Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Albert King

Further Notes:

Subjects for Further Research [1970s]: I've always found myself unmoved by Albert's broad-beamed variation on B.B.'s blues, but I've never been convinced that this was Albert's fault. It's generally believed, though, that the man's best stuff was cut for Stax in the '60s: he spent most of the '70s trying to go pop, with predictable results. For an eloquent defense, see Robert Palmer's notes on Albert King Live (Utopia '77).