Born Under A Bad Sign review by Albert King

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1967
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign
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Sound — 10
Alongside Carlos Santana, Albert King probably has the most recognisable guitar sound in modern music and this in this album he gives a total masterclass in raw and raunchy blues guitaring. Backed up by the in-house Stax band which includes personnel such as Issac Hayes this album is a winner from the start.

Lyrics — 8
Good. It`s as simple as that. These songs were not a format for the expression of political radicalisation or racial reform, but about a man who wanted to get his rocks off. Honest clean fun.

Overall Impression — 10
The album is a classic but it is not timeless. To the untrained ear listening on sub-standard equipment this could be a meagre collection of forgotten ditties. However, the appreciative listener will recognise the awesome tone, untouchable feel, and sheer clout of a man at the very top of game and indeed the blues ladder. If you`ve never heard this album then do yourself a favour and check it out.

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