e premte, 21 shtator 2007

Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)
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Genre: Blues

Born Under a Bad Sign dates back to a time when albums were collections of singles, and when singles, designed for radio and jukebox play, seldom ran more than three and a half minutes. That limitation meant that artists had to make an impact quickly and firmly. In blues, the tendency of songs to go on a bit had to be curbed to produce performances with punch and point. There are few better examples of this process in action than Albert King's 1960s tracks like "Crosscut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign," and his story of hot whispers during the hot-wash cycle, "Laundromat Blues." With his thick voice and no-nonsense guitar, King brought absolute blues credibility to the well-made commercial single, and even tracks that were recorded purely for the album, like the aching slow blues "As the Years Go Passing By," became classics. Reissued with the original funky cover art, Born Under a Bad Sign is one of the foundation stones of a blues collection. --Tony Russell

The giant left-handed guitarist was no stranger to the recording studio by 1966, but Albert King had still to make his mark with the record-buying public. When he linked up with the cream of Stax's Memphis musicians, including Booker T. And The MGs and the Memphis Horns, that connection was made. "Laundromat Blues", "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Crosscut Saw" setthe scene for "Born Under A Bad Sign" and "The Hunter", which quickly found their way into the repertoires of Cream and Free. The convolutions of his guitar style were perfectly complemented by the trademark Stax funk rhythms. The team went on to make many more singles and albums, none of which could surpass the achievements of their first meeting.

Albert King (vocals, guitar); Joe Arnold (horns); Isaac Hayes (piano).

Booker T. & The MG's: Booker T. Jones (piano); Steve Cropper (guitar); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).

The Memphis Horns: Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love (horns).

Recorded at Stax Recording Studio, Memphis, Tennessee between March 1966 and June 1967.


01. Born Under A Bad Sign
02. Crosscut Saw
03. Kansas City
04. Oh Pretty Woman
05. Down Don't Bother Me
06. Hunter
07. When I Lost My Baby I Almost Lost My Mind
08. Personal Manager
09. Laundromat Blues
10. As The Years Go Passing By
11. Very Thought Of You
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