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Genres: Blues, Pop
One of the coolest things about the Iceman was his guitar lines; his clean, clear style suggested that it was impossible for him to put a note wrong. Truckin' with Albert Collins, a mostly instrumental collection of record... more »
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One of the coolest things about the Iceman was his guitar lines; his clean, clear style suggested that it was impossible for him to put a note wrong. Truckin' with Albert Collins, a mostly instrumental collection of recordings from the early '60s (originally released as The Cool Sound of Albert Collins in 1965) is an early example of that icy-smooth playing, unhindered by vocals (the one exception is the slow blues "Dyin' Flu"). Take a gander at the titles, for starters: "Frosty," "Frostbite," "Thaw Out," "Don't Lose Your Cool," "Shiver 'N Shake," and more--one senses a trend, here. Many of these songs became signature Collins tunes, including "Sno-Cone" and the aforementioned "Frostbite." The backing band, which includes alto and tenor sax, trumpet, and organ, and includes elements of R&B, jazz, and rock, provides a warm contrast to Collins's guitar, making his guitar work stand out even more. Small wonder that he came to be known as the Master of the Telecaster. --Genevieve Williams
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firstname.lastname@example.org | Western South Dakota | 03/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I went surfing thru Amazon.com and found the heading of 'Blues under $10. Stopped and looked around. There was the name of Albert Collins. I remembered playing some of his music in my days at college radio. And for less than $10.00, how could I go wrong. This has become a must have CD for any blues fan. The switch from analog of the early 60's to the digital CD of now is one of the best. The stye of the music he did almost 40 years ago still holds up. This may not be an album you want to hear everyday, but one to take you back and realize quality is quality whenever the recording was done. I just wish the CD was longer than 33 minutes. But in the world of vinyl..."
Brilliant music from Albert Collins
6 String Guy | 08/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These tunes are all instrumentals (except Dyin' Flu) and were recorded sometime in the early 60's, I believe. This is fantastic music that is just not made anymore. The songs are all short and there is a good variety on the basic instrumental combo. Every track is loaded with riffing horns, grooving organ and Albert's guitar. Think Grant Green with a sharp edge and a shuffle. If you want more, look for the enhanced version on the Blue City label titled The Cool Sound of Albert Collins. This CD expands upon the 12 tracks here and adds 11 more for a total of 23 tracks and there isn't a bad track in the lot. The sound is also great on these recordings. Either one is highly recommended!"