King of the Blues [Box]

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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 ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1992
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811067724
  • Catalog Number: 10677


Disc 1
  1. 1 Miss Martha King (2:42)
  2. 2 She's Dynamite (2:31)
  3. 3 Three O'Clock Blues (3:02)
  4. 4 Please Love Me (2:48)
  5. 5 You Upset Me Baby (3:02)
  6. 6 Every Day I Have the Blues (2:48)
  7. 7 Rock Me Baby (3:02)
  8. 8 Recession Blues (2:21)
  9. 9 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:15)
  10. 10 I'm Gonna Sit in 'Til You Give In (2:13)
  11. 11 Blues at Midnight (2:59)
  12. 12 Sneakin' Around (2:07)
  13. 13 My Baby's Comin' Home (2:08)
  14. 14 Slowly Losing My Mind (2:31)
  15. 15 How Blue Can You Get? (2:42)
  16. 16 Rockin' Awhile (2:44)
  17. 17 Help the Poor (2:38)
  18. 18 Stop Leading Me On (2:22)
  19. 19 Never Trust a Woman (2:37)
  20. 20 Sweet Little Angel (3:50)
  21. 21 All over Again (2:35)
  22. 22 Sloppy Drunk (3:11)
  23. 23 Don't Answer the Door, Pts. 1 & 2 (5:10)
  24. 24 I Done Got Wise (2:20)
  25. 25 Think It Over (2:51)
  26. 26 Gambler's Blues (3:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Goin' Down Slow (6:30)
  2. 2 Tired of Your Jive (3:32)
  3. 3 Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:11)
  4. 4 Paying the Cost to Be the Boss (2:33)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Do What They Do to Me (2:44)
  6. 6 Lucille (10:15)
  7. 7 Watch Yourself (5:49)
  8. 8 You Put It on Me (2:47)
  9. 9 Get Myself Somebody (2:35)
  10. 10 I Want You So Bad (4:13)
  11. 11 Why I Sing the Blues (8:35)
  12. 12 Get off My Back, Woman (3:15)
  13. 13 Please Accept My Love (2:47)
  14. 14 Fools Get Wise (2:39)
  15. 15 No Good (4:36)
  16. 16 So Excited (5:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Thrill Is Gone (5:26)
  2. 2 Confessin' the Blues (4:58)
  3. 3 Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (1:26)
  4. 4 Hummingbird (4:36)
  5. 5 Ask Me No Questions (3:09)
  6. 6 Chains and Things (4:53)
  7. 7 Eyesight to the Blind (4:06)
  8. 8 Niji Baby (6:28)
  9. 9 Blue Shadows (5:09)
  10. 10 Ghetto Woman (5:15)
  11. 11 Ain't Nobody Home (3:13)
  12. 12 I Got Some Help I Don't Need (3:26)
  13. 13 Five Long Years (5:13)
  14. 14 To Know You Is to Love You (8:35)
  15. 15 I Like to Live the Love (3:29)
  16. 16 Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes (3:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Let the Good Times Roll (5:33)
  2. 2 Don't You Lie to Me (6:09)
  3. 3 Mother Fuyer (3:06)
  4. 4 Never Make a Move Too Soon (5:29)
  5. 5 When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) (4:12)
  6. 6 Better Not Look Down (3:22)
  7. 7 Caldonia (2:48)
  8. 8 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere (3:46)
  9. 9 Play with Your Poodle (0:55)
  10. 10 Darlin' You Know I Love You (4:46)
  11. 11 Inflation Blues (4:15)
  12. 12 Make Love to Me (1:47)
  13. 13 Into the Night (4:12)
  14. 14 Six Silver Strings (4:19)
  15. 15 When Love Comes to Town (3:30)
  16. 16 Right Place, Wrong Time (4:02)
  17. 17 Many Miles Travelled (4:01)
  18. 18 I'm Moving On (4:10)
  19. 19 Since I Met You Baby (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bobby "Blue" Bland Vocals
Lloyd Glenn Piano
NanĂ¡ Vasconcelos Percussion
Johnny Ace Piano
Dr. John Keyboards, Guitar
Carole King Electric Piano
Al 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
The Memphis Horns Horn
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet, Electric Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
The Edge Guitar, Keyboards
Bunny Hull Background Vocals
Charles Mann Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Al Aarons Trumpet
Rudy Aikels Bass
Al 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
Al 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 Jr. Drums
Earl Nash Conga
Calvin Newborn Guitar
Phineas Newborn Jr. Piano
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Dick Noel Trombone
Calvin Owens Trumpet
Frank Owens Piano
Ray Parker Jr. 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 Jr. Bass
James Walker Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Daniels Guitar
Fred Jackson Jr. Flute, Tenor Saxophone
David "Leather Sax" Allen Jr. 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 Sr. 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
The 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
The 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 Jr. Composer
Ira Newborn Arranger, Producer
Calvin Owens Director
Nicky Payne Contributor
Vernon Reid Producer
Edward Rowe Arranger
Sidney Seidenberg Producer, Executive Producer
Louis Silas Jr. 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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