Albert Collins - Ice Pickin
  • Honey Hush!
  • When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
  • Ice Pick
  • Cold, Cold Feeling
  • Too Tired
  • Master Charge
  • Conversations With Collins
  • Avalanche
  • Honey Hush!
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:29) [10.24 MB]
  • When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:26) [12.45 MB]
  • Ice Pick
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:09) [7.21 MB]
  • Cold, Cold Feeling
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:19) [12.18 MB]
  • Too Tired
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:01) [6.91 MB]
  • Master Charge
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:12) [11.9 MB]
  • Conversations With Collins
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (08:51) [20.27 MB]
  • Avalanche
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:40) [6.09 MB]
Biography
There has never been and may never be again a bluesman quite like Albert Collins. "The Master Of The Telecaster" was born on October 1, 1932, in Leona, Texas. A cousin of the legendary Lightnin' Hopkins, Collins emerged with a blues sound and style all his own, featuring a combination of icy echo, shattering, ringing, sustained high notes, an ultra-percussive right-hand attack, and an unheard-of minor key guitar tuning (taught to him by his cousin Willow Young). Deeply influenced by T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and Gatemouth Brown, Collins absorbed the sounds of Mississippi, Chicago, and especially Texas. He formed his own band in 1952, packing clubs around Houston. In the early 1960s, Collins' "cool sound" instrumentals like the million-seller “Frosty” (recorded with a young Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin in attendance at the studio) and follow-ups “Sno Cone” and “Thaw Out” were all over R&B radio. Soon he was sharing stages with his idols Gatemouth Brown and T-Bone Walker.

Then, in the mid-'60s (following a move from Texas to Kansas City to California), Collins broke into the rock 'n' roll world, releasing three albums produced by members of Canned Heat, and began playing the San Francisco psychedelic circuit. But Albert's greatest success came after he signed with Alligator in 1978 and cut Ice Pickin'. It won the Best Blues Album of the Year Award from the Montreux Jazz Festival, and was nominated for a Grammy. His following Alligator albums helped earn Collins every award the blues world had to offer. And, along with Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray (who decided on a career as a bluesman after seeing Collins play his high school prom) Collins cut the Grammy-winning Showdown!.

Even after he was firmly established as a major modern bluesman, Collins never got too big for his fans and friends, and never took things easy. And he never relinquished the wheel of his battered tour bus that he loved to drive so much. Along with his band, The Icebreakers, Collins' live shows -- driven by his kinetic stage presence -- were legendary testaments to the power of the blues. With his untimely death in 1993, Albert Collins left behind a blues legacy that continues to amaze and delight blues fans all over the world.
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  • Members:
    ALBERT COLLINS: Guitar & Vocals; LARRY BURTON: Guitar; ALAN BATTS: Keyboards; ARON BURTON: Bass; CASEY JONES: Drums; A.C. REED: Tenor Sax; CHUCK SMITH: Baritone Sax
  • Sounds Like:
    A CD
  • Influences:
    T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
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    10/10/14
  • Profile Last Updated:
    10/18/19 00:49:44

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