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ALBERT KING
The Ultimate Collection.
This two CD collection covers more than 30 years in the career of one of the greatest Blues soloists in history. No one has every played with more finesse than Albert King -- he bent guitar strings that reach out to touch your very soul. Albert's Flying V (Lucy) sings to you with the passion and pure soul that only a true master can pull from their instrument. ANY player can benefit from listening to the phrasing of Albert King's licks, the way he makes each note say so much!

The common thread among the greatest guitarists is the ability to rise above the crowd, so you can recognize them (instantly). Albert King has always been a great example of this. Listen for yourself, you'll hear it. This collection contains many of King's classic tunes: "Crosscut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign," "The Hunter," "As the Years Go Passing By," "Blues Power," "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" and "I'll Play the Blues for You." Stevie Ray Vaughn idolized Albert King (he became SRVs mentor, and later, his godfather).

We lost Albert a few years ago. The Blues can't keep losing such great performers. Luckily, we have the music.

posted: November 2004.

 

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