Friday, April 22, 2011

Freddy King - Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King

Some truly brilliant performances on this album's dozen tunes. King makes playing the guitar seem as natural walking. The songs show a tremendous variety in content, approach, technique and style--something one might not expect from even the best blues albums. Each song has some of the catchiest melodies you're likely to ever hear from a guitar player in any genre. And they are fun. Do yourself a big favor. Get this album. Then get "Freddie King give you a Bonanza of Insturmentals". Because of the dozens of blues/rock albums cut in a similiar vein, these two are at the top of the list.

The album and several of the songs it contains have been influential. According to 2006's Encyclopedia of the Blues, the song "Hide Away" has become "[o]ne of the most popular blues instrumentals of all time", a "mandatory staple of blues bands" at its time and "a standard for countless blues and rock musicians performing today." All Music Guide to the Blues indicates that in addition to "Hide Away", which it describes as "Freddie King's signature tune and most influential recording", several of the other songs on the album also became blues classics, including "San-Ho-Zay" and "The Stumble". Encyclopedia of the Blues adds that "Sen-Sa-Shun", too, became a favorite songs for instrumental bands. Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, who have covered "Hide Away" live on several occasions, specifically sited "San-Ho-Zay" and "Sensation" (sic) as among the Freddie King album tracks that inspired him.
1."Hide Away" (King) – 2:43 2."Butterscotch" – 3:04 3. "Sen-Sa-Shun" – 2:54 4. "Side Tracked" (King) – 3:07 5."The Stumble" – 3:14 6. "Wash Out" – 2:38 7. "San-Ho-Zay" – 2:40 8. "Just Pickin'" (King) – 2:33 9. "Heads Up" – 2:33 10."In the Open" – 3:11 11. "Out Front" – 2:40 12. Swooshy" – 2:19


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