The seventh volume in Ace's ongoing series based on B.B. King's original Crown LPs with 8 bonus tracks.
Originally released as "Blues For Me" in 1961, re-titled "More B.B. King", this disc is augmented by hard to find Kent 45s from the early to mid sixties.
Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. A contemporary blues guitar solo without at least a couple of recognizable King-inspired bent notes is all but unimaginable, and he remains a supremely confident singer capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric (and he's tried his hand at many an unlikely song, anybody recall his version of "Love Me Tender?"). This live recording album features 9 tracks.
Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan is the thirty seventh studio album by B. B. King, released in 1999. It is a tribute album to Jazz/Jump Blues saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan, and is made up entirely of covers of songs written or performed by Jordan. As well as King, the album features other famous jazz and blues musicians including Dr. John, Earl Palmer and members of Ray Charles' band.
The 2012 two-disc anthology The Blues King's Best compiles many of legendary guitarist B.B. King's recordings. The first disc features studio recordings from 1949 to 1960 and the second disc showcases live recordings from various dates over the years – some well past 1960. Included are such stellar studio recordings as "B.B. Boogie," "Please Love Me," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "The Thrill Is Gone," "How Blue Can You Get?," and many others. This a solid collection that works well as a thorough overview of King's long career.
The Spirituals as B.B. King's 4th Crown LP, recorded in 1959 as a dedicated gospel album. The song selection literally represents a greatest hits package of the time, ranging from classics such as 'Precious Lord' and 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' to no less than 6 staples from the repertoire of the highly respected 5 Blind Boys of Mississippi. Includes 8 bonus tracks.
Most of B.B. King's studio albums of the '80s and '90s tend to de-emphasize his guitar playing and consist largely of forgettable originals and obvious attempts at pop hits. However this CD (which was cut in the studios) is on a higher level and is quite rewarding. Most of the tunes were co-written by pianist Joe Sample and Will Jennings, and the majority are quite catchy and memorable. Certainly it is easy to sing along with the refrains of "I'm Moving On," "Back in L.A." and "Roll, Roll, Roll." On this date King usually overdubbed his guitar to play along with his vocals (somehow the interplay does not sound spontaneous) but it does not detract from the final results. The intelligent and philosophical lyrics fit King's style very well and his voice is very much in prime form. Well worth acquiring.
Explore the world of Delta blues with the great B.B. King and his forerunners and peers, including Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf and many others! This limited edition, comprehensive 2-CD set consists of 32 digitally-remastered recordings and includes biographical information on each legendary bluesman represented, providing both a history lesson and a deeper experience of the music they call the Delta blues!
In 1974, B.B. King brought the blues back to Africa. Invited to take part in the three-day music festival which featured the legendary boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, King played before a crowd of over 80,000 Africans and delivered a performance considered by many to be one of the greatest of his phenomenal career. B.B. King filled the night with his raw power, searing energy and heart stopping emotion.