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Friday, February 22, 2013

Albert Collins & Gilles Gellin Beaujolais 2010

Albert Collins was known by various names including "The Master of the Telecaster," "The Iceman," and "The Razor Blade." He wrung sounds out of a customized Telecaster that most guitarists can only dream about. In fact, it’s said that his sound could strip the paint off a car. A blues man at heart, his repertoire also included funk, rock, and jazz. His songs are stories, some of them hilarious.

He played in obscurity until the white blues band, Canned Heat, persuaded him to the West Coast. It proved to be a good move because in 1968 he recorded his first album for Imperial Records. The label didn’t last and he slipped out of sight until 1978 when he signed with the premier blues label, alligator Records.

If you watch him play, you may find his chording strange. That’s because he didn’t use standard tuning on his guitars. For example, when he played in the key of D minor, his guitar was tuned (low to high) D-A-D-F-A-D and he often used a capo instead of shifting fingerings. And of course, no sweep picking for Albert. He was strictly a finger picker.

Tragically, the world was robbed of his best years as a blues performer by liver cancer that ended with his premature death on November 24, 1993. He was just 61 years old.

A good fool is hard to find:
Further on down the road:

French Burgundies are some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world, which is the reason Beaujolais isn’t appreciated as much as it should be. After all Beaujolais are burgundies. I’ve had a 2009 version of the wine I’m featuring tonight and I loved it. The 2010 is even better. Gilles Gelin Beaujolais Villages is full of juicy red raspberries and cherries with a touch of pepper on the nose. The red fruit is echoed on the palate with a structure like a fine Côte de Beaune Pinot Noir, but at $14.00 a bottle, you can enjoy it without choking on the price. I must admit, I love Beaujolais, so perhaps I’m prejudiced. But dang, this is good wine.


1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

He's got a great sense of rhythm in his chops. I like the idea of stripping paint with a guitar sound, that rocks!