Monday, December 26, 2011

Albert King - Live Wire Blues Power

This 1968 release was King's first ever live recording from a gig at the Filmore West, featuring a group of session musicians who none-the-less manage to cook behind the King. Not quite the MG's that backed many of Albert's Stax recordings, but they hide their unfamiliarity with the material and keep a solid backing.

King is the main man, of course, and his wild string-bending solo work is as great as ever - this man was a huge influence on Eric Clapton and you can see why from his playing here. The tunes are his stock soul/blues numbers and his singing and slinging certainly rocked the Fillmore.

I haven't found any faults with any of Albert's releases and this is no exception - yet another fine blues album from one of the best of the 60's.