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sábado, 30 de junio de 2018

Albert Collins • Don't Lose Your Cool



Review by Stephen Cook
Keeping up with his "Iceman" moniker, Albert Collins delivers with his fourth Alligator release Don't Lose Your Cool. The title cut was one of his first instrumental hits back in the late '50s and here it's given a gritty, organ-driven workout à la one of his heroes and onetime collaborators, Jimmy McGriff. Forging on in this impressively diverse set, Collins revels in the humorous, spoken commentary of Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "But I Was Cool" (reminiscent of Collins' spoken interludes on the John Zorn piece "Spillane"), updates the jump-blues antics of Big Walter Price's "Get to Gettin'," and closes the set out with a faithful take on Guitar Slim's "Quicksand." He also adds a few of his own impressive cuts here, including the funky, syncopated New Orleans groove "Melt Down" and the Stax 'n' blues cut "Ego Trip." Throughout, of course, Collins comes up with plenty of his grating, barbed wire guitar licks and rough-hewn vocals. Riding atop his crack, seven-piece Ice Breakers band (including a fine horn section), Collins certainly keeps things burnin' on this set, while still living up to all the icy allusions with some of the most cool and urbane modern blues on record.


Tracklist:
1 - Get To Gettin' - 3:12
2 - My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me - 7:42
3 - Broke - 4:12
4 - Don't Lose Your Cool - 4:39
5 - When A Guitar Plays The Blues - 5:12
6 - ...But I Was Cool! - 3:09
7 - Melt Down - 4:03
8 - Ego Trip - 4:32
9 - Quicksand - 3:28

Credits:
Bass – Johnny Gayden
Co-producer – Bruce Iglauer, Dick Shurman
Cover – McCamant A&D, Inc.
Drums, Vocals – Casey Jones (2)
Engineer, Mixed By – Fred Breitberg
Guitar – Larry Burton
Guitar, Vocals, Co-producer – Albert Collins
Keyboards – Chris Foreman (2)
Photography By – Michael Weinstein
Tenor Saxophone – A.C. Reed
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Abb Locke, Dino Spells

Notes:
Recorded and Mixed at Red Label Recording, Winnetka, Illinois.
The band-members are credited as the Ice Breakers.
Portions of the liner notes are based on an article written by Don McLeese for the Chicago Reader

Label: Alligator Records ‎– ALCD 4730
Released: 1987
Genre: Blues
Style: Texas Blues













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  1. Albert Collins is the ultimate showman and comedienne acting out his humorous theater right in the middle of his blues songs... and his blues music, bands, and guitar skills make Collins the equal of any musician ... but Collin's sense of humor makes him the best of the best.... AND THIS ALBUM IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE

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