Albert King made some great albums, not least his numerous live offerings which often combined superb instrumental prowess and strong track lists, but his third LP, "Born Under A Bad Sign", is by far the greatest thing he ever made.
If you pick up one of King's compilation albums, you'll most likely find that half of the songs come from this one record.
"Born Under A Bad Sign" boasts an incredibly strong track list, and forms the basis for Albert King's entire legacy:
"Born Under A Bad Sign", "Crosscut Saw", "Oh Pretty Woman", "Down Don't Bother Me", "The Hunter", "Laundromat Blues" and "As The Years Go Passing By" are all classics, and this record reads like a virtual greatest hits-compilation.
It's the perfect place to start appreciating Albert King's legacy, and once you pick up this CD, and a couple of King's best live albums (like the underrated "Albert King Live - Charly Blues Masterworks vol. 18"), you'll be set.
The only real alternative is Rhino's "The Ultimate Collection", which has every song off "Bad Sign" but one, as well as several other career highlights.