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Freddy King - Freddy King... Gives You A Bonanza Of Instrumentalsdotdotdot
artworkThis vintage album contains a mix of mostly good tracks that are very well played. Freddy King was a blues artist that influenced a number of Southern California surfbands in his day, such as The Lively Ones. He was a superb musician, but often played fairly jammy material.
Picks: Freeway 75, Funny Bone, Freddy's Midnite Dream, Fish Fare, Cloud Sailin', Remington Ride

Track by Track Review


Man Hole dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

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

Freeway 75 dotdotdot
R&B Surf (Instrumental)

The guitar tone is unusual for Freddy King, and the riff rock structure is perhaps a bit less blues and more rock. Chamber reverb on the guitar gives it an almost surfish edge. Very tasteful.

Low Tide dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

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

The Sad Nite Owl dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

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

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.

Nickel Plated dotdotdot
R&B Surf (Instrumental)

With a backtrack that could have been used for "Shortnin' Bread," this track is just a riff rock jam. Very good playing, but not very interesting writing. The drums are interesting, however.

King-A-Ling dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.