Monday, 9/26/11

by musicclipoftheday

three takes

Blues guitarists—great ones, anyway—aren’t instrumentalists; they’re singers with two voices.

“Born Under A Bad Sign” (W. Bell, B.T. Jones)

Albert King, live, Sweden, 1980

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Albert King, recording, 1967 (Stax)

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Jimi Hendrix, recorded in 1969 (Blues, 1994)

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What makes this last take effective? Part of it is the phrasing: Jimi, like Albert, doesn’t play anything that couldn’t be sung.

More Albert? Here.