Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Albert King: I'll Play The Blues For You

Tasty Licks Tuesday brings to life the left handed Gibson Flying V guitar of Albert King. Today’s song, “I’ll Play the Blues for You” is the title cut from the 1972 album of the same name. The song was released as a Part 1 / Part 2 single and peaked at #31 on the R&B chart.

Backing up King is a rhythm section consisting of the Bar-Kays and The Movement, Isaac Hayes band. The horns are provided by The Memphis Horns. It’s kind of fitting that all of these Stax/Volt musicians are being used as this LP was released on Stax Records. I am kind of partial to Ronnie Gordon’s organ on this tune.

Albert King metal cutout at Willie Dixon's Blues Garden/Chess Records.
This is strange as King only cut one LP with Chess and that was in 1990.

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