Freddie King, Getting Ready (1971)
I started going through the YouTube recently for some great Freddie King clips. Such a great live performer was Freddie. I first started listening to him when I was 13-14-15; obsessed as I was with all things blues and rock guitar. Every time I found a new-ish player (SRV for example) I’d go back to their sources; trace out the antecedents. But Freddie was always hard to find on tape or LP or CD – back in the early 1990s, back in Hawke’s Bay. He’d pop up on compilations with B.B. King and Albert King usually under some “Three Kings Of The Blues” kinda theme. I’ve since found plenty of B.B. and Albert on vinyl but it was a chance pop-in to Real Groovy in Auckland very recently where I grabbed this gem. This album smokes. Freddie kills it. As was Freddie’s way. I love his vocals as much as his guitar. He’s just a guy wrestling that axe in to submission. But there’s some serious skill too. He cared – always – about a big, full sound. And he had stonking bands. I like that too. So we were up in Auckland for the B.B. King concert (see here) and thought on the off-chance we might get to meet B.B. and so we were buying some B.B. King albums that he might sign. Should we get the chance. (Which we did not). Anyway, I thought it’d be cool to tell B.B. King that I’d like him to sign this Freddie King album – since it’s a better record. I doubt – given where B.B. was at, at 85 – he would have noticed. He would have signed it. And still had one and half eyes on whatever ladies were around. But how bad-ass is that pic of Freddie King on the cover, with that cig in his mouth, holding that thing: “what? You wan’ me to play this thing, boy? Sure, I’ll play this thing”.
Sample Track: Going Down
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