Freddie King, 1934-1976 (1977)
Man I love Freddie King. He was a great player, singer, showman – there’s so much soul and energy in his music; I feel a lot of joy listening to his music; he conveyed so much emotion through his playing. If you’re not already familiar with him – and really, you should be (and I say that only as a wish, a hope, not to be any kind of snob) – please head to YouTube where there are some stunning performances, some kick-ass tracks. He knew how to do it. And there’s some great footage. I check out a few Freddie clips most weeks. I have some albums – I used to have a few appearances by him on tape, I had a couple of CDs, I’ve got some vinyl – I wrote about this one already, for example. But just recently I picked up this compilation, it was released to celebrate his life, to commemorate him. He was only 42 when he died. But what a legacy. What a hero. He inspired and influenced so many guitarists – but as much as you hear his sound and feel in so many other players no one ever quite got Freddie’s sound and playing the way Freddie did. Some days he’s my favourite guitarist. Just for the attitude, the soul, the groove, that little wiggle. It’d probably get called ‘swag’ today.
Sample Track: Sweet Home Chicago
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