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  • Personnel: Freddie King (vocals, electric guitar); Leon Russell (guitar, piano); Don Preston (guitar); Jon Gallie (organ); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Charles Blackwell, Charles Myers (drums); Claudia Lennear, Kathi McDonald, Don Preston, Joey Cooper (background vocals).
  • Reissue producer: Tom Cartwright.
  • Recorded at Chess Studios, Chicago, Illinois in October 1970. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
  • Although a Texas boy, King came to musical maturity on Chicago's West Side, along with Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy. During the early 60s, he made a groundbreaking series of records, vocal and instrumental - "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" and "Hideaway" later became standards during the British blues boom. In 1966, he made a couple of lacklustre records before signing with Leon Russell's Shelter label. Russell had a deep appreciation of King's music and knew how to combine traditional material with contemporary arrangements. It showed that Freddie's talents were still intact on a set of standard blues that included "Dust My Broom", and "Key To The Highway". The diamond however is "Going Down", with the world's greatest descending riff.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (7/8/71, p.44) - "...Be the first kid on your block to have Freddie King tear the roof off your home, and buy GETTIN' READY..."
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