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Together: The Complete Modern And Kent Recordings

Together: The Complete Modern And Kent Recordings


Combining late-'60s sides by Al King and Arthur K. Adams -- recorded separately by Kings and Adams as solo artists, not together as a duo -- onto one CD might seem a little awkward. It does pretty much make sense for a bunch of reasons, however. Not the least of them is that since King's the billed artist on a dozen of the 22 tracks, and Adams (whether as a solo artist, part of the duo Arthur & Mary, or a duet partner with Edna Wright) on ten, it's better value to combine their work of the era in one disc. In addition, both artists recorded for the Kent and Modern labels, and Adams even plays on the cuts by King, who (unlike every other noted bluesman named King) was not a guitarist. Finally, both of them were laying down the sort of California blues-soul sound which the Modern label was often issuing in the late '60s, though it wasn't a regional blues mini-genre destined to make a major impact, either commercially or artistically. These are for the part pleasantly upbeat if journeyman recordings, lacking as much bite in the vocal or instrumental department as the best practitioners of the style, such as B.B. King, who of course had long been one of Modern's biggest stars before moving to a different label. While there are fairly strong similarities between the work of Al King and Adams as heard on this CD, the sides by Adams have the edge as they're markedly leaner and meaner, though similarly lacking killer tunes. More soul-oriented, and (if just slightly) more pop-influenced than much blues of the period, this CD includes eight previously unreleased items, though these include a long version, a backing track, and some alternates. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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  • Label: Ace (Label)
  • UPC: 029667044127
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Track listings

  • 1. My Name Is Misery (Mono)
  • 2. Ain't Givin' Up Nothin' (Mono)
  • 3. Better To Be By Yourself (Mono)
  • 4. It's Getting Late (Mono)
  • 5. Thrill Is Gone, The (Mono)
  • 6. Bad Understanding [2010] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 7. World Needs Love, The
  • 8. Lovin' You [2010] (Previously Unreleased, Mono)
  • 9. I Still Care For You [2010] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 10. Get Lost (Mono)
  • 11. Without A Warning (Mono)
  • 12. Maybe My Last Song [Backing Track] [2010] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 13. She Drives Me Out Of My Mind [Full Length Version] (Previously Unreleased)
  • 14. Gimme Some Of Your Lovin' (Mono)
  • 15. I Need You (Mono)
  • 16. I'm Lonely For You (Mono)
  • 17. Let Your Hair Down (Mono)
  • 18. You Make Me Cry [2010] (Previously Unreleased, Mono)
  • 19. Let's Get Together (Previously Unreleased, Take, Alternate Take, Mono)
  • 20. Is That You (Mono)
  • 21. I Need You (Previously Unreleased, Take, Alternate Take)
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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