Albert King discography

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Albert King discography
Releases
Studio albums 16
Live albums 14
Compilation albums 18+
Singles 47

Albert King was an American blues guitarist and singer who was active from the late 1940s to 1992. During the earlier part of his career, he recorded several singles for smaller record labels. In 1966, he began an association with Stax Records, where he enjoyed his greatest commercial success with both singles and albums. After Stax's bankruptcy in 1975, King recorded for several smaller labels. Meanwhile, his former record companies issued a number of live recordings, compilations, and re-packaged material. This trend accelerated after King's death in 1992, resulting in some charting releases as well as the inevitable redundancies.

Albums 1962–1992[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date Title Label & Cat. no. R&B chart no. Pop chart no.
1962 The Big Blues King 852
1967 Born Under a Bad Sign Stax S723
1969 Years Gone By Stax STS-2010 133
1969 Jammed Together (with Steve Cropper & Pops Staples) Stax STS-2020 171
1970 Blues for Elvis - King Does the King's Things Stax STS-2015
1971 Lovejoy Stax STS-2040 29 188
1972 I'll Play the Blues for You Stax STS-3009 11 140
1974 I Wanna Get Funky Stax STS-5505 37
1976 Truckload of Lovin' Utopia BUL 1-1387[1] 26 166
1976 Albert Utopia BUL 1-1731[2] 54
1977 King Albert Tomato TOM-6002
1977 The Pinch,[3]later re-released as The Blues Don't Change[4] Stax STX-4101
1978 New Orleans Heat Tomato TOM-7022 74
1983 San Francisco '83[5] Fantasy F-9627
1984 I'm in a Phone Booth, Baby Fantasy F-9633[6]
1986 The Lost Session (archive release) Stax 8534

Live albums[edit]

Date Title Label & Cat. no. R&B chart no. Pop chart no.
1968 Live Wire/Blues Power Stax STS-2003 40 150
1977 Live Utopia CYL2-2205[7] 182
1988[8] Blues at Sunrise Stax 8546
1990[9] Wednesday Night in San Francisco Stax 8556
1990[10] Thursday Night in San Francisco Stax 8557

Compilation albums[edit]

Date Title Label & Cat. no. R&B chart no. Pop chart no.
1969 King of the Blues Guitar Atlantic 8213 194
1972 Wattstax: The Living Word (also various Stax performers) Stax STS 2-3010
1974 Montreux Festival (also Chico Hamilton & Little Milton) Stax STS-5520
1977 I'll Play the Blues for You (also John Lee Hooker) Tomato 2696141
1979 Chronicle (also Little Milton) Stax STX-4123
1982 Masterworks Atlantic AD 2-4002
1986 The Best of Albert King Stax 60-005
1989 Let's Have a Natural Ball Modern Blues B0000023JA
1990 Door to Door (also Otis Rush, Otis Spann, B.B. King) MCA/Chess LP-1538
1992 Red House Castle

Posthumous albums (since 1993)[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

Date Title Label & Cat. no. Blues chart no.
1993 Blues at Sunset Stax 8581
1994 Chicago 1978 Charly 754
1998 Rainin' in California Wolf 120500
1999 In Session Stax 7501 1
1999 Live in Canada Charly 755
2001 The Godfather of the Blues: His Last European Tour P-Vine
2003 Talkin' Blues Thirsty Ear
2003 Live 69 Tomato
2003 Blues from the Road Fuel 302 061 318 2

Selected compilation albums[edit]

Numerous Albert King compilation albums issued by a number of record companies have been released over the years (allmusic shows over 100 compilations).[11] The following lists some of the more notable and current releases:

Date Title Label & Cat. no. Blues chart no.
1993 The Ultimate Collection Rhino 71268
1994 The Tomato Years Rhino 71623
1994 Funky London Stax 8586
1996 Hard Bargain Stax 8594
1999 The Very Best of Albert King Rhino 75703
2001 More Big Blues of Albert King Ace 827
2002 Blue on Blues (also Freddie King) Fuel 2000
2004 The Complete King & Bobbin Recordings Collectables 2887
2006 Stax Profiles Stax 8622
2007 The Very Best of Albert King Stax 30296 13

Singles 1953–1992[edit]

Date Title A-side / B-side Label & Cat. no. R&B chart no. Pop chart no.
1954 "Bad Luck Blues" / "Be on Your Merry Way" Parrot 798
1959 "Why Are You So Mean to Me" / "Ooh-Ee Baby" Bobbin 114
1960 "Need You By My Side" / "The Time Has Come" Bobbin 119
1960 "Blues at Sunrise" / "Let's Have a Natural Ball" Bobbin 126
1961 "I Walked All Night Long" / "I've Made Nights by Myself" Bobbin 129
1961 "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" / "This Morning" King 5575[12] 14
1961 "Travelin' to California" / "Dyna-Flow" King 5588[13]
1962 "I Get Evil" / "What Can I Do to Change Your Mind" Bobbin 135
1963 "I'll Do Anything for You" / "Got to Be Some Changes Made" Bobbin 141
1963 "How About that Old Blue Ribbon" / "I've Made Nights by Myself" Bobbin 143
1963 "This Funny Feeling" / "Had You Told It Like It Was" King 5751
1965 "C. O. D." / "Worisome Baby" Coun-Tree 1006
1965 "Lonesome" / "You Threw Your Love on Me Too Strong" Coun-Tree 1007
1966 "Laundromat Blues" / "Overall Junction" Stax 190 29
1966 "Oh Pretty Woman" / "Funk Shun" - also issued with A side label title "Oh, Pretty Woman (Can't Make You Love Me)(alternate title image) Stax 197
1967 "Crosscut Saw" / "Down Don't Bother Me" Stax 201 34
1967 "Born Under a Bad Sign" / "Personal Manager" Stax 217 49
1968 "Cold Feet" / "You Sure Drive a Hard Bargain" Stax 241 20 67
1968 "(I Love) Lucy" / "You're Gonna Need Me" Stax 252 46
1968 "Blues Power" / "Night Stomp" Stax 0020
1969 "The Hunter" / "As the Years Go Passing By" Atlantic 2604
1969 "Drowning on Dry Land Pt. I" / "Pt. II" Stax 0034
1969 "Tupelo Pt. I" / "Pt. II" Stax 0047
1969 "Water" / "Opus De Soul" Stax 0048
1969 "Cockroach" / "Wrapped Up in Love Again" Stax 0058
1970 "Can't You See What You're Doing to Me" / "Cold Sweat" Stax 0069 50 127
1971 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" / "Lovejoy, Ill." Stax 0101 38 103
1972 "Angel of Mercy" / "Funky London" Stax 0121 42
1972 "I'll Play the Blues for You Pt. I" / "Pt. II" Stax 0135 31
1972 "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" / "Little Brother (Make a Way)" Stax 0147 35 91
1973 "Playing on Me" / "High Cost of Living" Stax 0166
1974 "That's What the Blues Is All About" / "I Wanna Get Funky" Stax 0189 15
1974 "Flat Tire" / "I Can't Hear Nothing but the Blues" Stax 0217
1974 "Crosscut Saw" / "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" Stax 0228
1974 "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'" / "Don't Burn Down the Bridge" Stax 0234[14]
1975 "I'm Doing Fine" / "Ain't It Beautiful" Stax 0245
1976 "Cadillac Assembly Line" / "Nobody Wants a Loser" Utopia 10544 40
1976 "Sensation, Communication Together" / "Gonna Make It Somehow" Utopia 10682 80
1976 "Guitar Man" / "Rub My Back" Utopia 10770 79
1977 "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" /"I Don't Care What My Baby Do" Utopia 10879 95
1978 "Call My Job" / "Love Shock" Tomato 10001 72
1978 "Chump Change" / "Good Time Charlie" Tomato 10002 72
1978 "The Pinch Paid Off Pt. I" / "Pt. II" Stax 3203
1979 "The Very Thought of You" / "I Get Evil" Tomato 10009 87
1979 "Born Under a Bad Sign" / "I've Got the Blues" Tomato 10012
1983 "Ask Me No Questions" / "Honey Bee" Fantasy 940
1986 "Down the Road I Go" / "Money Lovin' Woman" Stax 1071

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also issued as Tomato.
  2. ^ Also issused as Tomato TOM-6004.
  3. ^ Unterberger, Ritchie. "The Pinch — Album Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Unterberger, Ritchie. "The Blues Don't Change — Album Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Also issued as Crosscut Saw: Albert King in San Francisco with two bonus tracks (Stax 8571).
  6. ^ Also issued as Stax 8560.
  7. ^ Also issued as Tomato TOM-27005.
  8. ^ Recorded 1973, Erlewine 1996, p. 148.
  9. ^ Recorded 1968, Erlewine 1996, p. 148
  10. ^ Recorded 1968, Erlewine 1996, p. 148.
  11. ^ "Albert King Discography — compilations". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ Also issued as Bobbin 131.
  13. ^ Also issued as Bobbin 130 and King 6265.
  14. ^ Also issued as Stax 3225.

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