Παρασκευή, 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2010

Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

"Born Under A Bad Sign" is a blues album by Albert King. The album became one of the most popular and influential blues albums of all time and has been acknowledged by the "Grammy Hall Of Fame', the "Blues Foundation Hall Of Fame", and "Rolling Stone" magazine.

The album was first released in 1967. In 1998 "Sundazed Records" reissued the album with two additional bonus tracks, "Funk-Shun" and "Overall Junction", both written by Albert King.

It was the first album by Albert King for "Stax Records" and his second album overall. It is composed of singles released by King recorded between March 1966 and June 1967, with additional studio tracks. It was the great divide of modern blues, the point at which the music was rescued from slipping into derivative obscurity. Part of the album's success has been attributed to Booker T. and the MGs who gave his blues a sleek, soulful sound which gave King crossover appeal. Four of the album's songs became modern blues classics: "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Oh Pretty Woman", "The Hunter", and "Crosscut Saw". Together with "Personal Manager" and "Laundromat Blues", they formed the very foundation of Albert King's musical identity and legacy.

Albert King's guitar work on the album directly influenced legions of guitar players! It was really a profoundly influential album, not only in blues, but also in rock. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan have acknowledged King's influence; indeed, some of their guitar solos are close approximations to those found on "Born Under A Bad Sign".

Track Listing

Side A: 1. Born Under A Bad Sign (2:47), 2. Crosscut Saw (2:35), 3. Kansas City (2:33), 4. Oh, Pretty Woman (2:48), 5. Down, Don't Bother Me (2:10), 6. The Hunter (2:45). Side B: 1. I Almost Lost My Mind (3:30), 2. Personal Manager (4:31), 3. Laundromat Blues (3:21), 4. As The Years Go Passing By (3:48), 5. The Very Thought Of You (3:46)

Personnel

Albert King: lead guitar and vocals, Steve Cropper: rhythm guitar, Booker T. Jones: organ - piano, Isaac Hayes: piano, Donald "Duck" Dunn: bass guitar, Al Jackson Junior: drums, Wayne Jackson: trumpet, Andrew Love: tenor saxophone, Joe Arnold: baritone sax, flute...

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