Sunday, August 17, 2008

Albert King - Let's Have a Natural Ball (Modern Blues, 1989)

This is a collection of singles King cut in the late 50's, well before his rise to soul-blues legendhood with the Stax label. On this disc, he plays some stinging guitar led electric blues and sings in a deep, strong voice. Tight, economical guitar playing and punchy horn riffs over rippling piano over solid bass and drums are the order of the day here. A couple of killer instrumental sides "Dyna Flow" and "This Morning" feature King's great guitar chops, while "Don't Throw Your Love On Me" and "Goin' to California" are great simmering mid-tempo blues, while "I Get Evil" and the swift, swinging title track are the standouts amongst the cookers. This is a great disc of classic electric blues.

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