Like the other blues-guitar Kings, B.B. and Albert, Freddie had a huge impact on rock. His six-string slashing inspired everyone from Clapton to Stevie Ray, and this concert-taped two years before his death-finds him tearin' up Big Legged Woman; Woman Across the River , and more-plus interviews and King's only known acoustic recordings!
This Atlanta concert wasn't issued in recorded form for two decades. Archival releases of this sort tend to be for collectors only, but this is a cut above the standard. The sound is very good, the band is pretty tight, and Freddie King solos with fire and sings with conviction, sticking mostly to covers of warhorses like "Dust My Broom," "Key to the Highway," and "Sweet Home Chicago." It's a better deal, in fact, than his studio albums for Shelter in the early '70s, boasting a no-frills small-combo approach that is far more suitable. As a neat bonus, it also contains two solo acoustic performances recorded at a Dallas radio station in the 1970s. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi