This extraordinary collection of performances by legendary guitarist Freddie King includes highlights of three European concerts stemming from 1973 and 1974. Whether playing standards like “Sweet Home Chicago” or signature songs such as “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” King is seen at the height of his creative powers. Part of the Coda Gone Too Soon Theme.
“He didn’t just play the guitar — he attacked it.” That’s how the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s website, commemorating the 2012 induction of bluesman Freddie King, described King’s sound, adding that “[h]is heavy-handed licks can still be heard today in the playing of Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor, all King acolytes.”
In countless ways, a band or vocal group is like a family. Sometimes these artistic fraternities involve actual family members, and then the process of making music becomes really personal. Such relationships can underpin levels of intimacy and communication that elevate the songs. They can also lead to the kind of squabbles that tear bands apart. Either way, family bands provide a fascinating window into the ups and downs of musical collaboration.
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.