martes, 6 de julio de 2010

B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King & Earl King - The Four Kings of Blues Guitar (2009)

The Fours Kings of Blues Guitar (2009)

If the music on this little slab wasn't so utterly hot, this would have been merely a novelty record. The Four Kings in the title refer to, of course, B.B. Albert, and Freddie King (the last two were brothers), and the fourth ascendant to the throne, who is perhaps lesser known except by blues aficionados, but is well-known to soul music fans, Earl King -- electric guitar masters all. This two-disc collection assembles between five and six of each artist's best-known cuts, giving the listener a solid introduction to their best material, making this a solid blues primer for those who follow the sounds of modern-day bluesmen like Eric Clapton (influenced deeply by Freddie King, he covered "Hideaway" when he was with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers), Stevie Ray Vaughan (whose worship of Albert King was well-documented -- there is a terrific bootleg of the two playing together), and Jimi Hendrix (who learned some licks firsthand from Earl and covered "Let the Good Times Roll"). As for B.B. King, virtually every Chicago bluesman and every rocker who lays claim to the blues, including the three mentioned above, owe him homage. All versions of these songs are the original recordings, making this a smoking collection to own. This is all-killer, no filler; but what would you expect from Kings?

(Disc 1)

1. B.B. King - Why I Sing The Blues
2. B.B. King - Everyday I Have The Blues

3. B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone

4. B.B. King - Caldonia

5. B.B. King - Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
6. Earl King - Street Parade, Pt 1

7. Earl King - I'm Going To Keep On Trying
8. Earl King - Darling Honey Angel Child (Let The Good Times Roll)
9. Earl King - Trick Bag

10. Earl King - You Make Feel Good

11. Earl King - Those Lonely, Lonely Nights

(Disc 2)

1. Freddie King - Going Down
2. Freddie King - Woman Across The River
3. Freddie King - Mojo Boogie
4. Freddie King - Messin' With The Kid
5. Freddie King - Key To The Highway
6. Albert King - Blues Power
7. Albert King - Blues At Sunrise
8. Albert King - Match Box Blues
9. Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
10. Albert King - Angel Of Mercy

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