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His Best: The Electric B.B. King
     

His Best: The Electric B.B. King

by B.B. King
 

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Although this collection has "Don't Answer the Door," "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" and a nice live re-cut of "Sweet Sixteen" to highly recommend it, this 1968 issue is hardly King's best, and the "electric" part of the title makes it sound like there's an acoustic B.B. King album lurking around somewhere that you and I somehow missed in the last 40 years. To be

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Although this collection has "Don't Answer the Door," "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" and a nice live re-cut of "Sweet Sixteen" to highly recommend it, this 1968 issue is hardly King's best, and the "electric" part of the title makes it sound like there's an acoustic B.B. King album lurking around somewhere that you and I somehow missed in the last 40 years. To be sure, these are rock solid performances all recorded between 1965 to 1968, just as King's music was getting slicker and more urban. But this was one of the albums that helped introduce B.B. to a more modern audience (it's gone on to sell over a million copies in 30 years' time), heading straight to the timeline of "The Thrill Is Gone" putting him on the map worldwide. This 1998 CD reissue also includes three bonus tracks, studio versions of "Waitin' On You" and "Night Life," plus "Messy But Good" from the motion picture soundtrack For the Love of Ivy. Not his best, certainly electric, and ultimately, a good one to add to the collection after you've gotten about five or six others first.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2000
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261200372
catalogNumber:
37
Rank:
69733

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Maya Angelou   Vocals
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
John Browning   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Alto Saxophone
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Bobby Forte   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Barney Hubert   Baritone Saxophone
Duke Jethro   Organ,Keyboards
Leo Lauchie   Bass
Louis Satterfield   Bass
Billy Butler   Guitar
McKinley Johnson   Trumpet
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Adams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer,Producer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Brian Christian   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Mike Fink   Reissue Design
Jimmy Johnson   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Johnny Pate   Producer
Ritchie Yorke   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Fats Washington   Composer
Henry Epstein   Cover Design
James Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer

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