Albert Collins: Cold Snap

Audio Samples

>Cash Talkin' (The Workingman's Blues)
>Bending Like a Willow Tree
>Good Fool Is Hard to Find, A
>Lights Are on But Nobody's Home
>I Ain't Drunk
>Hooked on You
>Too Many Dirty Dishes
>Snatchin' It Back
>Fake I.D.

Track List

>Cash Talkin' (The Workingman's Blues)
>Bending Like a Willow Tree
>Good Fool Is Hard to Find, A
>Lights Are on But Nobody's Home
>I Ain't Drunk
>Hooked on You
>Too Many Dirty Dishes
>Snatchin' It Back
>Fake I.D.

Album Reviews:

Living Blues (9-10/95, pp.90-91) - "...Combining brilliant guitar work and funky horn-led arrangements with catchy, witty lyrics, COLD SNAP ranks with the best of Collins' work for [Alligator Records]..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Albert Collins (vocals, guitar); Mel Brown (guitar); Crispin Cioe (alto & baritone saxophones); Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone); Hollywood Paul Litteral (trumpet); Bob Funk (trombone); Jimmy McGriff (organ); Allen Batts (keyboards); Johnny B. Gayden (bass); Morris Jennings (drums, percussion).

Producers: Albert Collins, Bruce Iglauer, Dick Shurman.

Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, Illinios. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer.

Personnel: Albert Collins (guitar, vocals); Mel Brown (guitar); Crispin Cioe (alto & baritone saxophones); Arno Hecht (tenor saxophone); Hollywood Paul Litteral (trumpet); Bob Funk (trombone); Jimmy McGriff (organ); Allen Batts (keyboards); Johnny B. Gayden (bass); Morris Jennings (drums, percussion).

Producers: Albert Collins, Bruce Iglauer, Dick Shurman.

Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer.

This could be the best of Albert Collins' albums on Alligator. By the time Collins began making records for Pointblank, the funk side of his identity had begun to take over, but on COLD SNAP all the elements are balanced just right. Unlike some blues records, this one isn't held back by unimaginative material, and the killer band pulls particularly inspired performances from Albert, on both vocals and guitar. Icebreakers bassist Johnny B. Gayden and drummer Morris Jennings lay down a solid and varied set of grooves, and the Uptown Horns lend the arrangements shape and color, framing Collins' hip, humorous, dead-on vocals and razor-sharp solos.

"Lights Are On But Nobody's Home" is the inexorable, smokin', slow blues cut; "A Good Fool" and "I Ain't Drunk," the good-time shuffles; "Cash Talkin'" reprises the wry money woes of an earlier tune, "Mastercharge," and "Too Many Dirty Dishes," the album's other slow blues, features a classic Collins story interlude complete with sound effects wrung from the guitarist's straightforward Telecaster rig. Jazz master Jimmy McGriff sits in on Hammond organ and Mel Brown holds down the rhythm guitar slot.



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