The Concord Music Group does it again, bringing us one of the classic albums from blues guitar legend Albert King. In honor of its 40th anniversary, King’s album “I’ll Play The Blues For You” gets remastered by Joe Tarantino and gets re-released with four bonus songs.
Originally released in 1972, the album only peaked at #140 on the Billboard pop charts, but the impact of the album had a long-lasting affect that does not show up on any charts. This album proved that Albert Kings wasn’t only an amazing blues guitarist, but that he had a brand of funk and soul that he wanted us all to hear.
The original album begins with the seven-plus minute title song that transports you back to the seventies as King lets his guitar do most of the talking. An eight-minute alternate of this song appears as one of the bonus tracks. Either take could have appeared on the final album as you notice how professional King was in the studio. A little bit of soul comes pouring out of King’s performance of the short song “Little Brother,” before his dives back into the blues on “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”
Before getting into the bonus tracks, the album finishes with the non-LP track “Angel of Mercy” that has King peeling off blues licks like he was auditioning to become the next great blues legend. The bonus tracks include alternate takes of “I’ll Play The Blues For You” and “Don’t Burn Down The Bridge,” but the real gems are the unreleased funk of “I Need A Love” and the quick blues instrumental “Albert’s Stomp.”
This album was released on May 22 through the Concord Music Group. For more information on this release be sure to check out concordmusicgroup.com.