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Michael Strom | Chicago, IL USA | 11/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The late Albert Collins was one of the very best guitarists America ever produced. His idiosyncrasies probably hurt his recording career, because he didn't fit neatly into a marketable category. He incorporated elements of blues, R&B, rock & had a very funky sound. If you ever heard him play, you would recognize his style within 3 notes, a block away. He tuned his Telecaster to a D-minor open chord & always had a capo halfway up the neck. He used his thumbnail instead of a pick, and didn't really pick, strum or pluck -- he attacked the strings in an incredibly percussive way. His style was so unusual that you might overlook the fact that the guy could flat-out play.Unless you saw him live. Albert was a showman, and you couldn't take your eyes off him. He had crazy-looking eyes, a perpetually impish look about him, and he was really, really funny. It's a cliche to talk about a guitarist making it sing, scream or cry. Albert made his guitar swear during his nightly diatribes at his woman. Although there are great tracks on his live efforts, some of the cuts really worked a lot better where you could actually see him. For those who never saw him live, there are three studio CDs that give a good overview of his work. THe 2-CD Complete Imperial Recordings set is a revelation to those who are only familiar with Albert's work after his Alligator releases finally raised his profile in the late 70's. Not yet the pyrotechnic showman, this compilation of 3 60's albums shows a surprising kinship with the solid, fundamental funk of the Meters. At times, he sounds like he was from New Orleans, not Texas. Understated, soulful, classy and as always, cool. Most cuts are the Albert Collins equivalent of lean, powerful Booker T & the MGs instrumental workouts. The 36 songs are good enough to stand on their own, and he didn't try to overpower anyone with his technical prowess.Like a number of unjustly neglected blues acts, Albert got a boost from Alligator Records in the 70's. His breakthrough came with 1978's Ice Pickin.' It features two of the live-wire instrumentals he was famous for ("Ice Pick," "Avalanche") and a generous helping of his world-weary grievances with women, including the classic "Conversation With Collins" (more fun live, but still fun on disc) where his guitar not only spouts obscenities, it takes on the multiple roles of a complaining husband, and a wife both seductive & defiant. Some shuffles, a couple slow burners.In 1991, Albert served up Iceman, practically a straight-up funk revue. If you play it for people who aren't familiar with electric blues, they'll adamantly deny that it is blues at all. Well, it is & it isn't. Albert is backed by the fullest band sound he ever had, with a full 4-man horn section, bass, organ & keyboards (yes, 2 different guys), plenty of rhythm guitarists, a solid rock-steady drummer, and 2 female background singers cooing "Mr. Collins, Mr. Collins!" on the tracks that start & end the CD.All three come highly recommended."
Master of the Telecaster
blender | 03/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a Collins fan, it's hard not to like anything he records. This is not a traditional blues album in the sense that his previous recordings are. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable and entertaining album. Collins' voice is as playful as his picking is, the perfect definition of the phrase, "Ice cool".I would recommend this album only for its diversity and as a reference for someone's blues collection. For those of us who are longtime (or new) Collins fans, having this CD is a must to keep the music going (hope you're getting along with God just fine, Albert)...Peace Out."
Mr. Collins, Mr. Collins are you funk or blues here?
Pete | UK | 07/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I will have to warn blues fans looking for straight-down-the-line electric blues, that as the other reviewers have said, this album jumps back and forth between blues and funk. As always, what has made this album worth buying was the screeching gutar solos which Collins does so well with his tele. On the other hand, if you're looking for Johnny Winter style rock-blues all the way, don't get this album, you may be dissappointed. Still, it is a good addition to any collection."