lunes, 6 de junio de 2011

CD - Albert Collins - The Cool Sound of........


CD - ALBERT COLLINS
THE COOL SOUND OF....



A collection of single sides, all self-composed and nearly all instrumentals, recorded in Houston. Generally the instrumentation is guitar-bass-drums, with light touches of horns and organ, leaving maximum space for Collins to wail. His tone and technique seem completely developed, with the stinging vibrato, quivering high notes and effortless fluidity that would remain his hallmark. But instead of falling back on free-form solos over unvarying blues progressions, Collins crafts great hooks and honest-to-goodness verse/chorus/bridge structures - the brilliant "Thaw Out" impressed Jimi Hendrix so much he appropriated the tune, renaming it "Driving South." The vocal "Dyin' Flu" is just as good, and even the "Bag's Groove" theft ("Don't Lose Your Cool") is fun. The single format does constrain him a bit, though, with no tracks running longer than three minutes; also, the surf-rock experiment "Icy Blue" was ill-advised, and the backing can be too timid ("Tremble").

Personal

Bill Johnson - Bass
Herbert Henderson - Drums
Frank Mitchell - Trumpet
Hendry Hayes - Alto Sax
Big Tiny - Tenor Sax
Walter McNeil - Organ


Tracks
1-FROSTY
2-HOT ´N´ COLD
3-FROST BITE
4-TREMBLE
5-THAW OUT
6-DYIN´ FLU
7-DON´T LOSE YOUR COOL
8-BACKSTROKE
9-COOL AIDE
10-SHIVER AND SHAKE
11-ICY BLUE
12-SNOW CONE PT. 1
13-SNOW CONE PT. 2
14-DEFROST
15-I DON´T KNOW
16-COOKIN´ CATFISH
17-TAKIN´ MY TIME
18-FREEZE
19-SOUL ROAD
20-HOMESICK
21-SIPPIN´ SODA
22-ALBERT´S ALLEY
23-COLLIN´S SHUFFLE





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