I just received The Complete King Federal Singles, the first-ever compilation devoted to Freddie King's King-Federal singles, released by Real Gone Music. This is an incredibly comprehensive package including 55 tracks of Freddie's best work. I have been a fan of Freddie King's for such a long time and it's great to have all of this great music on 2 CD's. King had his own signature style that was uniquely his own. Passing at an early age Freddie didn't have the advantage of time like the other two renown kings of the blues, Albert and BB. Freddie's catalog includes a wide variety of musical takes on the blues like swing on See See Baby with the honking sax and Come On; It's Easy, Child with a R&B but Tex Mex styling; Bossa Nova styling shown on The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist (cool instrumental); deep blues on Look, Ma. I'm Crying (Incredible); Elmore James style like Takin' Care of Business; Tbone Walker style of I'm On My Way To Atlanta or (The Welfare) Turns It's Back On You (most of you haven't heard this cut..you should); surf music? yup ... Surf Monkey (cool 60's instrumental), Texas Oil and Heads Up; R&B Louisiana style like Meet Me At The Station, Sittin' On The Boat Dock and If You Believe; jump blues like Driving Sideways; fast shuffle like High Rise (instrumental of course); classic R&B like If You Have It; holiday blues with Christmas Tears and I Hear Jingle Bells; pop tracks like the President Twist; You Can't Hide and instrumental Just Pickin' but also great vocal tracks that demonstrate that Freddie isn't just a guitar player like the spectacular duet with Lulu reed on Let Your Love Watch Over Me. Of course this package includes all of Freddie's best known classics like You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling; Have You Ever Loved A Woman; Hideway; It's Too Bad Things Are Going So Tough; San Ho Zay; The Stumble; Side Tracked; I'm Tore Down; Sen-Sa-Shun; Someday, After A While; She Put The Whammy On Me; Full Time Love; Use What You've Got and You've Got Me Licked which are all amazing. And don't get me wrong, this is no padded cd with the greatest hits and a bunch of fluff. This is packed full of great music wall to wall! The package includes 8 pages of great liner notes by Bill Dahl and a number of cool photos. This is a package that was begging to be done and a terrific tribute to a terrific performer! This is a must have.
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