Albert King was the man

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  1. yucatown

    yucatown Gold Supporting Member

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    I've never considered myself a blues fan. Heck, I've never taken the time to learn fancy turnarounds or blues inversions. My style of playing is simply not all that based on the blues. However, I've been listening to Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King, and this has to be one of the greatest vocal and guitar performances ever put on record. This album has soul. SRV's playing seems to have been enormously influenced by Albert King. Hail to the King!
     
  2. It's Time!

    It's Time! Senior Member

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    Albert King is my main man.

    Blues is the best music America has to offer :BluesBros
     
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    Yup, I was just groovin' to some Albert this afternoon. It's a blues master class every time.
     
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    yucatown Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd never heard of your effects, but I tip my hat to you sir. That Fat Bastard sounds beautiful.
     
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    King could write a whole volume with just four notes and suck the air out of a room with one deep bend. The best electric bluesman to ever walk the face of the planet.
     
  7. Drifting

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    My favorite of the three kings.

    His string bends will destroy you.
     
  8. KBR

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    I did A tribute to him on Pull The Strings, and just about every time I play, He is MY MAN...

    with Albert Collins and BB tied for2nd
     
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    The timbre of his voice makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. ( and my back )
    One of the masters for sure.
     
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    The first 25 seconds of "Answer To The Laundromat Blues" from the I'll Play The Blues For You album remains my benchmark for just plain nasty guitar playing.
     
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    There is no was when it comes to Albert.
     
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    Clapton too. On that same record, there's a tune called 'Ain't There Nothing I Can Do'; the opening vocal line is the famous lick Eric used for 'Layla', except half the speed. Sounds so much more soulful slower.

    So many kids play 'V's because of the head-banger thing, but every time I pick up my korina RI, I think of Albert
     
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    0i actually saw him in concert when i lived in Houston in the early 1980's-great musician and performer;he did smoke his pipe during the concert and had alot of audience interaction
     
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    I remember hearing Cold Feet which was released as a Stax single in the late 60's and it made me weak at the knees. Funkiest, dirtiest blues/funk I have ever heard! I read an interview with Gary Moore who said the same thing.
     
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    Nobody could bend them strings like Albert King. He had a way of playing 'in between' the notes...

    -KD
     
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    uhh, yeah, maybe a little! I'm amazed he was never indicted for Grand Theft Guitar Style.

    Clapton's solo on strangebrew (Cream) is note for note Albert King.

    My fav A.K. solo is on Personal Manager.
     
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    Albert King Rules!
     
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    Sometime around 1992 it was a Saturday evening and I was on the way over to pick my girlfriend up over at her house when I turned on WYEP that Saturday evening. As I was driving over they started to play the softest, smoothest, funkiest tune I ever heard. The sound of horns hanging low in the mix caught my ear and then I heard a voice...a powerful, soulful, almost gruff voice and then the sounds of the slickest, greasiest, tingliest guitar tone, licks and bends that I've ever heard.

    As I pulled up in front of her house I shut off the engine and then sat in the car for almost 10 minutes listening to the entire piece and the waited an additional 2 minutes of banter for the DJ to tell me at the end of the song who I just heard for this magical sheet of sound I was just exposed to just changed my musical life forever.

    It was Albert King and the song was "I'll Play the Blues for You" (both parts 1 and 2)...

    :phones
     
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    Thank you!
     

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