Texas Flyer: 1974-1976

Freddie King

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Texas Flyer: 1974-1976 Review

by Thom Jurek

The final volume in Bear Family's excellent Freddie King retrospective covering his final years is the one with the most surprises. Over the course of five CDs, the producers of this box have included all of RSO studio recordings and the funky soul-blues of King's Polydor album, Burglar, which Eric Clapton fans covet so much because he was listed as a second guitarist. Burglar was produced by Mike Vernon (with Tom Dowd producing a track) and another studio band that included bassist Carl Radle. Several of the album's outtakes and a studio version of Jimmy Rogers' "That's All Right" see release here for the first time. The second disc kicks off with the live Larger Than Life album. What's remarkable is that instead of the fade out on "Have You Ever Loved a Woman," the rest of the track and concert performance is provided as well. The other discs are all live. Sound quality ranges from very good to excellent; none of this stuff is bootleg material (it would be beneath Bear Family's exacting standards). The final cut on disc five is another previously hidden gem taken from a gig where Clapton sings "Further on Up the Road." The liner essay by Bill Dahl is not only informative, it's authoritative. The hardbound book includes loads of photos and a completely detailed sessionography.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Freddie King 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
2 Freddie King 04:09 SpotifyAmazon
3 Freddie King 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
4 Freddie King 03:49 SpotifyAmazon
5 Freddie King 03:46 SpotifyAmazon
6 Freddie King 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
7 Freddie King 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
8 Freddie King 04:59 SpotifyAmazon
9 Freddie King 03:34 SpotifyAmazon
10 Freddie King 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
11 Freddie King 03:47 SpotifyAmazon
12 Freddie King 04:28 SpotifyAmazon
13 Freddie King 04:29 SpotifyAmazon
14 Freddie King 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
15 Freddie King 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
16 Freddie King 08:47 SpotifyAmazon
17 Freddie King 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
18 Freddie King 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
19 Freddie King 04:27 SpotifyAmazon
20 Freddie King 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
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