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Blues on the Bayou
     

Blues on the Bayou

by B.B. King
 

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Here's the B. B. King who moved mountains. After too many celeb-studded, laconic outings, this 1998 release is filled with his trademark, almost painfully eloquent guitar work on a gimmick-free selection of blues and ballads. His singing is on the money, too. With a voice as lustrous as old, well-polished wood, he imparts a melancholic defiance to the brilliant "Blues

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Here's the B. B. King who moved mountains. After too many celeb-studded, laconic outings, this 1998 release is filled with his trademark, almost painfully eloquent guitar work on a gimmick-free selection of blues and ballads. His singing is on the money, too. With a voice as lustrous as old, well-polished wood, he imparts a melancholic defiance to the brilliant "Blues Man." His accompaniment is sparse and to the point, with James Sells Toney scoring high marks for his piano on the unhurried but insistent "Mean Ole' World" and organ on the churnin' "Bad Case of Love." Much of what B. B. sings here harkens back to classic material -- the ebullient "Shake It Up and Go" updates "Bottle Up and Go," a Tommy McLennan chestnut from the '40s -- but he puts the B. B. brand on this, and that makes this his best album in more than a decade.

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
B.B. King made his debut as producer with Blues on the Bayou, released in October 1998. He employs the most basic of ideas for this project: record an album of B.B. King tunes, with B.B. King's regular road band, under B.B. King's supervision. Keeping it loose, relaxed, and focused, King cut this album in four days down at a secluded studio in Louisiana and came up with one of his strongest, modern-day albums in many years. No duets, no special guests, just King and his road warrior band, playing his songs with him producing the results -- no overdubs, just simple, no-nonsense blues done like he would do them on-stage. The result is a no-frills, straight-ahead session that shows that King might be have been 73 at the time of this date, but he still had plenty of gas left in the tank. Tracks like "I'll Survive," and the jumping "Shake It Up and Go," "Darlin' What Happened," the minor keyed "Blues Boy Tune," the instrumental "Blues We Like," and the closing "If That's It I Quit" show him stretching out in a way he has seldom done in a studio environment, and the result is one of his best albums in recent memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811187927
catalogNumber:
11879
Rank:
21212

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar
Stanley Abernathy   Trumpet
James Bolden   Trumpet,Leader
Tony Coleman   Percussion
Calep Emphrey   Drums
James Toney   Keyboards
Leon Warren   Guitar
Melvin Jackson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tony Daigle   Engineer
B.B. King   Composer,Producer
Riley King   Composer
Phillip Marshall   String Arrangements
Sidney Seidenberg   Executive Producer
Jules Taub   Composer
Jules Bihari   Composer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer

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