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B.B. KING Ace ABOXCD 8 The Vintage Years CD $74.98
The long awaited B.B. King box set is finally available featuring a cross section of B.B.'s seminal recordings made for the Modern group of labels between 1950 and 1961 when he moved to ABC. These are the recordings that helped define post war electric blues by one of it's greatest exponents. 106 tracks on four CDs housed in handsome 12" x 6" box with a 74 page full color book featuring essays by compiler John Broven and Colin Escott based on new interviews with B.B., Joe Bihari of Modern and Sam Phillips, a detailed track analysis, discography and an essay on the research entailed in getting the best possible sound from tapes in the vault. The first CD is devoted to B.B.'s most popular songs from this era and the other three trace B.B. development over the years. 27 of the songs were in the R&B charts - four of them attaining the #1 spot. The set includes several previously unissued cuts and a number in stereo.
B.B. KING: 3 O'clock Blues/ A New Way Of Driving/ Ain't Nobody's Business/ B.B. Blues/ B.B. Boogie/ Baby Please Don't Go/ Baby, Look At You/ Bad Case Of Love/ Bad Luck/ Bad Luck Soul/ Be Careful With A Fool/ Beautician Blues/ Blind Love/ Blue Shadows/ Blues Stay Away From Me/ Boogie Rock (aka House Rocker)/ Boogie Woogie Woman/ Christmas Celebration/ Confessin' The Blues/ Crying Won't Help You/ Dark Is The Night (pt 1)/ Dark Is The Night (pt 2)/ Days Of Old/ Did You Ever Love A Woman/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ Don't Look Now, But I've Got The Blues/ Don't You Want A Man Like Me/ Down Now/ Downhearted (how Blue Can You Get?)/ Early In The Morning/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Everything I Do Is Wrong/ Fine Lookin' Woman/ Fishin' After Me (aka Catfish Blues)/ Five Long Years/ Get Out Of Here/ Gonna Miss You Around Here/ Good Man Gone Bad/ Got 'em Bad/ Gotta Find My Baby/ Hard Workin' Woman/ Highway Bound/ Hold That Train/ I'll Survive/ I'm King/ I've Got A Right To Love My Baby/ I've Got Papers On You, Baby/ It's A Mean World/ Let Me Love You/ Let's Do The Boogie/ Long Gone Baby/ Love You Baby (aka Take A Swing With Me)/ Make Me Blue/ Mashed Potato Twist/ Mean Old Frisco/ Mistreated Woman/ My Baby's Gone/ My Own Fault Aka It's My Fault/ My Own Fault, Darlin' Aka It's My Fault/ Neighborhood Affair/ On My Word Of Honor/ Partin' Time/ Please Accept My Love/ Please Help Me/ Please Love Me/ Pray For You/ Praying To The Lord/ Precious Lord/ Questionnaire Blues/ Recession Blues/ Rock Me Baby/ Shake It Up And Go/ She Don't Move Me No More/ She's A Mean Woman/ She's Dynamite/ Sneakin' Around/ Some Day, Somewhere/ Story From My Heart And Soul/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen (pts 1 & 2)/ Sweet Thing/ Ten Long Years/ That Ain't The Way To Do It/ That Evil Child/ The Jungle/ The Other Night Blues/ The Woman I Love/ The Worst Thing In My Life/ Tomorrow Is Another Day/ Walkin' And Cryin'/ Walking Dr Bill/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Whole Lotta' Love/ Why Did You Leave Me/ Why I Sing The Blues/ Why Not/ Woke Up This Morning/ Worry Worry/ You Didn't Want Me/ You Don't Know/ You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now/ You Know I Go For You/ You Know I Love You/ You Upset Me Baby/ You're Breaking My Heart

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHD 300 My Sweet Little Angel CD $22.98
21 fine RPM recordings including several unissued recordings and alternate takes.
B.B. KING: Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ Crying Won't Help You/ Don't Look Now, But I've Got The Blues/ Early Every Morning/ Going Down Slow/ Growing Old/ In The Middle Of An Island/ Please Accept My Love/ Quit My Baby/ Recession Blues/ Shake Yours/ String Bean/ Sweet Little Angel/ Ten Long Years/ Time To Say Goodbye/ Treat Me Right/ Why Do Everything Happen To Me/ Worry, Worry/ You Know I Go For You/ You Shouldn't Have Left/ You've Been An Angel

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHK 691 He's Dynamite CD $13.98
24 track collection of classic B.B. performances from RPM and Kent - some newly remastered versions of favorites, new mixes of some of his "overdubbed" sessions and a previously unissued instrumental Flying High.
B.B. KING: A New Way Of Driving/ B.B.'s Boogie/ Catfish Blues (Previously issued as Fishin' After Me)/ Every Day (I Have The Blues) (alternative mix)/ Flying High/ I'll Survive/ Jump With B.B./ Low Rider/ Mr Pawnbroker/ My Fault/ Past Day (previously issued as Don't Have To Cry)/ Please Love Me/ Questionnaire Blues/ Rock Me Baby (alternative mix)/ Shake It Up And Go/ She Don't Move Me No More/ She's Dynamite/ Sweet Sixteen (alternative mix)/ The Other Night Blues/ Walkin' And Cryin'/ You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now/ You Know I Go For You/ You Upset Me Baby (alternative mix)/ You're On The Top

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHD 712 The RPM Hits, 1951-1957 CD $22.98
26 track collection of some of B.B.'s most popular recordings from 1951 to 1957 - many of them top ten R&B hits. These have been newly remastered from the best available sources - many from newly discovered masters. Sound is indeed superb though all these tracks have been out on Ace before - many of them more than once! However if you don't already have them this is a great way to get the best sounding versions of such classics as Three O'Clock Blues/ Woke Up This Morning/ Bad Luck/ You Upset Me Baby/ Every Day (I Have The Blues)/ Sneakin' Around/ Sweet Little Angel/ On My Word Of Honor and others.
B.B. KING: (I'm Gonna) Quit My Baby/ Bad Luck/ Be Careful With A Fool/ Blind Love/ Crying Won't Help You/ Did You Ever Love A Woman/ Every Day (I Have The Blues)/ I Need You So Bad/ I Want To Get Married/ I Wonder/ I'm Cracking Up Over You/ On My Word of Honor/ Please Hurry Home/ Please Love Me/ Shut Your Mouth/ Sneakin' Around/ Story From My Heart & Soul/ Sweet Little Angel/ Ten Long Years/ Three O'Clock Blues/ Troubles, Troubles, Troubles/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Whole Lotta' Love/ Woke Up This Morning/ You Know I Love You/ You Upset Me Baby

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHD 760 The Best Of The Kent Years, 1959-1971 CD $22.98
25 tracks, 77 min., highly recommended
Ted Carroll's insightful notes to this collection brings out an important point about these recordings : that B. B. King's constant touring would only help in bringing his music to his fans. Even though B. B. left Kent in 1962 (for ABC-Paramount/Bluesway), for years these Kent recordings were continously being remastered, re-arranged, and 'updated'. They are, simply put, some of his best recordings as he was in his early 30s, hungry, and at the top of his game, especially vocally. So as to better appreciate these recordings (because, let's face it the remastering on the old 45rpm singles & album reissues sometimes left a lot to be desired), Ace has gone back to the master tapes, compared them to the 45rpm release so as to get the issued take, and restored them to their original brilliance. An essesntial supplement to Ace CDCHD 712 ("The RPM Hits 1951-1957"), the highlights are many, and include Walkin' With Mr. Bill (with Lloyd Glenn on piano), My Sometime Baby, Blue Shadows, Worry, Worry, Worry, and his wonderful version of Roy Hawkins' Why Does Everything Happen To Me, Clarence Garlow's Please Accept My Love, Roy Brown's Beautician Blues, the decisive version of the Big Joe Turner hit, Sweet Sixteen (part 1 & 2), and his complete revamping of Lil' Son Jackson's Rockin' And Rollin' as
Rock Me Baby. With 17 of these titles placing on the R&B charts, you can be assured that this is the best of the Kent singles, and with Ace behind the board, the sound is simply the best! Upcoming in early 2001 will be the long awaited B. B. King 4 CD Box set (1950-1962) of his RPM, Modern and Kent Recordings. (EL)
B.B. KING: Beautician Blues/ Blue Shadows/ Days Of Old/ Eyesight To The Blind/ Five Long Years/ Gonna Miss You Around Here/ I've Got A Right To Love My Baby/ It's A Mean World/ Mean Ole Frisco/ My Reward/ My Sometime Baby/ Partin' Time/ Peace Of Mind/ Please Accept My Love/ Rock Me Baby/ Someday/ Sugar Mama/ Sweet Sixteen (pts 1& 2)/ That Evil Child/ The Jungle/ Walkin' Dr Bill/ Why Does Everything Happen To Me/ Worry, Worry, Worry/ You've Been An Angel/ Your Fool

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHD2 835 The Modern Recordings, 1950-51 CD $28.98
Two CDs, 33 tracks, 90 minutes, recommended
 Although aimed more toward completists and scholars, this is a very rewarding set of Riley King's work following his short run with the Bullet label. Both discs are quite strong showing outtakes and alternate versions of songs, leaving the listener with the feeling that they were right there when these sessions were cut. By using original 16" acetates where available, the sound is stunning, although a few pops and occasional crackles seep through. With dogged research, Ace has managed an opportunity to hear how King developed songs, changed solos and lyrics, and created masterpieces of modern blues, with his guitar always front-and-center. Liner notes get a little bogged down with technical jargon for the novice, but for collectors, it's a solid issue and a great companion to Ace's 4-disc set, "The Vintage Years". (CR)
B.B. KING: 3 O'clock Blues/ A New Way Of Driving/ B. B. Blues/ B. B. Blues (alt)/ B. B. Blues (incomplete Take)/ B. B. Boogie/ B. B. Boogie (lp Vers)/ Don't You Want A Man Like Me/ Don't You Want A Man Like Me (alt)/ Fine Lookin' Woman/ Fine Lookin' Woman (alt)/ Fine Lookin' Woman (alt)/ Hard Workin' Woman/ Hard Workin' Woman (alt)/ Mistreated Woman/ Mistreated Woman (alt)/ My Baby's Gone/ Pray For You/ Pray For You (alt)/ Questionnaire Blues/ Shake It Up And Go/ She Don't Move Me No More/ She's A Mean Woman/ She's A Mean Woman (alt)/ She's Dynamite/ That Ain't The Way To Do It/ That Ain't The Way To Do It (alt)/ The Other Night Blues/ The Other Night Blues (alt)/ The Other Night Blues (lp Vers)/ Walkin' And Cryin'/ Walkin' And Cryin' (alt)/ Walkin' And Cryin' (alt)

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 881 My Kind Of Blues CD $13.98
First in a new series of mid priced CDs based around the 12 LPs issued on the budget priced Crown label between 1957 and 1963 by B.B. with bonus cuts not previously available on CD. This album from 1960 featured B.B. singing some of his favorite blues songs accompanied by a small group with Lloyd Glenn on piano. The 8 bonus tracks features 5 previously unissued songs including a recording of the first song B.B. performed on the radio Blues At Sunrise plus a previously unissued alternate take of Hold That Train and two performances not on CD before. Compiled and annotated by John Broven.
B.B. KING: Blues At Sunrise/ Cat Fish Blues (fishin' After Me)/ Drifting Blues/ Driving Wheel/ Hold That Train/ Hold That Train/ Looking The World Over/ Mr Pawn Broker/ My Own Fault, Baby/ Please Set The Date/ Running Wild/ Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door/ Someday Baby/ Sunny Road/ Understand/ Walking Dr Bill/ Walking Dr Bill (overdubbed)/ You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 882 B.B. King Wails CD $13.98
This was originally issued in 1959 and features B.B. with big band accompaniment on songs like Sweet Thing/ Come By here/ the Woman I Love/ Time To Say Goodbye, etc. The eight bonus cuts also feature big band accompaniments and includes one unissued song, two alternate takes and other rarities including tracks with backing by the Count Basie Orchestra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
B.B. KING: Every Day I Have The Blues (with Count Basie Orchestra)/ B.B. KING: Come By Here/ I Love You So/ I Stay In The Mood/ I've Got Papers On You Baby/ My Silent Prayer/ Sweet Thing/ The Fool/ The Woman I Love/ Time To Say Goodbye/ Tomorrow Is Another Day/ Treat Me Right/ Trouble In Mind/ We Can't Make It/ Why I Sing The Blues/ Yes, Indeed! (with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)/ Yesterday/ You've Been An Angel

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 897 King Of The Blues CD $13.98
The third budget priced reissue of B.B.'s Crown LPs features his sixth Crown album which featured 10 tracks from the late 50s. The ten bonus tracks are drawn from Kent singles issued in the 60s - many of them after B.B. moved from RPM to ABC. Includes I've Got A Right To LOve My Baby/ Feel Like A Million/ If I Lost You/ I'm King/ Growing Old/ Going Down Slow/ I Can't Lose/ Worried Life, etc.
B.B. KING: 3 O'clock Blues/ Feel Like A Million/ Going Down Slow/ Good Man Gone Bad/ Growing Old/ I Can't Lose (aka I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use)/ I'll Survive/ I'm King/ I've Got A Right To Love My Baby/ If I Lost You/ Long Nights (the Feeling They Call The Blues)/ Partin' Time/ Tell Me Baby/ That's How Much You Mean To Me/ Things Are Not The Same/ What Way To Go/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer (aka Million Years Blues)/ Whole Lot Of Lovin' Aka Whole Lotta' Love/ Worried Life/ You're On The Top

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCH 916 Do The Boogie! CD $22.98
A wonderful selection of 20 sides recorded in the early and mid 50s for RPM and previously available on the LPs Ace CHD 201 and Ace CHD 230. B. B.'s hits are on CDCH 908 - this set focusses on lesser known songs, unissued titles and alternate takes. This is B.B. at his most intense with expressive declamatory vocals and a stinging slashing guitar style more in keeping with the styles of fellow Memphis musicians Willie Johnson & Pat Hare - the smooth flowing lines were yet to come. Accompanying his vocals and guitar are a stunning band of musicians - usually with the saxes of George Coleman and Bill Harvey, trumpet by Floyd Jones and piano by Connie Mack Booker. The energy B.B. and the band generate on Woke Up This Morning could probably light a small town for weeks. Remastering is stunning with a crisp rich sound. Informative notes by Ray Topping. (FS)
B.B. KING: Blind Love/ Boogie Woogie Woman/ Bye Bye Baby/ Crying Won't Help You/ Dark Is The Night (Part 1)/ Dark Is The Night (Part 2)/ Everyday (I Have The Blues)/ Everything I Do Is Wrong/ I Gotta Find My Baby (Alt)/ Jump With You Baby/ Let's Do The Boogie/ Past Day/ Please Love Me/ That Ain't The Way To Do It/ The Woman I Love/ Troubles, Troubles, Troubles/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Whole Lotta Love/ Why I Sing The Blues/ Woke Up This Morning

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 986 The Soul Of B.B. King CD $13.98
The fourth volume in Ace's ongoing mid-priced series based on B.B.'s original Crown LPs with bonus tracks, This was his 12th and final Crown LP - originally issued as "B.B. King" in 1963 and subsequently retitled "The Soul Of B.B. King". The original 10 track LP which included Going Home/ Youn Never Know/ Come Back Baby/ Sundown/ Boogie Rock and five more is joined by 8 bonus tracks including three unreissued Kent singles and two previously unreleased cuts.
B.B. KING: A Woman Don't Care (bonus Track)/ Come Back Baby (can't We Talk It Over)/ Don't Let It Shock You (bonus Track)/ Dust My Broom (bonus Track)/ Eyesight To The Blind (bonus Track)/ Going Home/ Green And Lucky Blues (bonus Track)/ He Road I Travel Aka Hard Luck Blues (bonus Track)/ House Rocker Aka Boogie Rock/ Just A Dream (bonus Track)/ Love, Honor And Obey (bonus Track)/ Please Remember Me/ Shake Yours/ Sundown/ The Letter/ You Never Know/ You Shouldn't Have Left/ You Won't Listen

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 996 Blues In My Heart CD $13.98
The fifth volume in Ace's ongoing mid-priced series based on B.B.'s original Crown LPs with bonus tracks, This was originally issued as Crown 5309 in 1963 and features B.B. in a small combo setting and Ace have added seven previously unissued bonus tracks - You're Gonna Miss Me/ Troubles Don't Last/ I Can't Explain/ I Need You Baby/ Downhearted (How Blues Can You Get)/ Your Good Lovin' Man/ My Baby's An Angel/ My Babys Dynamite/ You've Got My Hands Tied, etc.

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 1011 Easy Listening Blues ● CD $13.98
The sixth volume in Ace's ongoing mid-priced series based on B.B.'s original Crown LPs with bonus tracks, This was originally issued as Crown 5286 in 1962 and is an all instrumental album featuring lots of B.B.'s great guitar work. There are eight bonus instrumental tracks - none on any other Ace CDs and including several previously unissued titles.

 
B.B. KING Ace CDCHM 1041 Singin' The Blues ● CD $12.98
The eighth volume in Ace's ongoing mid-priced series based on B.B.'s original Crown LPs with bonus tracks. This one reissues the first Crown LP 5020 originally released in 1957 which includes some of B.B.'s greatest early hits like Three O'Clock Blues/ Please Love Me/ You Upset Me Baby/ Sweet Little Angel and others. There are eight bonus tracks including unissued songs and alternate takes.
B.B. KING: 3 O‘clock Blues/ Bad Luck/ Blind Love/ Crying Won‘t Help You/ Dark Is The Night Pt 1 (aka The Blues Has Got Me (alt))/ Did You Ever Love A Woman/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ I Stay In The Mood (alt)/ I‘m Cracking Up Over You (alt)/ Jump With You Baby/ Lonely And Blue/ Please Love Me/ Ruby Lee/ Sweet Little Angel/ Ten Long Years/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer (aka Million Years Blues (alt))/ Whole Lotta Meat (alt)/ Woke Up This Morning/ You Know I Love You/ You Upset Me Baby

 
B.B. KING BGO BGOCD 37 His Best - The Electric B.B. King CD $17.98
Exact repro of the Bluesway LP from 1969, complete with Ritchie York liner notes, where he wonders if B.B. will ever make any big money with his music. Well, he didn't make Michael Jackson-type bucks but he did alright for himself. I don't think many blues aficionados will agree with the title "The Best" but this is a nice selection of his urbane mid-period blues. Tired Of Your Jive/ Don't Answer The Door/ Sweet Sixteen/ Think It Over, etc. (AE)
B.B. KING: All over Again/ Don't Answer the Door/ I Don't Want You Cutting off Your Hair/ I Done Got Wise/ Meet My Happiness/ Messy But Good/ Night Life/ Paying the Cost to Be the Boss/ Sweet Sixteen/ The B.B. Jones/ Think It Over/ Tired of Your Jive/ Waitin' On You/ You Put It on Me

 
B.B. KING BGO BGOCD 69 Blues On Top Of Blues CD $17.98
Reissue of Bluesway 6011 from 1968 which includes his top ten R&B hit Paying The Cost To Be The Boss. Most of these recordings were "arranged and conducted by Johnny Pate" and are a bit overblown & poppish but there is some great singing and playing from B.B. (FS)
B.B. KING: Dance With Me/ Having My Say/ Heartbreaker/ I'm Gonna Do What They Do To Me/ I'm Not Wanted Anymore/ Losing Faith In You/ Now That You've Lost Me/ Paying The Cost To Be The Boss/ Raining In My Heart/ That's Wrong Little Mama/ Until I Found You/ Worried Dream

 
B.B. KING BGO BGOCD 71 Guess Who CD $17.98
Reissue of 1972 ABC album (#759). Although it opens with the somewhat incongruous Summer In The City, the rest is a nice mix of blues, R&B and blues ballads with B.B. and Lucille accompanied by a fairly large group. Includes Any Other Way/ Found What I Need/ Better Lovin' Man/ Shouldn't have Left Me, etc.
B.B. KING: Any Other Way/ Better Lovin' Man/ Five Long Years/ Found What I Need/ Guess Who?/ It Takes a Young Girl/ Just Can't Please You/ Neighborhood Affair/ Shouldn't Have Left Me/ Summer in the City/ You Don't Know Nothin' About Love

 
B.B. KING BGO BGOCD 124 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere CD $17.98
1981 album. In spite of sidemen like Dr. John, David Newman and Hank Crawford this album is little more than M.O.R. pop based on 12 bars.
B.B. KING: Born Again Human/ Life Ain't Nothing But a Party/ More, More, More/ The Victim/ There Must Be a Better World Somewhere/ You're Going With Me

 
B.B. KING BGO BGOCD 233 Live And Well CD $17.98
CD issue of MCA 27008 - Don't Answer The Door/ My Mood/ Please Accept My Love/ get Off My Back Woman/ Why I Sing The Blues, etc.

 
B.B. KING BGO BGOCD 604 Midnight Believer CD $17.98
CD issue of 1978 album

 
B.B. KING Flair 39103 My Sweet Little Angel CD $13.98
21 tracks, 60 min., recommended
A domestic reissue of Ace CD 300, this disc features RPM biggies such as Sweet Little Angel/ Ten Long Years/ Crying Won't Help You Now, as well as alternate takes of Quit My Baby/ Why Do Everything Happen To Me/ Shake Yours/ Time To Say Goodbye. Among the trio of unissued cuts, the instrumental String Bean, with its frenzied guitar work and energized brass, stands out. But the horn-packed cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford's In The Middle Of An Island is also worth an ear. King at the height of his powers for a budget price! (JC)

 
B.B. KING Flair 86231 Spotlight On Lucille CD $11.98
Domestic issue of Ace 187 - a great collection of 12 instrumentals recorded 1960/61 - some of which were only discovered in 1985 and originally appeared on Kent LP 2002. Accompanied by various small groups and occasionally a full band, B.B.'s great playing shines through on tracks like Slidin' And Glidin'/ King Of Guitar/ 38th Street Blues/ Goin' South, etc. Sound is superb - crystal clear remastering allows us to hear every nuance of B.B.'s graceful playing. Though better known today as a singer and elder statesman of the blues, B.B. has always been a first-rate guitarist, and this is probably the best opportunity to hear him fusing his solid blues power with tasteful jazz inventiveness. (FS)
B.B. KING: 38th Street Blues/ Ain't That Just Like A Woman/ Blues With B B/ Calypso Blues/ Easy Listening Blues/ Feedin' The Rock/ Jumpin' With B B/ King Of Guitar/ Powerhouse/ Shoutin' The Blues/ Slidin' And Glidin'/ Step It Up

 
B.B. KING Flair 86296 Singin' The Blues/ The Blues CD $15.98
US issue of Ace CDCHD 320. B.B.'s first two Crown LPs on one CD! 24 classic RPM sides remastered from original tapes. These include some of his best known early sides including Please Love Me/ Everyday (I Have The Blues)/ Three O'Clock Blues/ Sweet Little Angel/ Crying Won't Help You/ Don't You Want A Man Like Me/ Woke Up This Morning/ Ruby Lee/ Boogie Woogie Woman/ You Upset Me Baby/ Troubles, Trouble, Troubles, etc.
B.B. KING: 3 O'Clock Blues/ Bad Luck/ Blind Love/ Boogie Woogie Woman/ Crying Won't Help You/ Did You Ever Love A Woman/ Don't You Want A Man Like Me/ Early Every Morning/ Everyday (I Have The Blues)/ I Want To Get Married/ Past Day/ Please Love Me/ Ruby Lee/ Sweet Little Angel/ Ten Long Years/ That Ain't The Way To Do It/ Troubles, Troubles, Troubles/ What Can I Do/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Why Do Things Happen To Me/ Woke Up This Morning (My Baby's Gone)/ You Know I Go For You/ You Know I Love You/ You Upset Me Baby

 
B.B. KING MCA Special Products 5616 Six Silver Strings CD $7.98
This 1985 album was, apparently, his 50th and includes 3 songs from` the film Into The Night. Although the album is well produced with some good arrangements the fact of the matter is that BB just doesn't have the vocal quality he had a few years back and his guitar lacks a lot of the bite and expressiveness. Highlight is the highly charged version of In The Midnight Hour. (FS)
B.B. KING: Big Boss Man/ Double Trouble/ In The Midnight Hour/ Into The Night/ Memory Lane/ My Guitar Sings The Blues/ My Lucille/ Six Silver Strings

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 10295 There Is Always One More Time CD $10.98
B.B.'s latest and, in his estimation, his best (but isn't it always that way?). 9 lengthy cuts with a solid L.A. studio sound, aided by Joe Sample and Neal Larsen (keyboards), Freddy Washington (bass), Jim Keltner (drums) and more. It's too bad that B.B. doesn't write any of the songs here, leaving that task primarily in Sample's hands. Joe contributes many soulful compositions, although most are more moody than bluesy, and don't seem to have much room for King's guitar work. But his vocals are strong as ever, making this a contender for R&B chart success. (MB)
B.B. KING: Back in LA/ Fool Me Once/ I'm Moving On/ Mean and Evil/ Roll, Roll, Roll/ Something Up My Sleeve/ The Blues Come over Me/ The Lowdown/ There Is Always One More Time

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 10518 Lucille CD $9.98
This CD is an exact repro of B.B.'s classic - and perhaps most popular - LP of 1968 for Bluesway (#6016), with original liner notes. King is backed by a large band led by Maxwell Davis, with Lloyd Glenn on piano. Lucille is King's guitar, and the subject of a 10 minute talking blues that tells the story of their trials and tribulations. For a quicker fix there's the rocking You Move Me So, Ivory Joe Hunter's No Money, No Luck Blues, the cautionary Watch Yourself and the tremendous I Need Your Love featuring the sleepy tenor sax of Bobby Forte. The other tracks - Stop Putting The Hurt On Me/ I'm With You/ Country Girl/ Rainin' All The Time are all better than good, making this an essential album. (JC)
B.B. KING: Country Girl/ I Need Your Love/ I'm With You/ Lucille/ No Money, No Luck Blues/ Rainin' All The Time/ Stop Putting The Hurt On Me/ Watch Yourself/ You Move Me So

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD4 10677 King Of The Blues CD $59.98
Despite claims to the contrary, the thrill is far from gone. At first I thought 4 CD's of Lucille's best friend might be too much of a good thing, but now I wish it were a 5-disc set. Starting in 1949 with Miss Martha King from his first label, Bullet Records, and ending with some MCA cuts from 1991, this collection is the retrospective Mr. King has long deserved. If there's a weakness here, it's that his early work on RPM and Kent is dispensed with too quickly - the entire 50's are dispatched in the span of ten songs, while more than half the set is dedicated to, predictably, King's ABC/ Bluesway material. Good news is that the daunting number of albums he recorded between the mid-60's and early 70's have been distilled, the best songs preserved in a graphically impressive package, the dross removed. It's what you would do if you just had the time, and blank tapes. Of the 77 songs, 7 are previously unreleased, including Sloppy Drunk/ Many Miles Travelled/ Fools Get Wise, and many more have been previously unavailable on LP's. The 72-page 5"x11" booklet is replete with discography, incredibly cool photos (B.B. performing in shorts circa early 50's, at WDIA in 1948, with U2's Bobo, with young Elvis), and features a pull-out reproduction of a 1955 poster and an interview with King. And of course the hits are plentiful, including You Upset Me Baby/ Everyday I Have The Blues/ Rock Me Baby/ How Blue Can You Get/ Sweet Little Angel/ Paying The Cost To Be The Boss/ Sweet Sixteen/ Lucille/ Why I Sing The Blues/ The Thrill Is Gone/ Ghetto Woman/ Caledonia/ Darlin' You Know I Love You and so many more. (JC)
B.B. KING: Ain't Nobody Home/ All Over Again/ Ask Me No Questions/ Better Not Look Down/ Blue Shadows/ Blues At Midnight/ Caldonia/ Chains And Things/ Confessin' The Blues/ Darlin' You Know I Love You/ Don't Answer The Door, Parts One And Two/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes/ Don't You Lie To Me/ Everyday I Have The Blues/ Eyesight To The Blind/ Five Long Years/ Fools Get Wise/ Gambler's Blues/ Get Myself Somebody/ Get Off My Back Woman/ Ghetto Woman/ Goin' Down Slow/ Help The Poor/ How Blue Can You Get/ Hummingbird/ I Done Got Wise/ I Got Some Help I Don't Need (Single Edit)/ I Like To Live The Love/ I Want You So Bad/ I'm Gonna Do What They Do To Me/ I'm Gonna Sit In 'Til You Give In/ I'm Moving On/ Inflation Blues/ Into The Night/ Let The Good Times Roll/ Lucille/ Make Love To Me/ Many Miles Traveled/ Miss Martha King/ Mother Fuyer/ My Baby's Comin' Home/ Never Make A Move Too Soon/ Never Trust A Woman/ Niji Baby/ No Good/ Nobody Loves Me But My Mother/ Paying The Cost To Be The Boss/ Play With Your Poodle (Solo)/ Please Accept My Love/ Please Love Me/ Recession Blues/ Right Time, Wrong Place/ Rock Me Baby/ Rockin' Awhile/ She's Dynamite/ Since I Met You Baby/ Six Silver Strings/ Sloppy Drunk/ Slowly Losing My Mind/ Sneakin' Around/ So Excited/ Stop Leadin' Me On/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen, Parts One And Two/ The Thrill Is Gone/ There Must Be A Better World Somewhere/ Think It Over/ Three O'clock Blues/ Tired Of Your Jive/ To Know You Is To Love You/ Watch Yourself/ When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)/ When Love Comes To Town/ Why I Sing The Blues/ You Put It On Me/ You Upset Me Baby

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 10710 Blues Summit CD $18.98
12 tracks, 63 min., recommended
Somebody had this very good idea: Record an album of B. B. performing duets with 11 of the greatest blues talents on the planet. Who? Robert Cray, Katie Webster, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Lowell Fulson, Albert Collins, Ruth Brown, Irma Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, and John Lee Hooker. Foolproof, yes? Well...it works most of the time. Amazingly, King finds common ground with Hooker (his), but the more obvious pairings are better, especially Something You Got with Koko Taylor, Little By Little with Fulson--and Kim Wilson on harmonica--and We're Gonna Make It with Thomas. The B. B. King Orchestra sounds flawless as does the session talent, including The Memphis Horns and "Teenie" Hodges. (JC)

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD2 11443 How Blue Can You Get-Classic Live Performances,1964-94 CD $31.98
2 CD, 29 tracks, 2 hours, 26 min., highly recommended
Riley B. King has been entertaining and playing the blues now for over 47 years, getting better all the time. Seeing him live on stage is the best way to appreciate his enormous talent - barring that, this new 2CD set is your best choice. As luck would have it, compiler Andy McKaie had some great live dates (13 in all) to choose from, beginning with two of B. B. King's all-time best albums : Live At The Regal ('64) and Blues Is King ('66), from which the first 8 tracks (on CD 1) were drawn. As with any B. B. King concert, all his classic hits are here, including Sweet Little Angel, Worry, Worry, The Thrill Is Gone, Nobody Loves Me But My Baby and Rock Me Baby. The guest artists (all on CD 2) include Bobby Blue Bland (Let The Good Times Roll), The Crusaders (Never Make Your Move Too Soon), Gladys Knight (Please Send Me Someone To Love), Ruth Brown (Ain't Nobody's Business) and Joe Louis Walker (T-Bone Shuffle). Collectors should note that 7 tracks are new to domestic CD release. Up next from MCA, I understand, is the long-awaited ABC/BluesWay singles collection. (EL)

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 11646 Live At The Regal CD $11.98

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 11769 Live In Cook County Jail CD $9.98
Recorded live in 1975 - a spirited set of concert standards.
B.B. KING: 3 O'clock Blues/Darlin' You Know I Love You/ Everyday I Have The Blues/ How Blues Can You Get/ Introduction/ Please Accept My Love/ Sweet Sixteen/ The Thrill Is Gone/ Worry, Worry, Worry

 
B.B. KING MCA 11810 Live In Japan CD $13.98
13 tracks, 71 mins, highly recommended
The master in great form recorded live in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. Originally issued as a two LP set in Japan some of these tracks have appeared on some U.S. CD compilations but this is the first time the whole set has been issued in the USA. It's mostly B.B.'s most popular songs - How Blue Can You get/ Chains And Things/ Sweet Sixteen/ The Thrill Is Gone, etc) along with some instrumentals dedicated to his Japanese audience (Japanese Boogie/ Hikari #88, etc). B.B.'s voice is powerful, though occasionally off mike, and he plays some truly superb guitar solos. His excellent band includes Ron Levy on piano, Jospeh Burton on trombone, Earl Turbington on alto sax, Sonny Freeman on drums and others. (FS)

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 11879 Blues On The Bayou CD $18.98
15 tracks, 60 mins, recommended
B.B.'s newest is his best in quite a while - no duets, concept or overproduction - just B.B., his guitar Lucille and his working band on a collection of solid blues songs, mostly written by B.B. (though his composer credits on Mean Old World raised my eyebrows!). At 73 years of age his voice doesn't have the edge it once had but is still is an instrument to be reckoned with and his guitar playing is lyrical, economical and pure B.B. King. (FS)

 
B.B. KING MCA 112 410 Anthology CD $19.98
Two CD retrospective of B.B.'s Bluesway and MCA recordings from 1962 to 1998. No suprises but if you don't already have a "best of" collection this is a good one to get.
B.B. KING: Ain't Nobody Home/ All over Again/ Better Not Look Down/ Chains and Things/ Don't Answer the Door/ Every Day I Have the Blues (Live at the Regal)/ Gambler's Blues/ Ghetto Woman/ Guess Who?/ Help the Poor/ How Blue Can You Get?/ Hummingbird/ I Got Some Help I Don't Need (Single Edit)/ I Like to Live the Love/ I'll Survive/ Into the Night/ Let the Good Times Roll/ Lucille/ Never Make a Move Too Soon/ Never Trust a Woman/ Nobody Loves Me But My Mother/ Paying the Cost to Be the Boss/ Playin' With My Friends/ Please Accept My Love/ Sneakin' Around/ Stop Leading Me On/ Stormy Monday (Complete Version)/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2/ The Thrill Is Gone/ There Must Be a Better World Somewhere/ To Know You Is to Love You/ When Love Comes to Town (7" Version)/ Why I Sing the Blues

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 112517 Live At San Quentin CD $10.98
Newly remastered version of live set originally issued in 1991. 1
B.B. KING: Ain't Nobody's Business/ Every Day I Have the Blues/ Into the Night/ Introduction/ Let the Good Times Roll/ Never Make a Move Too Soon/ Nobody Loves Me But My Mother/ Peace to the World/ Rock Me Baby/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen/ Thrill is Gone/ Whole Lotta Loving

 
B.B. KING MCA Special Products MCAD 20256 Why I Sing The Blues CD $7.98
This disc is essentially a Best Of from the ABC/ Bluesway labels, mostly from the early 1970's. All ten cuts were hits; Sweet Sixteen was a hit twice. So anyone who hasn't heard or doesn't own The Thrill Is Gone/ Ghetto Woman/ To Know You Is To Love You/ So Excited/ Ain't Nobody Home/ How Blue Can You Get/ Chains And Things/ Why I Sing The Blues/ Hummingbird should feel obligated to take advantage of this cheap reissue. All others, move on. (JC)
B.B. KING: Ain't Nobody Home/ Chains and Things/ Ghetto Woman/ How Blue Can You Get?/ Hummingbird/ So Excited/ Sweet Sixteen/ The Thrill Is Gone/ To Know You Is To Love You/ Why I Sing The Blues

 
B.B. KING MCA Special Products MCAD 22023 Lucille Talks Back CD $7.98
This CD would appear to be a reissue of the ABC-Paramount LP of the same title from 1975, but it isn't. Instead it's 10 selected cuts of King's ABC material from 1973-78, including the wonderful Everybody Lies A Little from the Lucille Talks Back album. Despite the confusion, these are good King cuts from the period, including hits like I Like To Live The Love/ Slow And Easy/ To Know You Is To Love You written by Stevie Wonder. The best cuts, like Breaking Up Somebody's Home, are sharpened by punchy horn arrangements; all feature Lucille and B.B. as his cool self. (JC)
B.B. KING: Breaking Up Somebody's Home/ Everybody Lies A Little/ Gambler's Blues/ Hold On (I Feel Our Love Is Changing)/ I Know The Price/ I Like To Live The Love/ Lucille Talks Back/ No Money, No Luck/ Slow And Easy/ To Know You Is To Love You

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 31039 Completely Well CD $11.98
CD issue of a classic B.B. LP. The Thrill Is Gone/ No Good/ Confessin' The Blues , etc.

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 31343 Indianola Mississippi Seeds CD $10.98
9 selections, including King's Special, Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore, Hummingbird.
B.B. KING: Ain't Gonna Worry My Life Anymore/ Ask Me No Questions/ Chains and Things/ Go Underground/ Hummingbird/ King's Special/ Nobody Loves Me But My Mother/ Until' I'm Dead and Cold/ You're Still My Woman

 
B.B. KING MCA MCAD 31368 Blues Is King CD $8.98
10 live cuts from Chicago in 1966, originally released as Bluesway 6001. This set is a real scorcher, with B.B. playing and singing at a level of intensity rarely heard since his earliest recordings. Backed up by a real down and dirty quartet, King does a refreshing selection of uncommon live material that includes his own Blind Love/Waitin' On You and Gonna Keep On Lovin' You, as well as Gambler's Blues/Buzz Me, Willie Nelson's Night Life and the concert favorite Don't Answer The Door. My only complaints are some minor technical glitches (which are to be expected in a live performance I suppose), and the sequencing of the tracks, which places the most laid-back material together at the end of the program. Among B.B.'s plentiful live recordings this is an oft-overlooked classic - don't pass it up. (MB)
B.B. KING: Baby Get Lost/ Blind Love/ Buzz Me/ Don't Answer The Door/ Gamblers' Blues/ Gonna Leep On Loving You/ I Know What You're Puttin' Down/ Introduction/ Introduction/ Night Life/ Tired of Your Jive/ Waitin' On You

 
B.B. KING Pointblank Classics 40072 Heart & Soul - A Collection Of Blues Ballads CD $14.98
Previously on U.K. Ace label - now available as a domestic release. The king of the blues gives ol' blue eyes a run for his money on these 20 smoochers showing the softer side of the mighty bluesman - Lonely & Blue/ You Can't Fool My Heart/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ I'm King/ My Heart Belongs To You/ Please Accept My Love/ I Was Blind/ I'll Survive, etc. Of course Frankie never throws in the odd bluesy guitar lick like B.B. does from time to time.

 
B.B. KING P-Vine PCD 3001 Singin' The Blues CD $24.98
When Ace reissued this Crown LP, they put it together with B.B.'s The Blues LP in one 24-track release. P-Vine has a different idea, doing a CD of each 12 song album, and adding 8 more titles and alternates. Here the original track selection is rounded out by Bye Bye Baby/ The Woman I Love/ Sneakin' Around/ Shut Your Mouth/ Jump With You Baby/ Houserocker/ Why I Sing The Blues and an alternate of Woke Up This Morning. Prime stuff. (MB)

 
B.B. KING P-Vine PCD 3009 The Jungle CD $24.98
17 tracks, 51 min., recommended
Recorded mostly in the early 60's with King at the top of his talents, this reissues the excellent Kent LP 521 and adds 5 tracks. Beautician Blues/ Eyesight To The Blind/ It's A Mean World/ Blue Shadows/ The Jungle/ I Stay In The Mood(from '56) all saw chart action. The band, featuring Duke Jethro on keys and Kenny Sands on trumpet, is tight and complements King perfectly. Extra cuts include an alternate version of 5 Long Years/ The Jungle, the Kent 45 version of Eyesight/ Making Me Blue/ A Woman Don't Care. This is the sound you think of when someone says "B. B. King. "(JC)

 
B.B. KING Virgin 82712 Blues Kingpins CD $11.98
18 tracks, 56 minutes, recommended
Unquestionably one of the most influential performers in the history of blues, B.B. King's recording career has spanned an astounding seven decades. His trailblazing guitar style may have followed in the footsteps of T-Bone Walker and many others, but King upped the ante with unique vibrato and thundering leads, all of which are front and center over the course of this disc. The tracks here, recorded for RPM and Kent between 1951 and 1964 were all R&B hits, including some chart toppers. He offers some broomdusting licks for Please Love Me, runs between a rumba and shuffle for Woke Up This Morning, and storms through the hard-to-find Please Hurry Home. With You Upset Me Baby/ Whole Lotta Love/ Sweet Sixteen/ Got A Right To Love My Baby and a crumbling solo in Ten Long Years (one of the ultimate examples of B.B.'s playing), the stakes are high throughout. (CR)
B.B. KING: Bad Luck/ Every Day I Have The Blues/ Got A Right To Love My Baby/ Please Accept My Love/ Please Hurry Home/ Please Love Me/ Rock My Baby/ Sweet Little Angel/ Sweet Sixteen/ Ten Long Years/ Three O'Clock Blues/ Troubles, Troubles, Troubles/ When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer/ Whole Lotta Love/ Woke Up This Morning/ You Know I Love You/ You Upset Me Baby

 

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