ALBERT COLLINS "COLD SNAP"
1986 ALLIGATOR RECORDS 1st PRESS
Albert Collins, "The Master of the Telecaster," "The Iceman," and "The Razor Blade" was robbed of his best years as a blues performer by a bout with liver cancer that ended with his premature death on November 24, 1993. He was just 61 years old. The highly influential, totally original Collins, like the late John Campbell, was on the cusp of a much wider worldwide following via his deal with Virgin Records' Pointblank subsidiary. However, unlike Campbell, Collins had performed for many more years, in obscurity, before finally finding a following in the mid-'80s.
He recorded three albums for the Imperial label before jumping to Tumbleweed Records. There, several singles were produced by Joe Walsh, since the label was owned by the Eagles' producer Bill Szymczyk. The label folded in 1973. Despite the fact that he didn't record much through the 1970s and into the early '80s, he had gotten sufficient airplay around the U.S. with his singles to be able to continue touring, and so he did, piloting his own bus from gig to gig until at least 1988, when he and his backing band were finally able to use a driver. Collins' big break came about in 1977, when he was signed to the Chicago-based Alligator Records, and he released his brilliant debut for the label in 1978, Ice Pickin'. Collins recorded six more albums for the label, culminating in 1986's Cold Snap, on which organist Jimmy McGriff performs. It was at Alligator Records that Collins began to realize that he could sing adequately, and working with his wife Gwen, he co-wrote many of his classic songs, including items like "Mastercharge," and "Conversation With Collins."
Cold Snap has a stronger R&B direction than Collins's previous Alligator releases, most notably in the presence of a slicker production. That approach doesn't suit him particularly well -- he's at his best when he's just playing the blues, not when he's trying to sing. Nevertheless, he turns out a number of gripping solos, and that is what prevents Cold Snap from being too much of a disappointment. (AMDB)
Albert Collins – Cold Snap
Label: Alligator Records – AL 4752
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US Released: 1986
A1 Cash Talkin' (The Workingman's Blues) 4:30
A2 Bending Like A Willow Tree 4:23
A3 A Good Fool Is Hard To Find 4:15
A4 Lights Are On But Nobody's Home 5:59
B1 I Ain't Drunk 4:06
B2 Hooked On You 4:23
B3 Too Many Dirty Dishes 6:52
B4 Snatchin' It Back 3:33
B5 Fake I.D. 3:46
Recorded At – Streetville Studios
Bass – Johnny B. Gayden*
Drums, Percussion – Morris Jennings
Guitar, Vocals – Albert Collins
Horns – Uptown Horns, The*
Keyboards – Allen Batts (tracks: A2, B1, B3), Jimmy McGriff (tracks: A1, A3, A4, B2, B4, B5)
Rhythm Guitar – Mel Brown
Notes: Recorded and mixed at Streetville Studios, Chicago, IL
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