Albert King – Blues Power Fillmore
Albert King. So, some serious magic happens on one particular night at the Fillmore East on September 23, 1970. One of the “three kings” performs a concert that to some, is life changing. Not only is he a major influence on most of the top blues musicians performing today but also, he’s one of the kings that helped pave the path of the modern blues guitar music. From This video, you can hear that unique tone he’s creating. In addition to his raw talent, he had a habit of tuning his strings down 3 frets. From an E down to C# which is how he gets those crazy bends.
Graham and company record the performance which later becomes “Live Wire/Blues Power. The album influences the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as to other figures in blues and rock including Robbie Robertson of The Band and Gary Moore of Skid Row and Thin Lizzy.
In 1966, Albert King scores a record deal with the legendary label Stax Records after moving to Memphis, Tennessee. The Stax records were recorded with the famous Booker T. & the MG’s backing band. This infuses his music with a soulful sound that helps pave the way for his crossover success. King soon score his biggest hit with the blues classic “Born Under a Bad Sign”, written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell.
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