« Eyewitness: Thumbs Carllile | Main | JazzSnap: Woody Herman ('48) »

April 20, 2011

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00e008dca1f08834014e61105604970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Albert King on Stax:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Dave James

I'm not sure that the place to get to know Albert King is by means of his studio recordings. If you know what King is capable of in a live context, I think you'll find the studio material a bit confining. If you're interested in listening to a brilliant blues guitarist ply his trade and at the same time enjoy how he relates to a receptive audience, I'd highly recommend Live Wire/Blues Power, a set Stax recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 1968. It's not cluttered up by horns, just Albert and a small combo fronted by a Hammond B-3. The blues doesn't get much better than this.

Ray

Great Albert,Great Flying V!

Tom Reney

Your post on Albert King reminded me of my first enounter with his music. A boyhood acquaintance joined a record club when we were in junior high school and his initial membership agreement netted him about 10 LP's, one of which was Albert's first Stax release Born Under a Bad Sign. He may have ordered it by mistake to begin with, but in any case he didn't dig it, and he offered it to me with this memorable assumption: "I think this is the kind of music you like."

It was indeed. B.B. King and Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield were already on my turntable, and then came Albert with a sound that connected even more deeply to the soul music that I'd been digging since James Brown and Otis Redding came blasting through the local AM stations of my youth.
Albert may have been hemmed in a bit by the Stax production style, but those mid-Sixties sides are stunning gems of their own kind and were hugely influential on the course of modern blues.

Later I discovered Albert's earlier work for King and Bobbin, and the eight sides he made for Chess that appeared on the LP Door to Door. There you'll find Albert's masterful take on the Howlin' Wolf classic, Howlin' for My Darlin'.

The comments to this entry are closed.

About

  • Marc Myers writes frequently on music and the arts for the Wall Street Journal. He is author of "Why Jazz Happened" (University of California Press). JazzWax has been named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Blog of the Year."
Marc Myers Mug (resized)

Contact me

Jazz Book!

  • Click cover to order

Search JazzWax


  • JazzWax
    Web

Subscribe for Free

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

JazzWax Interviewed



WSJ Articles

JazzWax Interviews

Audio Note

  • Audio clips that appear below JazzWax posts support editorial content that links readers directly to Amazon and other third-party music retailers.

Marc Myers on Video









JATP Programs