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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 06:46 AM
This small article is in the latest issue of Rolling Stone:

Eric Clapton's Guitar Hero

Of the three kings of blues guitar, Freddie King, even more than B.B. and Albert, was the triggerman for Britian's guitar-hero explosion in the sixties, sparking Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor among others, with his muscular-treble tone, cutting leads and snappy writing. The proof, TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS 1956-1973 (Bear Family), seven CDs packed with King's urban-grit classics for the Federal and King labels. That includes the 1961 instrumental smash "Hideaway" - the record that "started me on my path", Clapton said in 1985 - and King's original R&B hit versions of British guitar-slinger staples such as "The Stumble", "I'm Tore Down" and "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" (the last covered by Clapton with Derek and the Dominos). The box also has King's later meaty LPs produced by Leon Russell (with King's signature take on the hard-blues standard "Going Down") and King Curtis. Freddie died too early, in 1976 at age 42, but not before leaving the robust down-home guitar heroism that fills this box.


The ABB played Hideaway quite a bit in the mid- to late 90s with Dickey playing some killer lead. Ironically I ordered this a few weeks ago and am waiting (somewhat patiently) for it to arrive. It wasn't cheap, almost $200 plus $35 to ship. Bear Family is in Germany so the website is somewhat difficult to manage. Can't wait for this to arrive!

 
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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 07:57 AM
I bet that is some great music. I love Freddie King. I really got into him first before Albert and BB. I had a BB album but when I heard Freddie do Woman Across the River it was great. Still remember seeing him open for Marhall Tucker in the early 70's. He tore it up. He and Toy played together at the end. Unreal. Later I got into Hideaway and others. He is still one of my favs.

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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 08:49 AM
I put on some Traffic Light Blues from Freddie's Funk Blues Shuffle.

 

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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 08:57 AM
When I receive it, I'll post a review.

I've seen B.B. several times and Albert once but was just a kid when Freddie passed away.

 
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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 09:04 AM
"I got to tell you, poker's his thing "


 

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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 10:14 AM
LOVE Freddy King. Saw him live once in a local club before I even really knew his music much and he rocked the roof off of the joint and had this girl's jaw dropping. Became a fanforlife that night.

This sounds like a great set, Lee.

[Edited on 2/20/2010 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 2/20/2010 at 10:51 AM
I've been wanting to get that box set. Kitty has it. Luv Freddie.

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 10:29 AM
I have a Freddie King/Willie Dixon concert poster which adorns me office wall from when I saw them 2/19/73. Always felt so fortunate to have seen Freddie and Willie (several times).

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 10:46 AM
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When I receive it, I'll post a review.

I've seen B.B. several times and Albert once but was just a kid when Freddie passed away.


Lee - I have this boxed set (got it for myself for Christmas) - and I paid $152.45 ($169.39 minus my 10% discount) plus shipping from Barnes & Noble. I haven't listened to all of the cd's yet, because I have to be alone with it to truly appreciate it. I don't want people talking during it, etc.

http://books.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=Freddie+King+-+Taki ng+Care+of+Business&box=Freddie%20King%20-%20Taking%20Care%20of%20Busin ess&pos=2


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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 11:34 AM
Saw Freddie King open for Leon Russell @ the Orlando Sports Stadium in 1971. Didn't know much about Freddie King at that time but he really tore it up. Probably one of my first exposures to a real blues guitarist. Leon put on a hell of a show as well. The Sports Stadium was a real dump but was the only venue around at that time. During 1970 thru 1972 saw Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, Rare Earth, Neil Young, Its a Beautiful Day, Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, Livingston Taylor, Johnathan Edwards, Linda Ronstat, and a lot of Championship Wrastlin' there. What a time.
 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 11:37 AM
Freddie's awesome!! Got my eye on that box set, too.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 11:48 AM
The quote from Dickey is that Freddie King taught how to play the guitar like a man... a 300lb man...

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 11:51 AM
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The quote from Dickey is that Freddie King taught how to play the guitar like a man... a 300lb man...


Yep - that is correct.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 12:19 PM
Freddie is/has always been my fav. of the "Kings"...

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 03:09 PM
There's also a recording, albeit an audience source, of Freddie joining EC on stage in June '74 at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey. They absolutely tear up an approximate 15 minute in length "Have You Ever Loved A Woman?"

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 06:21 PM
thanks for the heads up on this one. i've got all of freddie's later stuff but his federal/king sides are a nightmare to try and get without getting totally frustrated. this one's at the top of my to get list.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 06:22 PM
"He (Freddie) taught me just about everything I needed to know... when and when not to make a stand... when and when not to show your hand... and most important of all... how to make love to a guitar." _Eric Clapton
 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 10:29 PM
Freddie is great as are all '3' Kings. I prefer Albert. My friend and trombone player, Dunny Gilyard from my old band, was in Freddie's band. Toured the world back in the day.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2010 at 10:44 PM
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Freddie opened for Grand Funk Railroad during the 1972 tour and the show from 12/23/72 was a feature for In Concert. The benefit show for the Pheonix House is out there on DVD in some circles, Freddie has 2 songs on the DVD, The tour with Freddie was also good writing fodder hence the line.... "Up all night with Freddie King, I got to tell ya, poker is his thing..... We're an American band", A Great under rated guitarist nominee is Mark Farner.


I've got that 12/23/72 DVD. Half way through Freddie shows up as a special guest of Grand Funk and plays Ain't No Sunshine Anymore and then his instrumental boogie. Took me by total surprise when I initially watched it. Had no idea Freddie was on it.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2010 at 12:18 AM
I saw Freddie King open for Z Z Top around 1973. I'm glad I got to see him that once before he passed. I love his playing.

The bass guitar I bought in New Orleans was formerly owned by Freddie's brother and the bass player in his band, Benny Turner. He is bass player and band leader for Marva Wright these days.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2010 at 11:03 AM
FREDDIE KING ! Got To Love Her With a Feeling, Tore Down, Have you ever loved a woman !! HELL YEAH !
 
 


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