Texas blues guitarist Freddie King is too-frequently considered the lesser of the "Three Kings," the better-known and regarded B.B. and Albert usually the first-named when considering great blues fretslingers. You and I know better, however, as Freddie's melodic licks and unique finger-picked guitar style were a major influence on a generation of British blues-rockers like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jeff Beck and others. A dynamic live performer, Freddie became known as "The Texas Cannonball," his early 1960s albums establishing his blues bona fides, his 1970s-era albums for Shelter Records cementing his reputation among blues-rock fans.
Sadly, King's back catalog is in serious disarray, with a handful of titles available from Friday Music, and many other albums simply out-of-print. Even odder, no collection has featured the essential, groundbreaking, and influential singles King recorded for the King and Federal labels during his 1960s heyday...until now. On February 26th, 2013 Real Gone Music will release The Complete King Federal Singles, a collection of all 54 of the guitarist's original sides stretched across two CDs and providing listeners with a whopping 155 minutes of fiery guitar blues. Along with King's big hits like "Hideaway," "I'm Tore Down," and "San-Ho-Zay!" the set also includes fine performances like "Lonesome Whistle Blues," "Texas Oil," and "What About Love," among many others.
The Complete King Federal Singles also includes a slew of rare photos, digital re-mastering, and in-depth liner notes from blues historian and King expert Bill Dahl, a fine writer with a lot of insight. All together, this is a set that any fan of blues guitar is going to want to add to their collection.
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