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Freddie King: Getting Ready...

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (7/8/71, p.44) - "...Be the first kid on your block to have Freddie King tear the roof off your home, and buy GETTIN' READY..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Freddie King (vocals, electric guitar); Leon Russell (guitar, piano); Don Preston (guitar); Jon Gallie (organ); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Charles Blackwell, Charles Myers (drums); Claudia Lennear, Kathi McDonald, Don Preston, Joey Cooper (background vocals).

Reissue producer: Tom Cartwright.

Recorded at Chess Studios, Chicago, Illinois in October 1970. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.

Although a Texas boy, King came to musical maturity on Chicago's West Side, along with Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy. During the early 60s, he made a groundbreaking series of records, vocal and instrumental - "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" and "Hideaway" later became standards during the British blues boom. In 1966, he made a couple of lacklustre records before signing with Leon Russell's Shelter label. Russell had a deep appreciation of King's music and knew how to combine traditional material with contemporary arrangements. It showed that Freddie's talents were still intact on a set of standard blues that included "Dust My Broom", and "Key To The Highway". The diamond however is "Going Down", with the world's greatest descending riff.


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