Live Wire/Blues Power

Live Wire/Blues Power is a blues album by Albert King.[7] It was recorded live in 1968 at the Fillmore Auditorium.[8] Leftovers from the recordings were released on the albums Wednesday Night in San Francisco and Thursday Night in San Francisco.[9]

Live Wire / Blues Power
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 1968
VenueFillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
ProducerAl Jackson Jr.
Albert King chronology
Born Under a Bad Sign
Live Wire / Blues Power
Years Gone By
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[4]
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]

The album peaked at No. 150 on the Billboard 200.[10]


The album was produced by Al Jackson Jr.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Rolling Stone called the album "one man’s reworking of a classic format to make an intensely personal statement, invoking all the cliches without becoming for one second a cliche itself."[11] The Encyclopedia of Popular Music deemed it a "classic [that] introduced [King's] music to the white rock audience."[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Watermelon Man" (Herbie Hancock) – 4:04
  2. "Blues Power" (Albert King) – 10:18
  3. "Night Stomp" (Raymond Jackson, King) – 5:49
  4. "Blues at Sunrise" (King) – 8:44
  5. "Please Love Me" (B.B. King, Jules Taub) – 4:01
  6. "Look Out" (King) – 5:20[2]


  • Bill Halverson, Ron Capone - engineer
  • Ivan Nagy - cover photograph


  1. ^ Sutton, Bob (16 Jan 1993). "Albert King reshaped urban blues". Toronto Star. p. G3.
  2. ^ a b "Live Wire/Blues Power - Albert King | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 4. MUZE. p. 841.
  4. ^ a b MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 630.
  5. ^ Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. Penguin. p. 348. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.
  6. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 394.
  7. ^ "Albert King | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  8. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (23 Dec 1992). "Albert King: Influential Blues Guitarist". Los Angeles Times. p. 22.
  9. ^ Snowden, Don (7 Apr 1991). "Still Bluesy After All These Years". Los Angeles Times. Calendar. p. 66.
  10. ^ "Albert King". Billboard.
  11. ^ Greenberg, Jerrold (November 23, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2014.