Album Remarks & Appraisals:
I do like the audio mix better. The "Crosscut Saw" alternate also sounds a bit brighter, especially the horns. Yet another alternate, "The Hunter" is definitely grittier and more righteous; Duck Dunn's bass roars at you and Albert's snarls are more apparent, I clearly like this version better than the original. Dunn's bass pounces, the horns kick, Booker tickles the ivories. The magic touch and enhanced sounds unearthed by the re-mastering whiz Joe Tarantino, the two sets of liner notes, and the five bonus tracks, I say get yourself this new Stax Remasters edition and enjoy.
Personnel includes: Albert King (vocals, guitar); Joe Arnold (horns); Isaac Hayes (piano).
Booker T. & The MG's: Booker T. Jones (piano); Steve Cropper (guitar); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
The Memphis Horns: Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love (horns).
Recorded at Stax Recording Studio, Memphis, Tennessee between March 1966 and June 1967.
Personnel: Albert King (vocals, guitar); Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper (guitar); Joe Arnold, Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson (horns); Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones (piano); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
The giant left-handed guitarist was no stranger to the recording studio by 1966, but Albert King had still to make his mark with the record-buying public. When he linked up with the cream of Stax's Memphis musicians, including Booker T. And The MGs and the Memphis Horns, that connection was made. "Laundromat Blues", "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Crosscut Saw" set the scene for "Born Under A Bad Sign" and "The Hunter", which quickly found their way into the repertoires of Cream and Free. The convolutions of his guitar style were perfectly complemented by the trademark Stax funk rhythms. The team went on to make many more singles and albums, none of which could surpass the achievements of their first meeting.
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