Although this live album wasn’t released until 1988, it was actually recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973. Material from King’s appearance at Montreux was also used on “Blues At Sunset” and in many ways, the two live albums compliment one another perfectly.
Albert’s guitar tone soars from the opening version of “Don’t Burn Down That Bridge”. The slow minor blues of Ray Charles’ “I Believe To My Soul” features some of King’s most emotive lead and vocal work and the closing performance of “Roadhouse Blues” is a 10 minute slow blues tour de force.
Often imitated, but never quite equalled, Blues At Sunrise is the perfect snapshot of King at his peak.