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Born Under A Bad Sign

Albert King Audio CD
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1. Born Under A Bad Sign
2. Crosscut Saw
3. Kansas City
4. Oh, Pretty Woman
5. Down Don't Bother Me
6. The Hunter
7. I Almost Lost My Mind
8. Personal Manager
9. Laundromat Blues
10. As The Years Go Passing By
11. The Very Thought Of You

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Born Under a Bad Sign dates back to a time when albums were collections of singles, and when singles, designed for radio and jukebox play, seldom ran more than three and a half minutes. That limitation meant that artists had to make an impact quickly and firmly. In blues, the tendency of songs to go on a bit had to be curbed to produce performances with punch and point. There are few better examples of this process in action than Albert King's 1960s tracks like "Crosscut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign," and his story of hot whispers during the hot-wash cycle, "Laundromat Blues." With his thick voice and no-nonsense guitar, King brought absolute blues credibility to the well-made commercial single, and even tracks that were recorded purely for the album, like the aching slow blues "As the Years Go Passing By," became classics. Reissued with the original funky cover art, Born Under a Bad Sign is one of the foundation stones of a blues collection. --Tony Russell

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One of the best Blues Albums of all times.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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... and under a half moon on the decline: This is one amazing blues album, doubtlessly one of the greatest ever recorded, and one of the most influential records in all of music history. Because in 1966-67, when Albert King got together on a total of no more than five days with the legendary Booker T. Jones and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, and a recording team of the likewise legendary Stax records to produce this album, the blues was quietly on its way out; in danger of being sidelined by psychedelia and the rock music revolution started by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. That this did not happen is due, not least, to Albert King and "Born Under a Bad Sign."
Already seasoned musician when the album was recorded, Mississippi-born and Arkansas-raised Albert (Nelson) King was a man who perfectly understood to employ minimal construction to maximum effect; to fully exploit even the most basic elements of a blues tune and use his exquisite sense of timing, and subtleness on the one hand and emphasis on the other, rather than dazzling the listener by a frenzied race all over the fretboard. ("He can take four notes and write a volume," renowned guitarist Mike Bloomfield once said about him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Remastered Aug. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
As mentioned by other reviews, all the tracks on this album are found on the compilation KING OF THE BLUES GUITAR. However, this package is the original track order, album cover and has remastered sound. Every track on this disc is a gem. Albert's smokey vocals & stinging guitar are backed by the great Stax Records house band, made up mostly of Booker T & The MGs!. Several cuts have become blues standards, such as "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Crosscut Saw", & "Oh Pretty Woman". Any fan of guitar blues should have this album in their collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely restoration July 16 2002
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Arguably the best sixties blues album now in terrific sound. It lacks a couple songs included on 'King of the Blues', but blues fans will want to hear the richer sound on this disc. Every track's a winner.
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This record, is just hit after hit, of absolute first class blues, later imitated by other greats such as Stevie Ray.
If you like the blues, dare I say you prob. already own it.
Otherwise, buy buy buy!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ranked #499 By Rolling Stone April 22 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
This is a solid blues album by a man named Albert King and this album dates back to 1967 he also has a cover of Kansas City this album has good instrumentation and good singing.
Lyrics 9/10 Production 10/10 Music 9/10 Style 6/10 Voice 7/10
Overall 41/50 This album is a solid 4 star release
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT April 17 2004
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I purchased this album on Friday the thirteenth after hearing a few of Albert King's tracks, knowing that I would not be dissapointed.
This album starts off with the great songs: "Born Under A Bad Sign," an anthem to those with bad luck and then continues to give one blues classic after another.
Anybody reading this review probably already knows about Albert King's adept guitar playing and there is really no need to say that much more about it, but I will. In my opinion he is the best of the three kings (Albert, Freddy, and BB). His guitar is very mixed, sometimes he delivers the little riff in between each line and other times he goes all out and plays really fast and powerful solos, other times he is just committed to creating a melody. He did everything that a great guitar player needed to do on this album and surely it will not dissapoint any fan of the blues.
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There are perhaps 4 or 5 classic blues albums that all blues fans should own and this is one of them. The album contains definitive versions of many classic blues tracks, such as Born Under a Bad Sign, Crosscut Saw, 'Oh, Pretty Woman', the Hunter (popularized by the rock band Free). ... The sound and tones captured here are excellent (so many recordings loose something when transferred to CD) and Albert's playing show taste and restraint but also fire. Something magic happened when Albert King & Booker T and the MGs (including Steve Cropper)got together.
Most of the tracks have been covered many times over by blues stars including the likes of Eric Clapton, Gary Moore and SRV.
There were a couple of excellent tracks that were new to me (Laundromat Blues and Personal Manager). That said, there are two tracks that seemed dated and which I do not care for: "I almost lost my mind" and "The very though of you" (the liner describes them as "uptown"), but there is more than enough A1+ quality blues here to make that a total non-issue. Quite simply sublime.
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This is a super album, which sounds wonderful through headphones. It contains all first rate songs -- most are now blues standards ... and this is the definitive/original version of most of them. This is a "must buy" for any blues fan. Guitarists will recognise many of the songs and licks, which have been used by almost all modern blues players, including Gary Moore, SRV, Free and Eric Clapton among others.
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