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© Alligator Records
Year of Release: 1978
When The WelfareTurns Its Back
Cold Cold Feeling
Conversation With Collins
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Kicking off the new year 2000 is an excellent blues album by Albert Collins;
his 1978 release, Ice Pickin', his first release for Alligator Records.
It's the classic blues in its own right, as such blues giants as B.B. King and
Stevie Ray Vaughan. Like King and Vaughan, Collins was an accomplished guitar
player and vocalist, delivering the blues in his own style, as only the blues
can provide. I first discovered Albert Collins from a former friend back
in the early 1990's; he had Ice Pickin' and Collins' second release
on Alligator Records, Frostbite. But unfortuately, soon after I
discovered Collins' music, he passed away in 1993, at the age of 61 of cancer.
"Honey Hush (Talking Woman Blues)" is the typical blues boogie standard,
where Collins recites the line "You Talk Too Much." It's a great start for the
album, as the next song, "When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You" (a great
song title), is the slow 3-chord blues favorite, heard in most Stevie Ray
Vaughan songs, and the grit vocals of B.B. King.
"Ice Pick" returns the hard-driving blues style, "Cold, Cold
Feeling" is another slow-driven blues song, as in B.B. King's "The Thrill
Is Gone", where the light tapping of the drums, bass-driven, and wailing
guitar solos are heard. The standard blues boogie is the sound of "Too
Tired", "Master Charge" is a funky blues number, "Conversation
With Collins" is another slow blues song, where it's a more of a talking
song than that of regular vocals. It is a conversation, Collins just talking
with slow blues, featuring bass, guitar and piano. The album closes with
"Avalanche," an instrumental 3-chord boogie blues composition.
An excellent album, Albert Collins' Ice Pickin' defines the best in
blues music. So, if you're a huge fan of such artists as B.B. King and Stevie
Ray Vaughan, or even the blues of the Allman Brothers, pick up the album by the
artist who was considered to have a "cool sound". With an album title such as
Ice Pickin', Albert Collins presents the blues in a "cool" fashion.
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