King of the Blues [Box]

King of the Blues [Box]

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by B.B. King

In a career that now spans more than 50 years, B. B. King has done everything in his power to elevate the blues to an artistic form worthy of respect -- a difficult task in times of racial tension, social elitism, and musical snobbery. It's fitting, then, that in being given the box-set treatment he so richly deserves, King himself has been treated with the class and…  See more details below


In a career that now spans more than 50 years, B. B. King has done everything in his power to elevate the blues to an artistic form worthy of respect -- a difficult task in times of racial tension, social elitism, and musical snobbery. It's fitting, then, that in being given the box-set treatment he so richly deserves, King himself has been treated with the class and respect due the world's premier ambassador of blues. KING OF THE BLUES features dozens of classic tunes that King either wrote or became associated with over the years, including "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Sweet Little Angel," "Why I Sing the Blues," "How Blue Can You Get?," and "The Thrill Is Gone." There are also rarities, unreleased tracks, and a 72-page booklet with a complete discography, extensive annotation by music historian Colin Escott, and even some commentary by King himself. Starting with his very first recording, "Miss Martha King" (a song about his first wife), the set traces King's progress from a young bluesman struggling to find his way to an accomplished bandleader who never strays from his initial concept of the blues as an expression of human emotion as dignified as any other. Along the way, King became one of the rare bluesmen to excel as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist. His voice is extraordinarily elastic, identifiable for his impassioned "crying" style. And as for his guitar skills...well, just ask anyone who has played a blues or rock 'n' roll guitar in the last few decades, and you'll find out how much influence King has had to the instrument, from his economical style to his trademark trilling vibrato. It's been decades since King broke through to popular success on a grand scale, but it's always been on his terms. Even on his memorable duet with U2, "When Love Comes to Town," King rips through the tune not like a pro, but like royalty. Which, after all he is.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
No way can a mere four discs cover every facet of the blues king's amazing recording career, but MCA makes a valiant stab at it. The first two discs, as expected, are immaculate: opening with his Bullet Records debut ("Miss Martha King"), the box continues with a handful of pivotal RPM/Kent masters before digging into his 1960s ABC-Paramount material ("I'm Gonna Sit in 'til You Give In" and "My Baby's Comin' Home" are little-recalled gems). The hits -- "The Thrill Is Gone," "Why I Sing the Blues," "To Know You Is to Love You" -- are all here, and if much of the fourth disc is pretty disposable, it only mirrors King's own winding down in the studio.

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Disc 1

  1. Miss Martha King
  2. She's Dynamite
  3. Three O'Clock Blues
  4. Please Love Me
  5. You Upset Me Baby
  6. Every Day I Have the Blues
  7. Rock Me Baby
  8. Recession Blues
  9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  10. I'm Gonna Sit in 'Til You Give In
  11. Blues at Midnight
  12. Sneakin' Around
  13. My Baby's Comin' Home
  14. Slowly Losing My Mind
  15. How Blue Can You Get?
  16. Rockin' Awhile
  17. Help the Poor
  18. Stop Leading Me On
  19. Never Trust a Woman
  20. Sweet Little Angel
  21. All over Again
  22. Sloppy Drunk
  23. Don't Answer the Door, Pts. 1 & 2
  24. I Done Got Wise
  25. Think It Over
  26. Gambler's Blues

Disc 2

  1. Goin' Down Slow
  2. Tired of Your Jive
  3. Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2
  4. Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
  5. I'm Gonna Do What They Do to Me
  6. Lucille
  7. Watch Yourself
  8. You Put It on Me
  9. Get Myself Somebody
  10. I Want You So Bad
  11. Why I Sing the Blues
  12. Get off My Back, Woman
  13. Please Accept My Love
  14. Fools Get Wise
  15. No Good
  16. So Excited

Disc 3

  1. The Thrill Is Gone
  2. Confessin' the Blues
  3. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
  4. Hummingbird
  5. Ask Me No Questions
  6. Chains and Things
  7. Eyesight to the Blind
  8. Niji Baby
  9. Blue Shadows
  10. Ghetto Woman
  11. Ain't Nobody Home
  12. I Got Some Help I Don't Need
  13. Five Long Years
  14. To Know You Is to Love You
  15. I Like to Live the Love
  16. Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes

Disc 4

  1. Let the Good Times Roll
  2. Don't You Lie to Me
  3. Mother Fuyer
  4. Never Make a Move Too Soon
  5. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)
  6. Better Not Look Down
  7. Caldonia
  8. There Must Be a Better World Somewhere
  9. Play with Your Poodle
  10. Darlin' You Know I Love You
  11. Inflation Blues
  12. Make Love to Me
  13. Into the Night
  14. Six Silver Strings
  15. When Love Comes to Town
  16. Right Place, Wrong Time
  17. Many Miles Travelled
  18. I'm Moving On
  19. Since I Met You Baby

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bobby "Blue" Bland   Vocals
Lloyd Glenn   Piano
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion
Johnny Ace   Piano
Dr. John   Keyboards,Guitar
Carole King   Electric Piano
Kooper   Piano
Gary Moore   Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals
Leon Russell   Piano,Conductor
Ringo Starr   Drums
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Gary Wright   Electric Piano
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
George Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Electric Bass
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Joe Sample   Piano,Keyboards
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Woody Shaw   Trumpet
Earl Turbinton   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster   Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Major Holley   Bass
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Jimmy Henderson   Trombone
Don Wilkerson   Saxophone
Patrick Williams   Trumpet
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Ronnie Barron   Organ
Roland Bautista   Rhythm Guitar
Clydie King   Choir, Chorus
Memphis Horns   Horn
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet,Electric Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Charles Mann   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Aarons   Trumpet
Rudy Aikels   Bass
Porcino   Trumpet
Robert Anderson   Piano
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Joshie Armstead   Background Vocals
Harold Austin   Saxophone
Marcus Barnett   Percussion
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Phil Blackman   Keyboards
Johnny Board   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Bohannon   Horn
James Bolden   Trumpet
Bono   Vocals
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Ben Branch   Saxophone
Tom Branch   Trumpet
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Conga
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Paulette Brown   Background Vocals
John Browning   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Joseph Burton   Trombone
Will Calhoun   Drums
Red Callender   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Warren Chiasson   Vibes
Mahlon Clark   Saxophone
Merry Clayton   Choir, Chorus
Adam Clayton   Bass
John Willie Cook   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Bob Daisley   Bass
Maxwell Davis   Organ,Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Quitman Dennis   Horn,Saxophone
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Lawrence Dermer   Synthesizer
Brother Gene Dinwiddie   Saxophone
Debra Dobkin   Percussion
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Martin Drover   Horn
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
Calep Emphrey   Drums
Tommy Eyre   Keyboards
Wilton Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Fendley   Trombone
Julio Ferrer   Guitar
Venetta Fields   Choir, Chorus
Anton Fig   Drums
Fred Ford   Saxophone
Earl Forest   Drums
Bobby Forte   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Wilbert Freeman   Bass
James Gadson   Drums
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Leonard Gill   Guitar
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
William Green   Alto Saxophone
Ed Greene   Drums
Paul Griffin   Keyboards
Carl Hall   Background Vocals
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Herb Hardesty   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Norman Harris   Guitar
Paul Harris   Organ,Piano
Bill Harvey   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Hendrickson   Guitar
Gary Herbig   Horn
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Michael Hill   Rhythm Guitar
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano
Bill Hood   Saxophone
Stix Hooper   Percussion,Drums
Milton Hopkins   Guitar
Barney Hubert   Baritone Saxophone
Louis Hubert   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Russell Jackson   Bass
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Duke Jethro   Organ
Hilton Joseph   Tenor Saxophone
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Michael Landau   Guitar
Neil Larsen   Keyboards
Leo Lauchie   Bass
Trevor Lawrence   Saxophone
Will Lee   Bass
Millard Lee   Piano
Ron Levy   Synthesizer,Piano
Andrew Love   Horn
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Horn
Sherlie Mathews   Choir, Chorus
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kurt McGettrick   Horn
David McMurray   Saxophone
Frank Mead   Horn
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Bob Morin   Drums
Larry Mullen   Drums
Earl Nash   Conga
Calvin Newborn   Guitar
Phineas Newborn   Piano
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Noel   Trombone
Calvin Owens   Trumpet
Frank Owens   Piano
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Nicky Payne   Horn
Tommy Pedersen   Trombone
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo   Background Vocals
Roy Poper   Trumpet
Harold Potier   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Edward Rowe   Trumpet
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Richard Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Ken Sands   Trumpet
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Louis Satterfield   Bass
Steve Sherard   Trombone
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Organ,Piano
David Spinozza   Guitar
John Starks   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Eddie Saxman Synigal   Baritone Saxophone
Eli Tartarsky   Guitar
Linda Taylor   Background Vocals
Jon Tiven   Guitar
Juan Tizol   Trombone
James Toney   Organ
Floyd Turnham   Baritone Saxophone
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
John Uribe   Guitar
Louis Villery   Bass
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Cato Walker   Alto Saxophone
Graham Walker   Drums
Larry Washington   Conga
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Alto Saxophone
Steve Watson   Guitar
Dan Willard   Piano
Stevie Wonder   Keyboards
Earl Young   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Joe Zagarino   Piano
Billy Butler   Guitar
Chuck Finley   Horn
Lisa Fisher   Background Vocals
Tuff Green   Bass
Jackie Mills   Drums
Johnny Pate   Conductor
Adolph Duncan   Tenor Saxophone
Randy Jacobs   Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Miller   Trumpet
Bumps Myers   Saxophone
Rebecca Russel   Background Vocals
Sonny Burke   Piano
Sally Tiven   Guitar
Dave Crawford   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Luther Dixon   Drums
Duke Ellington   Performing Ensemble
Ron Baker   Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Jake "Vernon" Porter   Trumpet
Thek Edge   Guitar
Johnny B. Gayton   Bass
James B. Hutchenson   Bass
Lonny Lalanne   Trumpet
Val Patillo   Bass
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Howard E. Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Cadwell   Guitar
Bill Havey   Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
James Walker   Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Daniels   Guitar
Fred Jackson   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
David "Leather Sax" Allen   Bass
Big Joe Turner   Bass
Charles Bowles   Organ
Jim Cook   Synthesizer
Lee Gatling   Saxophone
Sammie Jett   Trombone
Johnny Jones   Guitar
Ted Curry   Drums
Larry Williams   Saxophone
Doctor Ragavoy   Piano
Phineas Newborn   Drums
Sherlie Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Jon Jones   Rhythm Guitar
Carl Adams   Trumpet
Charles Brooks   Piano
Nick Pentelow   Horn
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Paul Mullen   Vibes

Technical Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Contributor
Eddie Boyd   Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Memphis Slim   Composer
Dave Clark Five   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Gary Moore   Producer,Contributor
Bonnie Raitt   Contributor
Hank Crawford   Horn Arrangements
Leonard Feather   Composer
Quincy Jones   Producer
Jay McShann   Composer
Joe Sample   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Tampa Red   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Jim Price   Horn Arrangements
Edge   Composer
Charles Mann   Composer
Sidney Barnes   Composer
Bono   Composer
Ben Branch   Contributor
Peter Chatman   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer,Contributor
Maxwell Davis   Arranger
Martin Drover   Contributor
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Wilton Felder   Producer
Sid Feller   Producer
Fred Ford   Contributor
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
Ray Henderson   Composer
Stix Hooper   Composer,Producer
Bill Inglot   Remixing
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Ron Jacobs   Remixing
Will Jennings   Composer
George Kerr   Composer
B.B. King   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Riley King   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Frank Mead   Contributor
Ed Michel   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Ira Newborn   Arranger,Producer
Calvin Owens   Director
Nicky Payne   Contributor
Vernon Reid   Producer
Edward Rowe   Arranger
Sidney Seidenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
Louis Silas   Remixing
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Ian Taylor   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Jon Tiven   Producer
Don Was   Producer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Joe Zagarino   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Horn Arrangements
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Louis Gross   Composer
John Landis   Producer
Dave Crawford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sam Hawkins   Composer
James Burke Oden   Composer
Duke Ellington   Contributor
Howie Leder   Producer
Lou Zito   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Fats Washington   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Barry Moore   Producer
Jules Bihari   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer
James Johnson   Composer
Sammie Jett   Contributor
Dave Clark   Composer
Grainger Hunt   Composer
Nick Pentelow   Contributor
Larry Glenn   Composer
Mark Johnson   Composer

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King of the Blues [Box] 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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