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Freddy King - The Very Best Of - Volume 3dotdotdot
artworkFreddy King is a blues player who's material found its way into surf sets in early days of reverb and drums. Tunes like "San-Ho-Zay" and "Hideaway" were commonly covered by surfbands. This CD includes 11 instros, virtually all in a more blues vein. "Freddy's Midnite Dream" is a downright surfable instro worth checking out.
Picks: Surf Monkey, Low Tide, Remington Ride, King-A-Ling, Man Hole, Fish Fare, Funny Bone, Cloud Sailin', The Sad Nite Owl, Nickel Plated, Freddy's Midnite Dream

Track by Track Review


Surf Monkey dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This is a saucy song with a kind of east LA feel, like a cross between Pachuko Soul and R&B. Groovy and suave, bluesy and fluid. It's on the jammy side, but is pretty durable.

Low Tide dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Funky blues riffs and a jammin' backtrack, miles from the surf idiom. Excellent playing as you might expect.

Remington Ride dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

An almost country blues tune, country in the Nashville or Bakersfield sense, blues in the guitar feel. Fun, and hard to pin down. Very optimistic.

King-A-Ling dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Very much influences by "Honky Tonk," this is a bluesy riff roller with cool rolling piano. Tasteful blues.

Man Hole dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Bouncy blues jam in a Memphis groove kinda way. "Man Hole" is more a guitar exercise than a song.

Fish Fare dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Fish Fare" is a slower long note blues, with cool piano and and an aquatic melody line. A bit of the "King Bee" stinging, and some pretty tortured notes connect to create a very cool track.

Funny Bone dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

A bit of a barnyard scratcher, "Funny Bone" plays on the chitlin' side of the tracks. It coulda been a Lonnie Mack kinda thing I think. Very fun track.

Cloud Sailin' dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Slow blues groovin on a lazy afternoon in the sun. A cool breeze crosses the front porch. Minimalist, but tasteful and enjoyable.

The Sad Nite Owl dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"The Sad Nite Owl" is a very slow classic blues jam. Not particularly unique, but very suave.

Nickel Plated dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

A "Shortnin' Bread" piano rhythm sets up the blues jam. Obviously groovin', but not terrible memorable.

Freddy's Midnite Dream dotdotdotdot
Surfable Blues (Instrumental)

This is one slow last dance tune. Beautiful melody line, almost lap steel ready, with a prom beat and plinky piano. Very nice track. Add a little spring reverb, and the islands will be in sight.