Band members Related acts
- Chuck Blackwell
- Jim Gordon -- drums
- Al Jackson Jr.
(RIP) -- drums
- Michael O'Neill
- Don Preston --
guitar, backing vocals
- none known
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: Getting Ready ...
Catalog: SW 6906
Country/State: Gilmor, Texas
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG
Comments: minor ring and edge wear
GEMM catalog ID: 5
Ready ..." track listing:
Guitarist Freddie King rode to fame in the
early '60s with a spate of catchy instrumentals which became instant
bandstand fodder for fellow bluesmen and white rock bands alike. Employing a
more down-home (thumb and finger picks) approach to the B.B.
King single-string style of playing, King enjoyed success on a variety
of different record labels. Furthermore, he was one of the first bluesmen to
employ a racially integrated group on-stage behind him. Influenced by Eddie
Rogers, and Robert
Jr. Lockwood, King went on to influence the likes of Eric
Ray Vaughan, and Lonnie
Mack, among many others.
The first of King's three albums for Leon Russell's Shelter label set the tone for his work for the company: competent electric blues with a prominent rock/soul influence. King sings and plays well, but neither the sidemen nor the material challenge him to scale significant heights. Part of the problem is that Freddie himself wrote none of the songs, which are divided between Chicago blues standards and material supplied by Leon Russell and Don Nix. The entire album is included on the compilation King of the Blues.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Texas Cannonball
Catalog: SW 8913
Grade (cover/record): VG/VG
GEMM catalog ID: 4420
As the owner of quite a few Freddie King LPs, I'll readily admit that he never really made a great impression on me. A gifted, but rather pedestrian bluesman ... On the other hand, having spotted this album at a yard sale, I'll admit that the thought of King teaming up with Leon Russell sounded promising.
1972's "Texas Cannonball" was King's sophomore release for Leon Russell's Shelter Records. Produced by Russell and backed by an all-star cast of sessions players (see the listing above), the album offered up a surprisingly mainstream collection of rock-oriented material. Probably more out of habit than anything, 'Reconsider Baby' and 'Can't Trust Your Neighbor' provided the requisite blues moves. Elsewhere, exemplified by material such as 'Big Legged Woman', a nice cover of Bill Wither's 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Me and My Guitar' King came off as a surprisingly accomplished rocker. He's got a great voice (I think he was about 60 when he recorded this set) and the man could play guitar - check out his moves on the blazing 'I'd Rather Be Blind'. The only real disappointments are a misguided bluesy reinterpretation of CCR's 'Lodi' (entitled 'Lowdown in Lodi') and the absence of any King originals.
Cannonball" track listing:
in Lodi (John Fogerty) - 3:06
Trust Your Neighbor (Isaac Hayes - David Porter) - 4:00
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