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Albert Collins: Ice Pickin' (Sonet)

Pete Wingfield, Melody Maker, March 1979

IN THE game of guitar-hero one-upmanship during the blues boom days of the mid-late Sixties, Albert Collins' was the name to zap 'em with. Through Green, Clapton and the rest, everybody knew the Kings – B. B., Albert, and Freddie – Buddy Guy and Elmore James; but who was this Great Unknown, this Texan with a Telecaster that stung like a tarantula, this shadowy figure with a nifty line in dry humour and a thing about refrigeration?

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