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  Fantasy -
  Albert King: Iíll Play the Blues for You
  "Iíll Play the Blues for You"

Albert King
with the Bar-Kays, the Movement, the Memphis Horns
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Review by analogue March 9, 2009 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I really enjoy this sacd from start to finish every single time I take it out for a listen. It's like a breath of fresh air because of it's warmth. It's bluesy, soulful and actually a little humourous. Albert King could really play and his voice was something to be felt and heard. This album is not very heavy in the blues department. As I said there is also some humour to be had. It's mostly a laid back listen but certain tracks are powerful because of King's playing and the emotion he conjures up.

The back up musicians I believe are from the Stax studio so the sound is really warm and vibrant. On this sacd both King's voice, his great guitar playing with all it;s squeals and crying notes can be heard in excellent sound. The high notes are rendered very nicely too.So to can you easilly groove to the back up instruments as well. It's easy to relax and groove to this sacd with or without headphones.

This is a very good recording and this sacd is an audio treat. But you have to like either this album or the blues in general to really appreciate the life blood of this album.

Great job from Fantasy and highly recommended.

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Review by Ritmoman77 June 7, 2011 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Great sounding sacd, one of the best blues sacds I've heard. The mix is clean, good stereo separation with the bass on one side, bass drum on the other, other rhythm and horns panned out from center, with King's guitar and vocal in the middle. The guitar is bitingly, searingly clear, almost stinging your ears! No unintended distortion could I hear. Solid performances throughout. "Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home" is my favorite. I wish Fantasy had done more reissues of Stax recordings. My system consists of Meadowlark Osprey speakers, Audioromy FU 13 set amp, Esoteric SA-60 player, with a Promitheus passive turned all the way up, now being used as a input switch.

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Review by Ricoflashback August 7, 2013
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Excellent recording - great backup vocals, horn section and overall mixing. You can't miss Albert's twang guitar and vocal style. Some real classic cuts - "Little Brother" and "Answer to the Laundromat Blues."

OK - not exactly politically correct but when Albert starts weaving a story during a song, it's magic. I'm not sure what piano is being used in the mix - (Wurlizter - Fender Rhodes?) on the right channel during "Laundromat Blues," but it's incredible. Sounds like the same piano from Ray Charles, "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand."

A very clean remastering with superb vocals and back up artists contributing to the Albert King sound. A true legend and this SACD hits the mark.

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