Chris Thomas KING – It's A Cold-Ass World, The Beginning 1986

Chris Thomas KING – It’s A Cold-Ass World, The Beginning 1986
2001 Issue.
Recorded at Reel To Reel Sound Factory, Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1986

Blues

King’s debut album was released in 1986 when he was still billed as Chris Thomas. It’s quality modern blues that sounds cognizant of contemporary trends without being forced. Largely written by King, the songs are reasonably satisfying electric blues that admit some influences from modern blues-rock players, particularly Jimi Hendrix, as well as a bit of funk and rock in the rhythm. At the same time he ground out some down-home gutbucket boogie blues that would be at home in a Southern roadhouse, like “Soon This Morning” and “Take Yo Time,” and Chuck Berry-type songwriting with “Mary Jane.” The rhythm section can sound a little flat and under-recorded, but at least underproduction serves this sort of music better than overproduction does. The record was reissued on CD, billed to Chris Thomas King under the new title It’s a Cold Ass World — The Beginning, on Arhoolie in 2001, with new historical liner notes.
By Richie Unterberger, AMG.
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This is a CD reissue of King’s debut album, released in 1986 as simply The Beginning, when he was still billed as Chris Thomas. It’s quality modern blues that sounds cognizant of contemporary trends without being forced. Largely written by King, the songs are reasonably satisfying electric blues that admit some influences from modern blues-rock players, particularly Jimi Hendrix, as well as a bit of funk and rock in the rhythm. At the same time, he grounds out some down-home gutbucket boogie blues that would be at home in a Southern roadhouse, like “Soon This Morning” and “Take Yo Time,” and Chuck Berry-type songwriting with “Mary Jane.” The rhythm section can sound a little flat and under-recorded, but at least underproduction serves this sort of music better than overproduction does.
By Richie Unterberger, AMG.

Chris Thomas King- (Vocals, Guitar);
Joe Hunter- (Bass);
Tasmmy Thomas- (Drums).
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01. The Blues Is Back 3:37
02. Soon In The Morning 3:48
03. Cheatin’ Women Blues 4:38
04. Cocaine 6:28
05. Mary Jane 2:54
06. Take Yo Time 3:44
07. Going Home To Louisana 3:43
08. South Side Shuffle 1:44
09. You’ll Be Sorry, Babe 8:19
10. Don’t Work To Hard 3:16
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