Albert Collins, Ice Pickin’

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 07.27.11 in Reviews
Letting his Tele do most of the talking

Collins had an impressive bag of tricks — minor key tunings, capo, percussive attack, bent and sustained notes — to flaunt when he joined Alligator in the late ’70s. The effect was nothing short of cataclysmic. Barely adequate as a singer, he lets his Tele do most of the talking, via biting little fills and long runaway solos that definitely earn titles like “Avalanche.” And that was the case whether he was being deadly serious (“When the Welfare Turns Its Back on You”) or tongue-in-cheek (“Master Charge”).