Was anyone here present for Albert King's Live Wire Blues Power album?

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  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    Fillmore West, June 1968? Produced by Al Jackson, Jr... drummer for Booker T & The MGs.

    It was before I was born, but I know that some of you guys were present for that whole scene, or at least spells of it.

    That's just about my favorite live electric blues album of all time. The audience interaction is just so present in the mix. I'm just wondering if any of you were there, and what you might remember from it.

    Long shot, I know...
     
  2. Paul in Colorado

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    I saw him around that time, more likely '69 or '70. He still had the original Flying V. But I wasn't at the shows you mentioned.
     
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    I saw Albert twice at the Fillmore between '68 and '70. I wasn't aware if an album was being recorded. And today, don't remember if the announcer or Albert said anything about it.
    I do remember that he wasn't a headliner, more of an opening act.
    But he killed it with his singing and playing. And he had a great band.
    He was playing the V. Not sure which amps he used, might have been big Fender Showman's. Or even a Marshall. There were always lots of amps on the stage since there would typically be 3 or more bands per night. I think those shows were before he was using the Acoustic brand of amps.
     
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    I saw him at Winterland in February of 1968 with Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall, and The Soft Machine. He is still to this day my favorite blues artist. I was not at the Fillmore the night the album was recorded, but he did some of the tunes on the album. I consider myself very fortunate to have been around at that time when a lot of great acts were performing. Bill Graham put on great shows and introduced my generation to many artists we would have otherwise never gotten to see live.

    Like the catch phrase says, I may be old, but I saw all the great bands !!!
     
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    Saw him at he Ashgrove in Hollywood around 1971. Sat right in front of him, awesome show. I was 16.
     
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    In answer to the question - no...
    But I did see him play when Albert toured the UK. We were privileged to see many of the American blues giants in concert, and Albert's was among the best of those
     
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  7. Mike Eskimo

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    If you want to know what another King thought his own best live album was , it’s this :

    https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/b_b-king/blues-is-king/


    Not Live at The Regal, or the Apollo, or Cook County Jail - as good as those are.

    BB at a small club with a small band recorded in 1966.

    For Albert, I like The Big Blues from ‘61.
     
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