Thursday, January 3, 2008

Albert King - 1968 - Live Wire/Blues Power

"King signed with Stax in 1966 and soon began winning over young white listeners. Six songs wrung out onstage two nights at the Fillmore West in June 196~his first headlining shows for San Franciscan longhairs-pack this album dating from the same year. He paces his attack, building levels and levels of excitement, while his sidemen do their best to hide their unfamiliarity with most of the material. His serrate vocals and homey chats are superfluous." ~ Frank John Hadley

"Live Wire/Blues Power is one of Albert King's definitive albums. Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, the guitarist is at the top of his form throughout the record — his solos are intense and piercing. The band is fine, but ultimately it's King's show — he makes Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" dirty and funky and wrings out all the emotion from "Blues at Sunrise."" ~ AMG