Freddie King

King of the Blues

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King of the Blues Review

by Richie Unterberger

Double-CD compilation that includes all three of the albums King recorded for Leon Russell's Shelter label in the early 1970s, as well as some other cuts (half a dozen of which were previously unissued) recorded around the same period. King's vocal and guitar-playing skills remained intact when he joined Shelter, but these recordings aren't among his best. That's partially because he was playing with rock-oriented sidemen, and partially because the material--divided between covers of blues standards, contemporary rock and soul items, and songs written by Leon Russell--wasn't especially exciting or sympathetic. Most crucial was the near-total absence of material from the pen of King himself. Although this set isn't bad, when you want to turn to classic King, you'll go elsewhere, particularly to the sides he recorded for the King label in the '60s.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Freddie King 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
2 Freddie King 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
3 Freddie King 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
4 Freddie King 04:20 SpotifyAmazon
5 Freddie King 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
6 Freddie King 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
7 Freddie King 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
8 Freddie King 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
9 Freddie King 04:09 SpotifyAmazon
10 Freddie King 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
11 Freddie King 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
12 Freddie King 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 Freddie King 03:57
14 Freddie King 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
15 Freddie King 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
16 Freddie King 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
17 Freddie King 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
18 Freddie King 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
19 Freddie King 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
20 Freddie King 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
21 Freddie King 04:40 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Freddie King 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
2 Freddie King 04:47 SpotifyAmazon
3 Freddie King 04:31 SpotifyAmazon
4 Freddie King 03:44 SpotifyAmazon
5 Freddie King 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
6 Freddie King 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
7 Freddie King 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
8 Freddie King 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
9 Freddie King 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
10 Freddie King 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
11 Freddie King 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
12 Freddie King 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
13 Freddie King 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
14 Freddie King 05:02 SpotifyAmazon
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Freddie King 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
16 Freddie King 05:29 SpotifyAmazon
17 Freddie King 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
18 Freddie King 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
19 Freddie King 06:50 SpotifyAmazon
20 Freddie King 04:47 SpotifyAmazon
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