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Truckin' with Albert Collins
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Album: Truckin' with Albert Collins
# Song Title   Time
1)    Frosty
2)    Hot 'N Cold
3)    Frostbite
4)    Tremble
5)    Thaw Out
6)    Dyin' Flu
7)    Don't Lose Your Cool
8)    Backstroke
9)    Kool-Aide
10)    Shiver and Shake
11)    Icy Blue
12)    Snow-Cone II
 

Album: Truckin' with Albert Collins
# Song Title   Time
1)    Frosty
2)    Hot 'N Cold
3)    Frostbite
4)    Tremble
5)    Thaw Out
6)    Dyin' Flu
7)    Don't Lose Your Cool
8)    Backstroke
9)    Kool-Aide
10)    Shiver and Shake
11)    Icy Blue
12)    Snow-Cone II
 
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  • Personnel: Albert Collins (vocals, guitar); Henry Hayes (alto saxophone); Big Tiny (tenor saxophone); Frank Mitchell (trumpet); Walter McNeil (organ); Bill Johnson (bass); Herbert Henderson (drums).
  • Principally recorded in Houston, Texas from 1962 to 1963. Originally released in 1965 as "THE COOL SOUND OF ALBERT COLLINS" (TCF-8002). Includes original release liner notes by Pete Welding.
  • TRUCKIN' WITH ALBERT COLLINS is a replica of the 1969 Blue Thumb reissue (BT-8).
  • Composer: Albert Collins.
  • Personnel: Albert Collins (vocals, guitar); Henry Hayes (alto saxophone); Big Tiny (tenor saxophone); Frank Mitchell (trumpet); Walter McNeil (organ); Herbert Henderson (drums).
  • Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.
  • Recording information: Houston, TX (1962-1963).
  • A re-titled reissue of the 1965 album THE COOL SOUND OF ALBERT COLLINS, this set of early sessions shows the style of this blues-guitar behemoth already clearly defined. Collins plays in minor tuning and plucks the strings aggressively with his right hand, giving his playing--even at this stage--an utterly distinctive sound. The set list features Collins's original, groove-inflected instrumentals (he turns in one vocal performance on "Dyin' Flu"), with tenor sax, alto sax, and trumpet adding punchy lines and jazzy solos over comping from a tight bass-drums-and-organ rhythm section.
  • The centerpiece here, naturally, is Collins's guitar work. His sharp, carefully crafted leads are impressive throughout--he uses space to excellent effect, and he values interplay with the rhythm section over standard flashy showboating. TRUCKIN' contains many of Collins's best-known tunes, including "Frostbite" and "Frosty." (Reputedly, both Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin--teenagers at the time--were present in the studio when Collins cut "Frosty." Joplin predicted the song would be a hit. She was right--it sold millions, and became one of Collins's signature songs). For essential early offerings from this blues master, TRUCKIN' WITH ALBERT COLLINS is at the top of the list.
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