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Albert Collins • Master Of The Telecaster (Live)

 



Biography
by Richard Skelly
Albert Collins, "The Master of the Telecaster," "The Iceman," and "The Razor Blade" was robbed of his best years as a blues performer by a bout with liver cancer that ended with his premature death on November 24, 1993. He was just 61 years old. The highly influential, totally original Collins, like the late John Campbell, was on the cusp of a much wider worldwide following via his deal with Virgin Records' Pointblank subsidiary. However, unlike Campbell, Collins had performed for many more years, in obscurity, before finally finding a following in the mid-'80s.

Collins was born October 1, 1932, in Leona, TX. His family moved to Houston when he was seven. Growing up in the city's Third Ward area with the likes of Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Collins started out taking keyboard lessons. His idol when he was a teen was Hammond B-3 organist Jimmy McGriff. But by the time he was 18 years old, he switched to guitar, and hung out and heard his heroes, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins (his cousin) in Houston-area nightclubs. Collins began performing in these same clubs, going after his own style, characterized by his use of minor tunings and a capo, by the mid-'50s. It was also at this point that he began his "guitar walks" through the audience, which made him wildly popular with the younger white audiences he played for years later in the 1980s. He led a ten-piece band, the Rhythm Rockers, and cut his first single in 1958 for the Houston-based Kangaroo label, "The Freeze." The single was followed by a slew of other instrumental singles with catchy titles, including "Sno-Cone," "Icy Blue" and "Don't Lose Your Cool." All of these singles brought Collins a regional following. After recording "De-Frost" b/w "Albert's Alley" for Hall-Way Records of Beaumont, TX, he hit it big in 1962 with "Frosty," a million-selling single. Teenagers Janis Joplin and Johnny Winter, both raised in Beaumont, were in the studio when he recorded the song. According to Collins, Joplin correctly predicted that the single would become a hit. The tune quickly became part of his ongoing repertoire, and was still part of his live shows more than 30 years later, in the mid-'80s. Collins' percussive, ringing guitar style became his trademark, as he would use his right hand to pluck the strings. Blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix cited Collins as an influence in any number of interviews he gave.

Through the rest of the 1960s, Collins continued to work day jobs while pursuing his music with short regional tours and on weekends. He recorded for other small Texas labels, including Great Scott, Brylen and TFC. In 1968, Bob "The Bear" Hite from the blues-rock group Canned Heat took an interest in the guitarist's music, traveling to Houston to hear him live. Hite took Collins to California, where he was immediately signed to Imperial Records. By later 1968 and 1969, the '60s blues revival was still going on, and Collins got wider exposure opening for groups like the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Collins based his operations for many years in Los Angeles before moving to Las Vegas in the late '80s.

He recorded three albums for the Imperial label before jumping to Tumbleweed Records. There, several singles were produced by Joe Walsh, since the label was owned by the Eagles' producer Bill Szymczyk. The label folded in 1973. Despite the fact that he didn't record much through the 1970s and into the early '80s, he had gotten sufficient airplay around the U.S. with his singles to be able to continue touring, and so he did, piloting his own bus from gig to gig until at least 1988, when he and his backing band were finally able to use a driver. Collins' big break came about in 1977, when he was signed to the Chicago-based Alligator Records, and he released his brilliant debut for the label in 1978, Ice Pickin'. Collins recorded six more albums for the label, culminating in 1986's Cold Snap, on which organist Jimmy McGriff performs. It was at Alligator Records that Collins began to realize that he could sing adequately, and working with his wife Gwen, he co-wrote many of his classic songs, including items like "Mastercharge," and "Conversation With Collins."

His other albums for Alligator include Live in Japan, Don't Lose Your Cool, Frozen Alive! and Frostbite. An album he recorded with fellow guitarists Robert Cray and Johnny "Clyde" Copeland for Alligator in 1985, Showdown! brought a Grammy award for all three musicians. His Cold Snap, released in 1986, was nominated for a Grammy award.

In 1989, Collins signed with the Pointblank subsidiary of major label Virgin Records, and his debut, Iceman, was released in 1991. The label released the compilation Collins Mix in 1993. Other compact-disc reissues of his early recordings were produced by other record companies who saw Collins' newfound popularity on the festival and theater circuit, and they include Complete Imperial Recordings on EMI Records (1991) and Truckin' With Albert Collins (1992) on MCA Records. Collins' sessionography is also quite extensive. The albums he performs on include David Bowie's Labyrinth, John Zorn's Spillane, Jack Bruce's A Question of Time, John Mayall's Wake Up Call, B.B. King's Blues Summit, Robert Cray's Shame and a Sin, and Branford Marsalis' Super Models in Deep Conversation.

Although he'd spent far too much time in the 1970s without recording, Collins could sense that the blues were coming back stronger in the mid-'80s, with interest in Stevie Ray Vaughan at an all-time high. Collins enjoyed some media celebrity in the last few years of his life, via concert appearances at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with David Letterman, in the Touchstone film, Adventures in Babysitting, and in a classy Seagram's Wine Cooler commercial with Bruce Willis. The blues revival that Collins, Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds helped bring about in the mid-'80s has continued into the mid-'90s. But sadly, Collins has not been able to take part in the ongoing evolution of the music.
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/albert-collins-mn0000611102/biography

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Biografía
por Richard Skelly
Albert Collins, "el maestro de la Telecaster", "el hombre de hielo" y "la hoja de afeitar", se vio privado de sus mejores años como intérprete de blues por un ataque de cáncer de hígado que acabó con su muerte prematura el 24 de noviembre de 1993. Sólo tenía 61 años. Collins, muy influyente y totalmente original, al igual que el difunto John Campbell, estaba a punto de conseguir muchos más seguidores en todo el mundo gracias a su contrato con la filial Pointblank de Virgin Records. Sin embargo, a diferencia de Campbell, Collins había actuado durante muchos más años, en la oscuridad, antes de encontrar finalmente un seguimiento a mediados de los 80.

Collins nació el 1 de octubre de 1932 en Leona, Texas. Su familia se trasladó a Houston cuando él tenía siete años. Creció en la zona del Third Ward de la ciudad, con gente como Johnny "Guitar" Watson y Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, y empezó a tomar clases de teclado. Su ídolo cuando era adolescente era el organista de Hammond B-3 Jimmy McGriff. Pero a los 18 años se pasó a la guitarra, y salió a escuchar a sus héroes, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker y Lightnin' Hopkins (su primo) en los clubes nocturnos del área de Houston. Collins comenzó a actuar en estos mismos clubes, siguiendo su propio estilo, caracterizado por el uso de afinaciones menores y una cejilla, a mediados de los años 50. Fue también en ese momento cuando empezó a hacer sus "paseos con la guitarra" entre el público, lo que le hizo muy popular entre el público blanco más joven para el que tocó años después, en la década de 1980. Dirigió una banda de diez músicos, los Rhythm Rockers, y grabó su primer sencillo en 1958 para el sello Kangaroo de Houston, "The Freeze". A este sencillo le siguieron otros sencillos instrumentales con títulos pegadizos, como "Sno-Cone", "Icy Blue" y "Don't Lose Your Cool". Todos estos singles hicieron que Collins tuviera un seguimiento regional. Después de grabar "De-Frost" b/w "Albert's Alley" para Hall-Way Records de Beaumont, TX, alcanzó el éxito en 1962 con "Frosty", un single que vendió un millón de copias. Los adolescentes Janis Joplin y Johnny Winter, ambos criados en Beaumont, estaban en el estudio cuando grabó la canción. Según Collins, Joplin predijo correctamente que el sencillo se convertiría en un éxito. La melodía se convirtió rápidamente en parte de su repertorio habitual, y seguía formando parte de sus espectáculos en directo más de 30 años después, a mediados de los 80. El estilo percusivo y sonoro de la guitarra de Collins se convirtió en su marca registrada, ya que utilizaba su mano derecha para pulsar las cuerdas. El guitarrista de blues-rock Jimi Hendrix citó a Collins como influencia en numerosas entrevistas que concedió.

Durante el resto de la década de 1960, Collins continuó con sus trabajos diurnos mientras seguía con su música con breves giras regionales y los fines de semana. Grabó para otros pequeños sellos de Texas, como Great Scott, Brylen y TFC. En 1968, Bob "The Bear" Hite, del grupo de blues-rock Canned Heat, se interesó por la música del guitarrista y viajó a Houston para escucharlo en directo. Hite se llevó a Collins a California, donde fue contratado inmediatamente por Imperial Records. A finales de 1968 y 1969, el renacimiento del blues de los 60 seguía su curso, y Collins consiguió una mayor exposición abriendo para grupos como los Allman Brothers en el Fillmore West de San Francisco. Collins basó sus operaciones durante muchos años en Los Ángeles antes de trasladarse a Las Vegas a finales de los 80.

Grabó tres álbumes para el sello Imperial antes de dar el salto a Tumbleweed Records. Allí, varios singles fueron producidos por Joe Walsh, ya que el sello era propiedad del productor de los Eagles, Bill Szymczyk. El sello cerró en 1973. A pesar de que no grabó mucho durante la década de los 70 y principios de los 80, había conseguido suficiente difusión en Estados Unidos con sus singles para poder seguir de gira, y así lo hizo, pilotando su propio autobús de un concierto a otro hasta al menos 1988, cuando él y su banda de acompañamiento pudieron finalmente utilizar un conductor. La gran oportunidad de Collins llegó en 1977, cuando fue contratado por Alligator Records, con sede en Chicago, y publicó su brillante debut para el sello en 1978, Ice Pickin'. Collins grabó seis álbumes más para el sello, que culminaron con Cold Snap, de 1986, en el que actúa el organista Jimmy McGriff. Fue en Alligator Records donde Collins comenzó a darse cuenta de que podía cantar adecuadamente, y trabajando con su esposa Gwen, coescribió muchas de sus canciones clásicas, incluyendo temas como "Mastercharge" y "Conversation With Collins".

Sus otros álbumes para Alligator incluyen Live in Japan, Don't Lose Your Cool, Frozen Alive! y Frostbite. Un álbum que grabó con sus compañeros guitarristas Robert Cray y Johnny "Clyde" Copeland para Alligator en 1985, Showdown! supuso un premio Grammy para los tres músicos. Su álbum Cold Snap, publicado en 1986, fue nominado a un premio Grammy.

En 1989, Collins firmó con la filial Pointblank del gran sello Virgin Records, y su debut, Iceman, se publicó en 1991. La discográfica publicó el recopilatorio Collins Mix en 1993. Otras reediciones en disco compacto de sus primeras grabaciones fueron producidas por otras compañías discográficas que vieron la nueva popularidad de Collins en el circuito de festivales y teatros, e incluyen Complete Imperial Recordings en EMI Records (1991) y Truckin' With Albert Collins (1992) en MCA Records. La sesionografía de Collins también es bastante extensa. Entre los álbumes en los que actúa se encuentran Labyrinth de David Bowie, Spillane de John Zorn, A Question of Time de Jack Bruce, Wake Up Call de John Mayall, Blues Summit de B.B. King, Shame and a Sin de Robert Cray y Super Models in Deep Conversation de Branford Marsalis.

Aunque había pasado demasiado tiempo en la década de los 70 sin grabar, Collins podía sentir que el blues volvía con más fuerza a mediados de los 80, con el interés por Stevie Ray Vaughan en su punto más alto. Collins disfrutó de cierta celebridad mediática en los últimos años de su vida, a través de apariciones en conciertos en el Carnegie Hall, en el programa Late Night with David Letterman, en la película de Touchstone, Adventures in Babysitting, y en un elegante anuncio de Seagram's Wine Cooler con Bruce Willis. El renacimiento del blues que Collins, Vaughan y los Fabulosos Thunderbirds ayudaron a provocar a mediados de los 80 ha continuado a mediados de los 90. Pero, lamentablemente, Collins no ha podido participar en la continua evolución de la música.
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/albert-collins-mn0000611102/biography


Tracklist:
01 – Sweet Home Chicago 04:13
02 – Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay 05:03
03 – Talk To Your Daughter 04:04
04 – Howlin' 04:59
05 – Master Of The Telecaster 06:00
06 – I've Got A Mind To Travel 10:10
07 – Frosty 05:24
08 – Cold, Cold Feeling 08:37
09 – Ice Pickin' 03:30
10 – Stand By Me 08:15
11 – Got My Mojo Workin' 12:12
12 – She's Fine 05:24
13 – Thaw Out 07:54
14 – The Things I Used To Do 05:16
15 – Caledonia 06:15
16 – Master Charge 06:20
17 – Conversation With Collins 09:12
18 – Cold Cuts 18:43

Credits:
Albert Collins - Guitar, vocals
Johnny Cayden - Bass
Aaron Corthen - Saxophone
Casey Jones  - Drums
Rod Noll  - Guitar

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