Exactly why legendary blues guitarists Albert King, B.B. King and Freddie King never got together to make a blues-themed Christmas album called We Three Kings is one of the great mysteries of the universe. I figure it would've been an obvious move.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of the Stax Remasters edition of Albert King's classic Born Under a Bad Sign album. This new deluxe version of the album, which originally was released in 1967, will be released April 2 by Stax Records, a unit of Concord Music Group. It features several bonus tracks, including an untitled instrumental and alternate takes of "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Crosscut Saw," "The Hunter" and "Personal Manager."
On April 2, Stax Records, a unit of Concord Music Group, will release the deluxe edition of one of Albert King's most revered albums — 1967's Born Under a Bad Sign. The album will feature bonus tracks and updated liner notes by music historian Bill Dahl.
Albert King's classic 1972 album, I’ll Play the Blues for You, will be released May 22 as part of Concord Music's Stax Remasters series. The album has undergone 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino and features four previously unreleased bonus tracks, plus new liner notes by music journalist and roots music historian Bill Dahl.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock albums. As we wrote last year in our 1971 story, "even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."