This is the second in a three CD series of early 1960s Freddy King material. The first volume (which I've also reviewed on Amazon with a 5 star rating)is the best of the three but this one is of a similar high quality to Volume 1.
For those not familiar with Freddy King, he was one of the best blues guitarists and vocalists of his day. He was a major influence on the British and American blues players of the 1960s; Eric Clapton, Peter Green and John Mayall did several Freddy King covers in the mid-1960s and Johnny Winter still features a Freddy King number, Sen-Sa-Shun, in his live show.
This album features several Freddy King instrumentals tracks as well as a number of tracks with King on vocals (King was a really good vocalist as well as a first rate guitar player). Most are straight up blues numbers but there are some tracks on which King's label was obviously trying to get him recording material to capitalize on the dance craze of the early 1960s in which songs had their own dances to go with them. Do The President Twist is clearly a take off on Chebby Checker's "Peppermint Twist" and the Bossa Nova Watusi Twist appears to have been intended as a dance number like the Watusi, The Swim and several other dance songs from that era.
Freddy King seems to be overlooked these days, which is unfortunate since he was one of the great blues players of his day. Players like Eric Clapton, who makes no secret of the fact that he borrowed heavily from Freddy King, and Johnny Winter, who still includes Freddy King instrumentals is his stage act, are far better known today than King is. But the fact remains that Freddy King was one of the great blues guitar players and any blues fan would find this album a worthwhile addition to their collection.