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Albert King live wire/blues power

If you want to understand what makes Albert King such a much loved guitar player and purveyor of the blues then look no further than “Live Wire/Blues Power” his 1968 release. Recorded live at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in June 1968 it is a record that is full of King’s searing guitar and his unique vocals.

King was a regular at the Fillmore, playing there probably more times than any other blues artist. He played three nights at the gig from 25th to 27th June , with support from Loading Zone and Rain. Loading Zone was a local band who released their debut album in 1968, but they never rose above the role of a support band; Rain have been lost to the mists of time.

The opening number is a cover of Herbie Hancock’s ‘Watermelon Man’ that Albert turns into a funky fanfare for what is to follow. It’s followed by one of King’s defining numbers, the soaring Blues Power which features some of his finest searing guitar, accompanied by a trademark homily; Stax released it in edited form as a single. This is one of the four self penned numbers on the record and not to be confused with the song of the same name written by Eric Clapton and Leon Russell.

‘Night Stomp’ that follows is co-written by King, Raymond Jackson and Al Jackson Jr. Al produced the album and was the drummer and a founding member of Booker T & The MGs. Raymond, no relation to Al, was also from Memphis and wrote many songs for Stax Records.

‘Blues Before Sunrise’, another King original, is the epitome of a slow blues burner, full of fire and ice, one of those numbers to play people who may have some lingering doubt that the blues are for them. A cover of BB King’s ‘Please Love Me’ follows, with its traditional, ‘dust my broom’ riff. Throughout the band of Willie James Exon-Guitar, James Washington-Bass, Rooselvelt Pointer-Bass, and Theotis Morgan-Drums support King in the perfect way, giving him the space to play.

The set closes with King’s ‘Look Out’ with it’s fast ‘walking bass’ line it shows why Albert King was so beloved by the San Francisco rock crowd who adored Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger service, The Steve Miller Band and the Dead…all of them took influence from the blues and Albert King was the real deal.

There’s not a blues guitarist that has not copped King’s licks and fallen under his spell, in part because this became Albert’s first album to make the Billboard chart on 16 November 1968; it only made No.150 but that’s not the point.

Play it LOUD and relish a night with Albert King at the Fillmore.

THERE IS NO BIGGER NAME IN THE ART AND COLLECTIBLES WORLD THAN ANDY WARHOL. Period. It’s indisputable and will in the long run be the overriding fact that determines the future value and desirability of this poster. This lot is more than just a concert poster. There are literally several thousands of serious Warhol collectors around the world that would love to own this poster. None of these collectors even know that it exists. Why? Because very few are known of today! Billions of dollars of wealth have been created by the Andy Warhol brand. Those lucky enough to acquire one of his early pieces have become multi-millionaires. Those that had the foresight to buy his work in quantity, now have a solid 9 figure $100,000,000+ net worth. That’s right, hundreds of millions of dollars have been made by single collectors with Warhol.

Poster – Andy Warhol, Fillmore Auditorium
Catalog #BG-8
Grade – CGC 9.4
Bands/Bill – Andy Warhol and His Plastic Inevitable, Velvet Underground, Mothers, Nico
Venue- Fillmore Auditorium
City – San Francisco, California
Date – 5/27-29/66

Jim Phillips, a Santa Cruz native, is a graphic artist whose design work includes rock posters, skateboard decks and surfer T-shirts. Permanently settling in California in 1968 with his wife and new son, Phillips began designing for Bill Graham Presents and Family Dog, where he later became Art Director. Phillips has always encouraged beginning artists, and he continues to paint surfer and skateboard art, designs the infrequent poster and collaborates on various projects with his artist son, Jimbo.

This poster is sure to become a cornerstone of the finest quality Bill Graham poster collection. Other 9.0+ example may eventually surface, but none will ever exceed this mind boggling example! It will take a very strong bid to acquire this museum piece but history shows that today’s stretch price is tomorrow incredible bargain. The key is to be the colector that actually ends up with finest known classic rarities such as this!

Poster – Jefferson Airplane, Fillmore Auditorium

Catalog #BG-17
Grade – CGC Grade 9.8
Bands/Bill – Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead
Venue – Fillmore Auditorium
City – San Francisco, CA
Date –7/15-17/66
Dimensions – 13 7/8”x 20 3/64”
Printing – OP-1, Original Pre-Concert First Printing
Artist – Wes Wilson
Series/Promoter – Bill Graham
Paper Type – Vellum
Condition Deatils- Absolutely Superb. Razor sharp pinpoint colors, bright fresh colors and flawless paper. Unimprovable condition for the collector that only the best will do. Could be many years until a comparable example surfaces, the time to act is NOW!