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Albert King: Live in Sweden (Blues Legends)

Albert King    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Limited, but Essesntial Feb. 27 2004
Format:DVD
Well it is absolutely about darn time a DVD was released dealing exclusively with the single greatest and most influential Blues guitarist of all time. This DVD certainly has its limitations. It was filmed in 1980 and the wonders of technology haven't done much to improve the audio or visual quality. It is also disappointingly skimpy. Just fifty-eight minutes and that includes pieces of an interview. When I saw the track listing, I was thrilled to see "Summertime". I could hear King's haunting guitar on the standard, and my mouth began to water. Unfortunately, Albert sat this one out, and it is just his band doing a nice, but predictable Jazz version.
Imperfections aside, if you know Albert King's work, you are invariably a fan, and so this DVD is an essential buy. There's plenty of good camera work showing King's giant paws working the frets and choking the you know what out of Lucy, the Gibson Flying V guitar that Albert calls, "My honey". We hear his signature tune "Born Under a Bad Sign" (I still haven't heard a version that wasn't just a little better than decent without King's Stax Records compadres Booker T. & the MGs backing him up) and the standard "The Very Thought of You", which shows that the deep voiced Blues giant was also one heck of a soulful singer, and that though Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn could almost match his power, they never came close to his tastefulness and touch.
King definitely provides great highlights, not only with his playing, but with his always perfectly timed "Woooooooos!" and "Yeahhhhs!". Those moments are great examples of Albert King style Blues. Orgasmic bursts of joy that could instantly cure the bluest man's blues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Look At The Blues Guitar Innovator! Feb. 21 2004
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Well I have been an Albert King fan since he released "King Of The Blues Guitar" when I was in college. Any material about him has always been of interest to me, for one thing, it is so scarce!! This DVD is in the new Blues Legends series and after seeing the excellent Freddie King release last year (even though the last set taped in Sweden had been released before) I had to see Albert in action again.

Note for overseas customers: Most of the music DVDs sold buy Amazon which have a disclaimer re: Region 1; "This DVD will not probably not play outside the US", is not true. All my DVD's play perfectly in Australia (Region 4). They are obviously Region 0! You can also get an all region player!
This set was taped in Sweden in June, 1980 and it has a younger (around 56-who knows his real age!)Albert performing with a seven piece band including a horn section (which is his best work!). He is playing his custom Flying-V "Lucy" with a normal Gibson headstock (eg., 335)and interestingly, no pick-up covers! The sound is fat and seems like the tone he achieved in the early 1980s when he started using his custom phaser (for the uninitiated: an effect that came out in the 1970s-post wah-wah (Hendrix). The sound is great but may be too much for the casual listener. It is much like his tone on the CD "Blues At Sunrise". The set he plays includes a great intro- very aggressive and great bending with his custom riffs. He then goes into "Born Under A Bad Sign" his signature tune from 1966's album of the same name. Then they put on a curious interview, why??? Why wasn't this at the end??? As a bonus? The DVD then continues with his old version (pre: "I'm In A Phone Booth" LP)of "The Sky Is Crying". It is great and even has the mixed up introduction as he always did even on records too-"and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALBERT'S FANS: DONT MISS THIS TREASURE !!! March 4 2004
Format:DVD
I CALL MYSELF ONE OF THE MOST CRAZIEST ALBERT KING FAN WORLDWIDE.
AS A COLLECTOR AND ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE ALBERT KING TRIBUTE BAND IN ARGENTINA , THE FACT TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET THIS NEW DVD IS A MIRACLE.
NOT JUST ABOUT THE QUALITY, WICH IS GREATE IN IMAGE AND SOUND.
IT'S A REAL TREASURE TO HEAR ALBERT SO CLOSE IN THE INTERVIEW, UNGRY WITH THA BAND IN SOME MISTAKES ON STAGE, AND SINGING "THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU" BETTER THAN OTHERS VHS TAKEN.
TO TRUE ALBERT'S FANS: DONT MISS THIS CHANCE, TO MEET A DIFERENT ALBERT THAT WE NEVER SAW IN OTHERS FILMS.
LONG LIVE ALBERT KING
GUS
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Format:DVD
I love Albert King and I got this DVD the moment I've seen it.
I'm a bit disappointed thought.
Sound quality is not very good, especially in the first songs.
This is not one of his good performances.
If you like Albert King you'll enjoy some of his solos and his
amazing voice.
To me, his best performance is the unpublished "In Session" with
Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not his best Feb. 20 2004
Format:DVD
the picture quality is better than the sound quality, when i first heard this was coming out i couldn't wait to see it, i was somewhat dissipointed, his vocals were good a few good solos the ohne filter dvd (his last recorded live show)about 6 months before he passed away was way better by far as is in session.
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