The track list includes the original 11 cuts plus 5 previously unreleased alternate takes.
2. Crosscut Saw
3. Kansas City
4. Oh, Pretty Woman
5. Down Don’t Bother Me
6. The Hunter
7. I Almost Lost My Mind
8. Personal Manager
9. Laundromat Blues
10. As The Years Go Passing By
11. The Very Thought Of You
12. Born Under A Bad Sign (Alternate Take 1)
13. Crosscut Saw (Alternate Take 1)
14. The Hunter (Alternate Take 1)
15. Personal Manager (Alternate Take 15)
16. Untitled Instrumental
The album is a slice of time highlighting the very moment when an amalgam of soul, blues, rock and touring music reviews were changing the makeup of the mainstream American music scene. The music was embraced by a wider expanse of the public – no longer pigeonholed as “race records” or limited to live performances on the “Chitlin Circuit." It was described by King Curtis as a "Soul Stew." In the early 60’s the Kings in my white bread life were The King Family Show and borscht belt comedian Alan King on the Ed Sullivan Show. The “King Cousins” were a bevy of blond Mormons who were fodder for my adolescent lust and the caustic wit of Alan King provided one liners guaranteed to entertain classmates and torment adults for years to come. Then popular culture changed fast – the period from 1964 to 1969 evolved more than any comparable period in my life. The radio went from playing Pat Boone doing “Tutti Frutti” to Little Richard singing his own song. Suddenly there was a revolution (or do you call it evolution?) and the new Kings were B.B. , Freddie and Albert.
Albert King was my favorite. His importance can judged by the guitarists he influenced - Mick Taylor, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Michael Bloomfield. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Derek Trucks. All incorporate licks we first heard from Albert. Joe Walsh who spoke at Albert’s funeral said, "There are a lot of hot guitar players out there today who can fly all over the fretboard in all kinds of amazing ways, like Eddie Van Halen. But Albert King could blow Eddie Van Halen off the stage...with his amp on standby!" Eric Clapton slavishly pays homage to Albert in early recordings by Cream. Michael Bloomfield once famously asked Eric Clapton if he was paying royalties to Albert for the leads Eric played on “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Strange Brew.” Bloomfield said Albert was a master “who could say more with fewer notes than anyone I’ve ever known.” Check the out the original and compare it to Eric’s tribute.