lunes, 11 de octubre de 2010

DVD - Albert King - Live In Sweden

Live in Sweden
June 9,1980

Live in Sweden is a wonderful document of a Blues legend in fine, later day form. Though relatively short (only 58 minutes, including interview footage), this showcase to old-fashioned musicianship features the other "King" (B.B., being the premier weeping guitar god) in a musical microcosm of his entire career. Able to belt out the slow burn ballads with heart wrenching aplomb and always applying his suave onstage persona to please his audience like a good time snake charmer, King leads his band of expert players through a succinct set of stellar songs.
Each performance is earmarked by wonderfully poignant and affecting solo work from both King and the members of his band. The playing is tight and tempered by mood, atmosphere, and lyrical suggestion. There do seem to be moments where King is struggling, both with technical and physical issues. Still ever the showman, this performance platform offers indications of his prodigy (like the incredible "Sky" and blazing "Cadillac") as well as invention (the souped-up "Summertime" works well as an instrumental). Only 57 at the time of this taping (June 9, 1980), King would live another 12 years and tour the world several times over before dying in 1992. But he often visually suggests a sense of ill health, finding it difficult to focus on the feeling in the music and mired in internal issues.

• Born Under a Bad Sign
• The Sky is Crying
• The Very Thought of You
• Cadillac Assembly Line
• Summertime
• Cold Women with Warm Hearts
• As the Years Go Passing By

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