrumental)/Heart Fixing Business/You Threw Your Love On Me Too Strong/Sky Is Crying. (reissued on CD)
KING DOES THE KING'S THING - Stax 2015 : Hound Dog/That's All Right/All Shook Up/Jailhouse Rock/Heartbreak Hotel//Don't Be Cruel/One Night/Blue Suede Shoes/Love Me Tender. (reissued on CD)
JAMMED TOGETHER - Stax 2020 (with Pops Staples & Steve Cropper) : What'd I Say/Tupelo/Opus De Soul/Baby What You Want Me To Do//Big Bird/Homer's Theme/Trashy Dog/Don't Turn Your Heater Down/Water/Knock On Wood. (reissued on CD)
LOVEJOY - Stax 2040 : Honky Tonk Woman/Bay Area Blues/Corrina Corrina/She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride/For The Love Of A Woman//Lovejoy, Ill./Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven/Going Back To Luka/Like A Road Leading Home. (reissued on CD)
I'LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU - Stax 3009 : I'll Play The Blues For You, Parts 1 & 2/Little Brother/Breaking Up Somebody's Home/High Cost Of Loving//I'll Be Doggone/Answer To The Laundromat Blues/Don't Burn Down The Bridge (Cause You Might Wanna Come Back)/Angel Of Mercy. (reissued on CD)
WATTSTAX - THE LIVING WORLD - Stax 2-3010 (part) : Killing Floor/I'll Play The Blues For You)/Angel Of Mercy. (reissued on CD)
I WANNA GET FUNKY - Stax 5505 : I Wanna Get Funky/Playing On Me/Walking The Back Streets And Crying/'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone//Flat Tire/I Can't Hear Nothing But The Blues/Travelin' Man/Cross Cut Saw/That's What The Blues Is All About. (reissued on CD)

Blues at Sunrise - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8546-2 : Don't Burn Down the Bridge ('Cause You Might Wanna Come Back Across), I Believe To My Soul, For The Love Of A Woman, Blues At Sunrise, I'll Play The Blues For You, Little Brother (Make a Way), Roadhouse Blues. (reissued on CD)

Wednesday Night in San Francisco (Live at the Fillmore) - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8556-2 : Watermelon Man, Why You So Mean To Me, I Get Evil, Got To Be Some Changes Made, Personal Manager, Born Under A Bad Sign, Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong. (reissued on CD)

Thursday Night in San Francisco (Live at the Fillmore) - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8557-2 : San-ho-zay; You Upset Me, Baby; Call It Stormy Monday, Everyday I Have The Blues, Drifting Blues, I've Made Nights By Myself, Crosscut Saw, I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town, Ooh-ee Baby. (reissued on CD)

I'm in a Phone Booth, Baby - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8560-2 : Phone Booth, Dust My Broom, The Sky Is Crying; Brother, Go Ahead and Take Her; Your Bread Ain't Done, Firing Line, The Game Goes On, Truck Load of Lovin', You Gotta Sacrifice. (reissued on CD)

The PINCH / Blues Don't Change - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8570-2 : The Blues Don't Change, I'm Doing Fine, Nice To Be Nice (Ain't That Nice); Oh, Pretty Woman; King of Kings, Feel The Need; Firing Line (I Don't Play With Your Woman, You Don't Play With Mine); The Pinch Paid Off (Parts 1 & 2), I Can't Stand The Rain, Ain't It Beautiful. (reissued on CD)

Crosscut Saw: Albert King in San Francisco - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8571-2 : Honey Bee, Ask Me No Questions, I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town, They Made The Queen Welcome, Floodin' In California, I Found Love In The Food Stamp Line, Match Box Blues, plus CD bonus tracks Crosscut Saw, Why You So Mean To Me? (reissued on CD)

Blues at Sunset (Live at Wattstax and Montreux) - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8581-2 : WATTSTAX: Match Box Blues, Got To Be Some Changes Made, I'll Play The Blues For You, Killing Floor, Angel Of Mercy. MONTREUX: Match Box Blues, Watermelon Man, Breaking Up Somebody's Home, Call It Stormy Monday.

Funky London - Fantasy/Stax SCD-8586-2 : Cold Sweat, Can't You See What You're Doing To Me, Funky London, Lonesome, Bad Luck, Sweet Fingers, Finger On The Trigger, Drivin' Wheel, Lovingest Woman In Town. (reissued on CD)

Hard Bargain - Stax SCD-8594-2 : Overall Junction, Funk-Shun, You Sure Drive A Hard Bargain, You're Gonna Need Me, As The Years Go Passing By (alternate), Drownin' On Dry Land (alternate), Heart Fixing Business (alternate), The Sky Is Crying (alternate), I Get Evil, Shake 'Em Down, I Believe To My Soul, Got To Be Some Changes Made, Albert's Groove #2. (reissued on CD)
MONTREUX FESTIVAL - Stax 5520 (with Chico Hamilton & Little Milton) : Don’t Make No Sense/Call It Stormy Monday/For The Love Of A Woman. (reissued on CD)
YEARS GONE BY PLUS (Ace 045) : Wrapped Up In Love Again ; Shimmy Shimmy Walk ; Cockrotasyach ; Killing Floor ; Lonely Man ; If The Washing Don't Get You, The Rinsing Will ; (I Think I'm) Drowning On Dry Land ; (I Think I'm) Drowning On Dry Land (instrumental) ; Heart Fixing Business ; You Threw Your Love On Me Too Strong ; The Sky Is Crying ; Can't You See What You're Doing To Me ; Cold Sweat ; As The Years Go Passing By (alt.) ; (I Think I'm) Drowning On Dry Land (alt.) ; Don't You Lie To Me ; Shake 'Em Down ; I Believe To My Soul ; Heart Fixing Business (alt.) ; The Sky Is Crying (alt.) ; You're Treating Me Mean. (reissued on CD)
ACE VARIOUS - Ace 042 : Don't You Lie To Me. Ace 074 : Crosscut Saw (alt.). Ace 102 : The Hunter (alt.).

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