King King (album)

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King King
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Live album by The Red Devils
Released 28 July 1992
Recorded King King Club, Los Angeles[1]
Genre Blues rock
Length 59:04
Label Def American (Cat. no. 9 26795-2)
Producer Rick Rubin

King King is the debut album by the blues-rock band The Red Devils. It was recorded live at King King Club in Los Angeles[1] during three or four of their regular Monday-night performances in 1991.[2] The album captures the immediacy and informality of a small club performance.[3] It features the band's interpretation of blues songs originally recorded by Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, and Willie Dixon as well as some band originals.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]

King King was released in July 1992 and a review in USA Today called it "the year's most electrifying live album, a stunning debut".[4] According to the Los Angeles Times, "King King is a 12-song live recording that captures the band in fine, aggressive form at the La Brea Avenue club".[5] Allmusic gave the album a three out of five star rating, who called it a mix of straight-ahead blues and singer/harmonica player Lester Butler's later alternative rock.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Automatic" Willie Love 3:26
2. "Goin' To The Church" Lester Butler 4:07
3. "She's Dangerous" Willie Dixon 5:02
4. "I Wish You Would" Billy Boy Arnold 3:01
5. "Cross Your Heart" Rice Miller (aka Sonny Boy Williamson II) 4:28
6. "Tail Dragger" Dixon[6] 5:24
7. "Devil Woman" The Red Devils 6:57
8. "No Fightin'" Butler 5:56
9. "Mr. Highway Man" Chester Burnett (aka Howlin' Wolf) 3:35
10. "I'm Ready" Dixon[7] 3:46
11. "Quarter to Twelve" Marion Jacobs (aka Little Walter) 7:03
12. "Cut That Out" Junior Wells[8] 4:59
Total length: 59:04


  • Lester Butler – vocals and harmonica
  • Paul "The Kid" Size – lead guitar
  • Dave Lee Bartel – rhythm guitar
  • Johnny Ray Bartel – bass
  • Bill Bateman – drums


  1. ^ a b In 1991–92, King King was at 6th St. and La Brea Ave., normally considered Mid-Wilshire, not Hollywood.
  2. ^ Leroy, Dan (2007). The Greatest Music Never Sold: Secrets of Legendary Lost Albums by David Bowie, Seal, Beastie Boys, Chicago, Mick Jagger, and More!. Backbeat Books. pp. 117–44. ISBN 978-0-87930-905-3. 
  3. ^ a b Ham, Char. "King King – album review". allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gundersen, Edna (October 28, 1992). "Red Devils Live Album Blasts Raw, Rootsy Blues". USA Today. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ Appleford, Steve (August 23, 1992). "Red Devils' Rowdy Gigs Lure Some Famous Fans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lyrics by Butler.
  7. ^ Using music by James Moore aka Slim Harpo.
  8. ^ John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson I recorded "Better Cut that Out" in 1947.

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