The Big Blues

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The Big Blues
Thebigblues album.jpg
Studio album by
Released1962
GenreBlues
Length34:49
LabelKing
Albert King chronology
The Big Blues
(1962)
Born Under a Bad Sign
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Big Blues is the debut album by Albert King, released in 1962 by King Records. Featuring mostly songs composed by Albert King himself, this was his first album and the only one before he signed with Stax Records, where he would record most albums along his career.

The album is a collection of songs previously released by King Records and Bobbin Records as singles and B-sides.[2] King recorded "Blues at Sunrise" and "Let's Have a Natural Ball" (which appears on the album) for Bobbin in 1956, which helped to establish him in recording. King Records bought his contract from Bobbin in 1961.[3] The album was later reissued under the title Travelin' to California.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Albert King, except where noted.

  1. "Let's Have a Natural Ball" – 2:55
  2. "What Can I Do to Change Your Mind?" – 2:54
  3. "I Get Evil" (Tampa Red) – 2:31
  4. "Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn't Be Like It Is)" (Sonny Thompson) – 3:09
  5. "This Morning" – 2:12
  6. "I Walked All Night Long" – 2:56
  7. "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" – 3:00
  8. "Travelin' to California" – 3:05
  9. "I've Made Nights by Myself" – 2:40
  10. "This Funny Feeling" (Rudy Toombs) – 2:37
  11. "Ooh-Ee Baby" – 3:58
  12. "Dyna Flow" – 2:52

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Obrecht, Jas (2000). Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists. Hal Leonard. p. 349.
  3. ^ (1988) Release notes for The Big Blues by Albert King (back cover). King Records.