Sunday, April 22, 2018

Freddie King - Taking Care Of Business ~ 1956-1973 (2009)


Rhythm & Blues | Mp3 320 kbps | 7 CD | 1,24 Gb

Of the three blues Kings, Freddie is overlooked, never achieving the superstar status of B.B. and lacking the bad mother mojo of Albert, but he was every bit as crucial to blues and rock & roll as either, building upon B.B.'s piercing single lines and playing with the fury of Albert, creating a style that forever changed guitar in the 20th century. Eric Clapton, in particular, built upon Freddie's gut-busting guitar, adopting "Hide Away" as his early showcase with John Mayall, and other players who blurred the lines between rock and blues were forever indebted to Freddie, who himself smashed the barriers between the two styles almost from the beginning. This is clear from the beginning of Taking Care of Business: 1956-1973, Bear Family's monumental seven-disc testament to King's greatness. More than most artists, King was crying out for the kind of extensive, exhaustive treatment given by Bear Family: Freddie hopped from label to label, seemingly switching his name every time he appeared on a new imprint, and large chunks of his catalog never appeared on CD. Taking Care of Business rectifies that situation, gathering every studio session he recorded with the exception of his final stint at RSO in the mid-'70s. RSO's absence isn't felt because everything else he cut is here: his early, ignored single for Chicago-based EL Bee with Robert Jr. Lockwood on guitar; his sessions for Federal and King where he established his powerhouse signature instrumental style on "Hide Away," "Butterscotch," and "San-Ho-Zay," cut such passionate vocals as "Have You Ever Loved" and "I'm Tore Down," then later dipped his toe into such trends as the twist, bossa nova, and surf rock; his late-'60s sessions for Cotillion, where he got funkier than any other blues guitarist (a transition showcased on a heavily reworked "Hide Away"), and sang some deep soul; his Leon Russell-shepherded, rock & roll-tinged comeback on Shelter records in the early '70s, where he was playing for hippies and singing CCR and Spencer Davis Group. King often revisited his signature tunes, cutting them every time he changed labels, but each time the arrangements shifted, signaling how Freddie was always moving forward, finding new settings for his muscular voice and guitar. Surely, some of the detours he took weren't as successful as others -- his "Do the President Twist" immediately pops to mind -- but as Taking Care of Business winds towards its conclusion, what impresses is the variety, how King shifted with the times without chasing trends, how he stayed uniquely himself throughout it all, always a larger-than-life force whose power sustained no matter the setting, and remains thrilling all these years later.



CD 1, 1. Country Boy (2:30), 2. That's What You Think (2:35), 3. You Know That You Love Me (2:19), 4. See See Baby (2:17), 5. You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling (3:14), 6. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (3:06), 7. Hide Away (2:37), 8. I Love The Woman (2:48), 9. Lonesome Whistle Blues (2:48), 10. If You Believe (In What You Do) (2:58), 11. It's Too Bad (Things Are Going So Tough) (3:06), 12. I'm Tore Down (2:37), 13. Butterscotch (Onion Rings) (3:02), 14. Sen-Sa-Shun (2:52), 15. Side Tracked (3:04), 16. The Stumble (3:12), 17. San-Ho-Zay (2:52), 18. Wash Out (2:35), 19. You Know That You Love Me (Alt) (2:27), 20. See See Baby (Alt) (2:18), 21. You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling (Alt) (3:11), 22. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Alt) (3:20), 23. Butterscotch (Alt 1) (3:05), 24. Butterscotch (Alt 2) (2:39), 25. Wash Out (Alt) (3:03)

CD 2, 1. Just Pickin' (2:31), 2. Head Up (2:30), 3. Chrismas Tears (2:47), 4. Let Me Be(Stay Away From Me) (2:28), 5. Takin' Care Of Business (2:47), 6. You Mean, Mean woman(How Can Your Love Be True) (2:43), 7. I Hear Jingle Bells (2:36), 8. In The Open (2:55), 9. Out Front (2:38), 10. Swooshy (2:16), 11. Closed Door(High Rise) (3:03), 12. Texas Oil (2:25), 13. She Put The Whammy On Me (4:54), 14. I'm On My Way To Atlanta (3:39), 15. Ovea Drive(The Untouchable Glide) (2:48), 16. Driving Sideways (2:48), 17. Sittin' On The Boat Dock (3:05), 18. Come On (3:34), 19. Do The President Twist (2:44), 20. (Let Your Love)Watch Over Me (4:13), 21. You Can't Hide (3:01), 22. It's Easy Child (3:10), 23. Just Pickin' (2:18), 24. Heads Up (2:28), 25. Closed Door(High Rise) (3:01), 26. I'm On My Way To Atlanta (3:40)

CD 3, 1. Your Love Keeps-A-Working On Me (2:56), 2. What About Love (2:26), 3. Bossa Nova Blues (3:50), 4. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist (4:56), 5. Freeway 75 (3:21), 6. Walk Downn That Aside(Honey Chile) (2:16), 7. Someday, After Awhile(You'll Be Sorry) (4:34), 8. You Walked In (2:39), 9. You're Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree (2:43), 10. Is My Baby Mad At Me (2:24), 11. (The Welfare)Turns It's Back On You (2:39), 12. It Hurts To Be In Love (2:35), 13. Look Ma, I'm Cryin (3:11), 14. (i'd Love To)Make Love To You (2:18), 15. One Hundred Years (2:25), 16. Now I've Got A Woman (3:04), 17. Surf Monkey (2:24), 18. If You Have It (2:25), 19. Low Tide(Zoom Surfin) (6:15), 20. Remaington Ride (6:28), 21. Monkey Donkey (2:37), 22. Walk Down That Aside(Honey Chile) (2:20)

CD 4, 1. Meet Me The Staion (2:45), 2. Full Time Love (2:28), 3. King-A-Ling (2:55), 4. I Love You More Every Day (2:54), 5. Teardrops On Your Letter (2:33), 6. Some Other Day, Some Other Time (2:42), 7. She's The One (2:48), 8. She's That Kind (3:08), 9. Man Hole (2:18), 10. Fish Fare (2:25), 11. Funny Bone (2:34), 12. Cloud Saillin' (2:21), 13. The Sad Nite Owl (2:19), 14. Nickel Plated (2:21), 15. Freddy's Midnite Dream (2:22), 16. Girl From Kookamunga (2:36), 17. You've Got Me Licked (2:44), 18. Double Eyed Whammy (2:44), 19. Use What You've Got (3:04), 20. The Mojo (3:04), 21. Play It Cool (3:26), 22. Untitled Instrumental #1 (2:09), 23. Untitled Instrumental #2 (2:28), 24. Untitled Instrumental #3 (2:52), 25. Hide Away (2:28), 26. Funky (2:26), 27. Blue Shadows (3:40), 28. Play It Cool (3:44), 29. That Will Never Do (2:23), 30. It's Too Late, She's Gone (2:22), 31. Sweet Thing (2:26), 32. Get Out Of My Life Woman (3:32)

CD 5, 1. Hot Tomato (2:44), 2. Wide Open (3:02), 3. Let Me Down Easy (3:02), 4. Today I Sing The Blues (3:57), 5. Yonder Wall (3:19), 6. I Wonder Why (3:17), 7. I Don't Know (3:05), 8. My Feeling For The Blues (2:09), 9. The Stumble (3:35), 10. Stormy Monday (4:23), 11. What'd I Say (2:53), 12. Ain't Nobody's Business What We Do (3:38), 13. You Don't Have To Go (2:27), 14. Woke Up This Morning (3:11), 15. The Things I Used To Do (3:48), 16. Same Old Blues (3:58), 17. Dust My Broom (3:10), 18. Worried Life Blues (2:51), 19. Five Long Years (4:22), 20. Key To The Highway (3:25), 21. Going Down (3:21), 22. Living On The Highway (4:15), 23. Walking By Myself (2:49), 24. Tore Down (4:11), 25. Palace Of The King (3:40)

CD 6, 1. Gimme Some Lovin' (4:05), 2. Please Send Me Someone To Love (3:59), 3. That's All Right (4:41), 4. The Same Thing (5:56), 5. Tore Down (Live) (6:38), 6. Dust My Broom (Live) (4:11), 7. Can't Trust Your Neighbor (3:55), 8. You Was Wrong (3:48), 9. How Many More Years (3:26), 10. Ain't No Sunshine (3:17), 11. The Sky Is Crying (3:25), 12. Love Her With A Feeling (5:04), 13. Somebody Got To Go (5:57), 14. Pulpwood (7:12), 15. Hide Away (4:47), 16. Lowdown In Lodi (3:06), 17. Reconsider Baby (4:00)

CD 7, 1. Big Legged Woman (3:58), 2. Me And My Guitar (4:04), 3. I'd Rather Be Blind (3:45), 4. Something You Got (3:02), 5. Ain't No Big Deal On You (3:32), 6. I Just Want To Make Love To You (6:51), 7. It Hurts Me Too (5:30), 8. Boogie Fuck (Guitar Boogie) (3:06), 9. Woman Across The River (2:48), 10. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (4:49), 11. Danger Zone (4:33), 12. Boogie Man (3:44), 13. Leave My Woman Alone (3:32), 14. Just A Little Bit (2:29), 15. Yonder Wall (2:26), 16. Help Me Through The Day (4:29), 17. I'm Ready (3:45), 18. Trouble In Mind (3:41), 19. You Don't Have To Go (2:57), 20. Goin' Down (Live) (4:37)


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