Wednesday, June 26, 2013

live wire / blues power

Albert King captured lightning in a bottle with the steamy performances of this triumphant tour de force.  Born (under a bad sign)  Albert Nelson  in Indianola, MS, and raised in Forrest City, AR; as a child he taught himself to play by building a guitar out of a cigar box.  He started out playing in gospel groups until he was exposed to the blues; he adopted the surname King after hearing a single by B.B. King.  He migrated from Arkansas to St. Louis where he began recording for Bobbin Records.  The left-handed guitarist played a regular right-handed guitar upside down, a Gibson Flying V, which he named Lucy, in homage to B.B. King's Lucille.   He recorded one session for King Records and then cut four songs for independent label Coun-Tree, before signing with Stax Records in 1966. He recorded a number of singles with the house band Booker T. & the MG's which were compiled onto his classic Stax debut 'Born Under a Bad Sign' which exposed him to a more diverse audience.  'Live Wire/Blues Power' was recorded live at the Fillmore West in San Francisco  with Albert King on electric guitar and vocals; Willie James Exon on guitar; James Washington on organ; Roosevelt Pointer on bass; and Theotis Morgan on drums.

"Watermelon Man" (Herbie Hancock) – 4:04

"Blues Power" (King) – 10:18

"Night Stomp" (Raymond Jackson, King) – 5:49

"Blues At Sunrise" (King) – 8:44

"Please Love Me" (B.B. King, Jules Taub) – 4:01
"Look Out" (King) – 5:20

'Live Wire/Blues Power' 
full album:

01 - Watermelon Man 00:00
02 - Blues Power 04:03
03 - Night Stomp 14:20
04 - Blues At Sunrise 20:09
05 - Please Love Me 28:53
06 - Look Out 32:51

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