Despite miscues, live set still a winner
This import from Austria's Wolf Records features a 1983 live set in Long Beach, Calif.
It's an interesting band playing behind King: drums, organ, piano and trumpet. Not your everyday blues combo.
As with most Wolf releases, this is a dearth of information. Where in Long Beach was this recorded? Who knows, it's not in the liner booklet.
There is also a questionable cut included. While there are nine songs on the CD, coming in at right about 45 minutes total, the first song is only the band no Albert King. And that's more than 7 minutes long, or about one-sixth of the total CD. It's a good band and a nice performance, but you're paying to hear Albert King, not a backing band.
But the recording quality is outstanding, especially for a "live" set. If you want to check out King in that setting, you'll enjoy this album. His guitar playing and singing are in top form, he's backed by a solid band, and there's a good selection of material not usually associated with King covers of "The Sky is Crying," "I'll Play the Blues for You" and "Kansas City," among others.
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