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Released: 1978

Rating: 4.602 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: rock > blues

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Album Tracks:

  1. Honey, Hush!
  2. When the Welfare Turns Its Back on You
  3. Ice Pick
  4. Cold, Cold Feeling
  5. Too Tired
  6. Master Charge
  7. Conversation with Collins
  8. Avalanche


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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none


Blues Hall of Fame album inductee

Ice Pickin’
Albert Collins
“Until this album was released in 1978, Albert Collins had been a journeyman Texas bluesman, little known and unrecorded for six years. His guitar playing here won him a new generation of fans, and set the stage for the popularity he enjoyed until his death. His clustered, sustained, choked, and bent notes, played with his thumb and fingers, set a generation of pickers agog. The tone was piercing; the timing impeccable. Collins’ vocals were never quite as strong, but it scarcely mattered as he was the man for whom the electric guitar might have been invented. The eight songs on this set include When the Welfare Turns Its Back on You, and several jaw-dropping instrumentals” (Escott).

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Last updated November 13, 2008.