June 7, 2013

Albert Collins and the Icebreakers - Crystal Palace 1992

And this way comes The Rippin Frog to present us more blues: Albert Collins, the real KING of the strratocaster telecaster !!!

Albert Collins and the Icebreakers
Crystal Palace Bowl
4th July 1992
American Music Festival - Midsummer Blues

Live broadcast on BBC Radio 1 FM

01.Travelling South 4:12
02.If Trouble Was Money 9:26
03.Put the Shoe On The Other Foot 5:49
04.Same Old Thing 6:54
05.Things I Used To Be 6:11
06.Ice Man 8:55

Albert Collins (October 1, 1932 — November 24, 1993) was a blues guitarist, singer and musician. He had many nicknames, such as "The Ice Man", "The Master of the Telecaster" and "The Razor Blade".
He formed his first band in 1952 and two years later was the headliner at several blues clubs in Houston. By the late 1950s Collins began using Fender Telecasters. He later chose a "maple-cap" 1966 Custom Fender Telecaster with a Gibson PAF humbucker in the neck position and a 100 watt RMS silverfaced 1970s Fender Quad Reverb combo as his main equipment, and developed a unique sound featuring minor tunings, sustained notes and an "attack" fingerstyle.
Collins began recording in 1960 and released singles, including many instrumentals such as the million selling "Frosty".
In the spring of 1965 he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and made a name for himself.
Many of Kansas City's recording studios had closed by the mid 1960s. Unable to record, Collins moved to California in 1967.
He settled in San Francisco and played many of the venues popular with the counter-culture. In early 1969 after playing a concert with Canned Heat, members of this band introduced him to Liberty Records. In appreciation, Collins’ first record title for United Artists "Love Can Be Found Anywhere", was taken from the lyrics of "Refried Hockey Boogie". Collins signed and released his first album on Imperial Records, a sister label, in 1968.
Collins remained in California for another five years, and was popular on double-billed shows at The Fillmore and the Winterland.
Collins moved back to Texas in 1973 and formed a new band. He was signed to Alligator Records in 1978 and recorded and released Ice Pickin'.
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Collins toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He was becoming a popular blues musician and was an influence for Coco Montoya, Robert Cray, Gary Moore, Debbie Davies, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayer and Frank Zappa.
In 1983, when he won the W. C. Handy Award for his album Don't Lose Your Cool, which won the award for best blues album of the year. In 1985, he shared a Grammy for the album Showdown!, which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland. The following year his solo release
Alongside George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Bo Diddley, Collins performed at Live Aid in 1985, playing "The Sky Is Crying" and "Madison Blues", at the JFK Stadium. He was the only black blues artist to appear.
Collins was invited to play at the 'Legends Of Guitar Festival' concerts in Seville, Spain at the Expo in 1992, where amongst others, he played "Iceman", the title track from his final studio album.
After falling ill at a show in Switzerland in late July 1993, he was diagnosed in mid August with lung cancer which had metastasized to his liver, with an expected survival time of four months. Parts of his last album, Live '92/'93, were recorded at shows that September; he died shortly afterwards, in November at the age of 61.
Another instance of Collins' humorous stage presence was recounted in the film documentary, Antones: Austin's Home of the Blues. Collins left the building, still plugged in and playing. Several minutes after Collins returned to the stage, a pizza delivery man came in and gave Collins the pizza he had just ordered when he left the building. Collins had gone to Milto's Pizza & Pasta through an adjoining alley and ordered while he was still playing.



Anonymous said...

the real KING of the TELECASTER !!!

I to am anonymous.

Anonymous said...

One of the most talented & exciting blues guitarists ever. George "I've Made a Career Out of Ripping Off Hound Dog Taylor" Thorogood isn't worthy to change his guitar strings, let alone stand on the same stage...

kingpossum said...

@Anonymous 6/9:

Second that. Thorogood is simply a covers artist who can't write a song to save his life, and nowhere near the genuine royalty of Mr. Collins.

Thanks for the post, Soundaboard.

rowland said...

Thanks for the post.
I always thought he was billed as "The master of the stratocaster"

M@J@ said...

Thanks for the great share. Albert has always been known as the 'Master of the Telecaster', never played a Stratocaster. The only Strat in his band was played by Debbie Davies!