Guitar Man: An Essential Collection

Albert King

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Guitar Man: An Essential Collection Review

by Nate Cavalieri

A veritable electric blues legend, any Albert King record presents equal parts of heartache and euphoria, melancholy and exuberance. These combinations make up the essence of the American blues tradition, and over the course of his life, Albert King solidified a place in that tradition alongside the likes of blues guitar greats B.B. King and Freddie King. Listening to the leadoff "Cadillac Assembly Line" from Guitar Man: An Essential Collection, it is immediately apparent that Albert King's legacy is characterized by the unique ability to meld his tasteful electric guitar licks with the roots of contemporary funk and R&B. When the record ends with the funk-infused "I Got the Blues," Albert King has clearly separated himself from the pack of electric blues heroes with innovative twists on standard blues formulas and a soulful strut that will be impossible to reproduce.

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