Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King

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Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King
Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King.jpg
Studio album by Freddie King
Released 1961
Recorded Aug 25, 1960-Apr 5, 1961
Genre Blues
Length 33:24
Label King
Freddie King chronology
Freddy King Sings
Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King
Bossa Nova & Blues

Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King is a 1961 instrumental album by blues guitarist and singer Freddie "The Texas Cannonball" King. Released on King Records, the album contained a number of influential songs and two hit singles, "Hide Away" and "San-Ho-Zay". The former reached #5 on the "Black Singles" chart and #29 on the "Pop Singles" chart, while the latter reached #4 and #47.[1] The album, itself influential, has been critically well received.

Critical reception and influence[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The album and several of the songs it contains have been influential. According to 2006's Encyclopedia of the Blues, the song "Hide Away" has become "[o]ne of the most popular blues instrumentals of all time", a "mandatory staple of blues bands" at its time and "a standard for countless blues and rock musicians performing today."[2] All Music Guide to the Blues indicates that in addition to "Hide Away", which it describes as "Freddie King's signature tune and most influential recording", several of the other songs on the album also became blues classics, including "San-Ho-Zay" and "The Stumble".[3] Encyclopedia of the Blues adds that "Sen-Sa-Shun", too, became a favorite songs for instrumental bands.[2] Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, who have covered "Hide Away" and "Heads Up" live on several occasions, specifically cited "San-Ho-Zay" and "Sensation" (sic) as among the Freddie King album tracks that inspired him.[4]

The album, which was cited as an influence by notable blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.[5] was critically well received. It is described in the Encyclopedia of the Blues as "highly regarded".[2] In 2007, the Houston Chronicle listed the album as #6 on its list of 75 essential Texas blues albums, indicating that "If Gilmer's King had only recorded the song Hide Away, his legend as an influential blues guitar player would be secure. But this entire album cooks."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all songs by Freddie King and Sonny Thompson.

  1. "Hide Away" – 2:43
  2. "Butterscotch" – 3:04
  3. "Sen-Sa-Shun" – 2:54
  4. "Side Tracked" (King) – 3:07
  5. "The Stumble" – 3:14
  6. "Wash Out" – 2:38
  7. "San-Ho-Zay" – 2:40
  8. "Just Pickin'" (King) – 2:33
  9. "Heads Up" – 2:33
  10. "In the Open" – 3:11
  11. "Out Front" – 2:40
  12. "Swooshy" – 2:19



  1. ^ a b Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King Billboard Singles at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Tomko, Gene (2006). "Hide Away". In Edward M. Komara. Encyclopedia of the Blues: A - J. Routledge. pp. 425–426. ISBN 0-415-92699-8. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2003). All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues. Backbeat Books. p. 315. ISBN 0-87930-736-6. 
  4. ^ Wenner, Jann; Charles Reich (1989). "Jerry Garcia". In Peter Herbst, Ben Fong-Torres. The Rolling Stone Interviews: 1967-1980. Macmillan. p. 203. ISBN 0-312-03486-5. Retrieved 2008-10-16. I think Freddie King is the guy I learned the most volume of stuff from. When I started playing electric guitar the second time, with the Warlocks, it was a Freddie King album that I got almost all of my ideas off of, his phrasing really. That first one, Here's Freddie King, later it came out as Freddie King Plays Surfin' Music or something like that, it has 'San-Ho-Zay' on it and 'Sensation' (sic) and all those instrumentals. 
  5. ^ Forte, Dan (2007). "Stevie Ray Vaughan". In Mike Molenda, Les Paul. The Guitar Player Book: 40 Years of Interviews, Gear, and Lessons from the World's Most Celebrated Guitar Magazine. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 89. ISBN 0-87930-782-X. Retrieved 2008-10-16. "Your brother was heavily influenced by Freddie King. Did that style rub off on you, as well?" "Yeah, it did. I had that instrumental album of his [Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King] 
  6. ^ Dansby, Andrew (2007-10-02). "The blues Texas style: Here are 75 essential albums". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 

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