Bear Family release a 7-CD LP size box with a 104 pages hardcover book. 168 tracks are spread across 7cds with a playing time 549:28 minutes. The set is due on 15 july.
Everything the legendary electric blues guitarist cut in the studio from 1956 to 1973 for El-Bee, Federal, King, Cotillion-Atlantic, and Leon Russell’s Shelter Records! Every killer instrumental he waxed during his early 1960s hitmaking heyday, including ‘Driving Sideways’, ‘Wash Out’, ‘Low Tide’, and ‘Remington Ride’ plus his original hit recordings of ‘Hide Away’, ‘Lonesome Whistle Blues’, ‘San-Ho-Zay’, ‘I’m Tore Down’, and his piledriving ‘Going Down’! Seven completely full discs including early rarities and previously unreleased alternate takes of some of his best-known Federal classics including ‘You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling’, ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’, and ‘See See Baby’, plus previously unissued Federal Recordings. An entire unissued 1968 demo session cut in Dallas that includes his rendition of J. B. Lenoir’s ‘The Mojo’ (available in no other studio version). Incredible unpublished photos and memorabilia plus comprehensive liner notes from Bill Dahl! — Freddie King, the legendary Texas Cannonball, was one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time whose fiery style laid the foundation of modern rock guitar. ‘Rolling Stone’ placed him #25 on the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time because he profoundly influenced Eric Clapton (who recorded several of King’s songs including ‘Hide Away’, ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’, ‘I’m Tore Down’), Jeff Beck (‘The Stumble’), Stevie Ray Vaughan (‘Hide Away’), and many others. — ‘He was the guy’ said Jimmie Vaughan. ‘He was powerful. It was unbelievable. And I never heard anyone play louder back then!’ — ‘If I’m building a solo,’ said Eric Clapton, ‘I’ll start with a Freddie King line. Of all the people I played with, he was the most stimulating.’ — Of the three seminal postwar blues guitarists answering to the name of King, Freddie King brought the highest energy levels to his studio exploits and probably influenced most rock axemen of all, including Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan. King’s innovative Texas/West Side Chicago hybrid approach was absolutely unique, and his double-threat hitmaking career as singer and instrumentalist was unmatched. No blues guitar god ever threw more of his muscular physique into his incendiary fretwork. And what a commanding, emotionally charged voice he had! This epic collection brings together for the first time in one spectacular box every released studio recording Freddie King made from 1956 to 1973. It includes both sides of his rare debut single for tiny El-Bee Records, a slew of Federal alternate takes (several previously unheard), and an entire unissued demo session from 1968 consisting of Freddie’s only known studio rendition of J.B. Lenoir’s The Mojo, and three dynamite untitled instrumentals. Everything King subsequently had out on Cotillion and Shelter is here, too. – There have been many Freddie King ‘Greatest Hits’ packages on the market over the decades focusing on one chapter of his career, but this is the ultimate tribute to one of the most influential blues guitarists the genre has ever seen. Nothing like it has ever been attempted, and no dedicated blues fan can live without it!
1. Country Boy 2. That’s What You Think 3. You Know That You Love Me (But You Never Tell 4. See See Baby 5. You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling 6. Have You Ever Loved A Woman 7. Hide Away 8. I Love The Woman 9. Lonesome Whistle Blues 10. If You Believe (In What You Do) 11. It’s Too Bad (Things Are Going So Tough) 12. I’m Tore Down 13. Butterscotch (Onion Rings) 14. Sen-Sa-Shun 15. Side Tracked 16. The Stumble 17. San-Ho-Zay 18. Wash Out 19. You Know That You Love Me (But You Never Tell 20. See See Baby (alt) 21. You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling (alt) 22. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (alt) 23. Butterscotch (Onion Rings) (alt) 24. Butterscotch (Onion Rings) (alt2) 25. Wash Out (alt) 26. Just Pickin’ 27. Heads Up 28. Christmas Tears 29. Let Me Be (Stay Away From Me) 30. Takin’ Care Of Business 31. You Mean, Mean Woman (How Can Your Love Be Tr 32. I Hear Jingle Bells 33. In The Open 34. Out Front 35. Swooshy 36. Closed Door (High Rise) 37. Texas Oil 38. She Put The Whammy On Me 39. I’m On My Way To Atlanta 40. Over Drive (The Untouchable Glide) 41. Driving Sideways 42. Sittin’ On The Boat Dock 43. Come On 44. Do The President Twist 45. (Let Your Love) Watch Over Me 46. You Can’t Hide 47. It’s Easy Child 48. Just Pickin’ (alt) 49. Heads Up (alt) 50. Closed Door (High Rise) (w/o horns) (alt) 51. I’m On My Way To Atlanta (alt) 52. Your Love Keeps A-Working On Me 53. What About Love 54. Bossa Nova Blues 55. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist 56. Freeway 75 57. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile) 58. Someday, After Awhile (You’ll Be Sorry) 59. You Walked In 60. You’re Barkin’ Up The Wrong Tree 61. .Is My Baby Mad At Me (w/o horns) 62. (The Welfare) Turns Its Back On You 63. It Hurts To Be In Love 64. Look Ma, I’m Cryin’ 65. (I’d Love To) Make Love To You (w/o guitar) 66. One Hundred Years (w/o guitar) 67. Now I’ve Got A Woman 68. Surf Monkey 69. If You Have It 70. Low Tide (Zoo Surfin’) 71. Remington Ride 72. Monkey Donkey 73. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile) (alt) 74. Meet Me At The Station 75. Full Time Love 76. King-A-Ling 77. I Love You More Every Day 78. Teardrops On Your Letter 79. Some Other Day, Some Other Time 80. She’s The One 81. She’s That Kind 82. Man Hole 83. Fish Fare 84. Funny Bone 85. Cloud Sailin’ (Don’t Move) 86. The Sad Nite Owl 87. Nickel Plated 88. Freddy’s Midnite Dream 89. Girl From Kookamunga 90. You’ve Got Me Licked 91. Double Eyed Whammy 92. Use What You’ve Got 93. The Mojo 94. Play It Cool 95. Untitled Instrumental #1 96. Untitled Instrumental #2 97. Untitled Instrumental #3 98. Hide Away 99. Funky 100. Blue Shadows 101. Play It Cool 102. That Will Never Do 103. It’s Too Late, She’s Gone 104. Sweet Thing 105. Get Out Of My Life Woman 106. Hot Tomato 107. Wide Open 108. Let Me Down Easy 109. Today I Sing The Blues 110. Yonder Wall 111. I Wonder Why 112. I Don’t Know 113. My Feeling For The Blues 114. The Stumble 115. Stormy Monday 116. What’d I Say 117. Ain’t Nobody’s Business What We Do 118. You Don’t Have To Go 119. Woke Up This Morning 120. The Things I Used To Do 121. Same Old Blues 122. Dust My Broom 123. Worried Life Blues 124. Five Long Years 125. Key To The Highway 126. Going Down 127. Living On The Highway 128. Walking By Myself 129. Tore Down 130. Palace Of The King 131. Gimme Some Lovin’ 132. Please Send Me Someone To Love 133. That’s All Right 134. The Same Thing 135. Tore Down (live) 136. Dust My Broom (live) 137. Can’t Trust Your Neighbor 138. You Was Wrong 139. How Many More Years 140. Ain’t No Sunshine 141. The Sky Is Crying 142. Love Her With A Feeling 143. Somebody Got To Go 144. Pulpwood 145. Hide Away 146. Lowdown In Lodi 147. Reconsider Baby 148. Big Legged Woman 149. Me And My Guitar 150. I’d Rather Be Blind 151. Something You Got 152. Ain’t No Big Deal On You 153. I Just Want To Make Love To You 154. It Hurts Me Too 155. Boogie Fuck (Guitar Boogie) 156. Woman Across The River 157. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man 158. Danger Zone 159. Boogie Man 160. Leave My Woman Alone 161. Just A Little Bit 162. Yonder Wall 163. Help Me Through The Day 164. I’m Ready 165. Trouble In Mind 166. You Don’t Have To Go 167. Goin’ Down (live)