ALBERT KING (FROM THE ALBUM BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN)
Debut albums are important; the right songs, players, producer, sessions, studio, etc. Albert King had recorded for a number of other labels, making Born Under A Bad Sign his debut for Stax Records. Mr King was a good fit with the Stax label team of Al Bell, Estelle Axton and Jim Stewart, its songwriters Booker T. Jones and William Bell, and backing players from Booker T & The M.G.’s and the Memphis Horns. On its release, Born Under a Bad Sign was a fine effort. Time has made it the gem in Albert King’s output.
The album is grounded with the title track use a monster bass line developed by song author William Bell and Booker T. Other highlights on board are King’s first hit for the label, “Laundromat Blues”, “Crosscut Saw”, and “Oh Pretty Woman”, with M.G. axman Steve Cropper holding the rhythm steady for Albert’s blues riffs. Born Under A Bad Sign offers Albert King covering “Kansas City” and two rare ballad turns with “The Very Thought of You” and Ivory Joe Hunter’s “I Almost Lost My Mind”.