Sunday, 30 August 2009

Albert King “I Wanna Get Funky”

Albert King

I Wanna Get Funky
( LP Stax Records, 1974)
Catalog # Stax 5505

1. I Wanna Get Funky
2. Playing On Me
3. Walking The Back Streets And Crying
4. ‘Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone
5. Flat Tire
6. I Can’t Hear Nothing But The Blues
7. Travelin’ Man
8. Crosscut Saw
9. That’s What The Blues Is All About

Personnel & Credits:
The Bar-Kays Rhythm
William Brown Engineer
Henry Bush Arranger, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Phil DeLancie Remixing
(Ex) Cat Heads Rhythm
Ron Gorden Creative Director
Maldwin Hamlin Photography
The Isaac Hayes Movement
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited Vocals (bckgr)
Robert Jackson Engineer
Allen Jones Arranger, Producer
Donald Kenzie Guitar
Albert King Guitar, Vocals
Davis Fried Krieger Art Direction
The Memphis Horns Horn
Memphis Symphony Orchestra Strings
Larry Shaw Creative Director
Lester Snell Arranger
Dale Warren Arranger
Daryl Williams Engineer

Worthy follow up is another Memphis soul blues gem with Albert at the peak of his powers. The shuffle-bumping “That’s What The Blues Is All About” reached #15 on the R & B charts. “I Can’t Hear Nothing But The Blues” is as great as the title suggests. He tackles Sir Mack Rice’s “Playing On Me” and Eddie Floyd’s “”Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone” and even updates his hit “Crosscut Saw” replete with a new rhythm. Interestingly about halfway into the jam he coaxes the band to do it like they did it back in the 60s for a couple measures. “Travellin’ Man” is a King original. His “Walking The Back Streets And Crying” rivals Little Milton Campbell’s. His last undeniably great studio album.

By Celo

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