Albert KingBorn Under A Bad Sign (Mono)
DETAILSEvent: RECORD STORE DAY 2019
Release Date: 4/13/2019
Label: Craft Recordings
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Born Under A Bad Sign is Albert King’s legendary first album for Stax Records, and features Booker T. & The MGs and the Memphis Horns. The Indianola, Mississippi-born “King of the Blues Guitar,” cemented his legacy with this debut set. While he’d recorded for labels like Vee-Jay, Parrot and Bobbin, it was his chemistry with the Stax team — label executives Al Bell, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, songwriters Booker T. Jones and William Bell, and backing from Booker T. & the MGs and the Memphis Horns — that put King on the blues map. King’s first Stax recording was “Laundromat Blues,” included on this album. Booker T. Jones and Stax soul singer William Bell came up with the thundering bass riff that defined the title track “Born Under a Bad Sign.” The song notched #49 on the R&B chart in 1967. The album has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and included in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” This ALL-ANALOG reissue has been mastered from the original mono tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing. The mono mix of this album has been unavailable on vinyl since the album's original 1967 release.
TRACK LISTING: Side A: 1. Born Under a Bad Sign 2. Crosscut Saw 3. Kansas City 4. Oh, Pretty Woman 5. Down Don't Bother Me 6. The Hunter Side B: 1. I Almost Lost My Mind 2. Personal Manager 3. Laundromat Blues 4. As the Years Go Passing By 5. The Very Thought of You