His 1991 signing by Virgin Records' blues subsidiary, Pointblank Records, ushered in a new and even more prolific chapter in Collins' career, marked by two new albums, numerous guest appearances on other artists' records, and plenty of raucous tour dates.
His stellar albums were released by a variety of labels, including Imperial, Tumbleweed, Alligator, and most recently Pointblank Records.
John Wooler, head of Pointblank Records, said: "Not only was Albert a truly original, unique musician, he was also a great personal friend.
Phil Quartararo, president and chief executive officer of Virgin Records America, Pointblank Records' parent company, said: "It has been a rare privilege to work with someone with so much musical and personal integrity.
Veteran soul man and preacher Solomon Burke, who scored a string of pop and r&b hits in the '60s and early '70s (``Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms),'' ``Got to Get You Off My Mind''), returns to form with this delightful album, his first for Virgin's Pointblank