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Talkin' Blues (Live)

Albert King

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Album Review

Talkin Blues contains a previously unreleased live date by Albert King recorded in Chicago on February 10, 1978. Released in cooperation with the Albert King Trust, this disc features seven live tracks, including King's signature tunes "I'll Play the Blues for You," "Born Under a Bad Sign," and "Blues at Sunrise." King's unique soulful guitar playing is in fine form here and the arrangements are punched up by the addition of a full horn section. Throughout the 50-minute disc, snippets of dialogue with King pop up, concluding with a full five-minute interview.


Born: 25 April 1923 in Indianola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Albert King is truly a "King of the Blues," although he doesn't hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar music would not sound as it does — his style has influenced both black and white blues players from Otis Rush and Robert Cray to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's important to note that while almost all modern blues guitarists seldom...
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