Freddie King – Larger than Life

Single CD – £9.99
Catalog No. BGOCD593
Larger than Life by Freddie King (1975)
Originally released in 1975 and produced by Mike Vernon of the Blue Horizon record label fameFreddie King (no relation to any of the other blues guitarists named King) was one of the lynchpins of modern blues guitar.Along with Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Magic Sam, King spearheaded Chicago's modern blues movement in the early '60s andhelped set the stage for the blues-rock boom of the late '60s. His influence on such blues-rock titans as Eric Clapton helpedpreserve a legacy characterized by searing, aggressive guitar solos and the welding of blues and rock into one cohesive soundAlthough Freddie King was born and raised in Texas, he matured as a musician in Chicago. His guitar style combined countryand urban influences. As a child, King grew up on the music of such legendary country blues guitarists as Blind LemonJefferson, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Arthur 'Big Boy'Crudup. After he and his family moved to Chicago in 1950,King beganhanging out in clubs where the stinging, city-hot guitar work of such Mississippi Delta-rooted blues men as Muddy Waters,Jimmy Rogers, and Eddie Taylor filled the airHe enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the late '60s when English blues-rock guitarists such as Clapton, Mick Taylor, and PeterGreen began covering King tunes and incorporating elements of his guitar style into their own. This brought King renewedrecognition and a growing audience among blues-rock fans, plus new recording contract in 1968 with Cotillion, a subsidiary ofAtlantic Records. Two years later King jumped to Shelter Records. His last recording contract was with RSO Records in 1974.Though the bulk of King's blues from this era leaned heavily toward funk and rock, his guitar work remained stylish and supple. King was only forty-two years old when he died in 1976 of bleeding ulcers and heart failure


  1. It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) You Can Run But You Can't Hide Woke Up This Morning It's Your Move Boogie Bump Meet Me In The Morning The Things I Used to Do Ain't That I Don't Love You Have You Ever Loved A Woman

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