Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Universal's 2012 box set Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King is hardly the first B.B. King box set -- MCA assembled a similar four-disc set called King of the Blues in 1992, Ace had a tremendous four-CD box called The Vintage Years in 2002 that covered his pre-ABC/Paramount recordings (apparently every ten years it's time for a new B.B. box) -- but it certainly is the most ambitious, arriving in two separate career-spanning incarnations. The first is a relatively concise four-disc set, the second is a lavish ten-disc expansion available exclusively through Amazon. Those listeners who aren't so dedicated will certainly opt for the smaller set, which does a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Universal's 2012 box set Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King is hardly the first B.B. King box set -- MCA assembled a similar four-disc set called King of the Blues in 1992, Ace had a tremendous four-CD box called The Vintage Years in 2002 that covered his pre-ABC/Paramount recordings (apparently every ten years it's time for a new B.B. box) -- but it certainly is the most ambitious, arriving in two separate career-spanning incarnations. The first is a relatively concise four-disc set, the second is a lavish ten-disc expansion available exclusively through Amazon. Those listeners who aren't so dedicated will certainly opt for the smaller set, which does a good job of outlining the arc of his entire career even if it arguably rushes through the first act a tad too quickly in an attempt to sample from all phases of his career evenly. That means there's a slight emphasis on amiable latter-day duets over his ripping early Modern sides, a shift that underscores King's gracious regality over his early work as a trailblazer. Nevertheless, this four-disc set is filled with great music and does convey his legacy quite well, even if the expensive and limited ten-disc set does a better job of getting into the nitty gritty of that legacy. Naturally, the extended set has plenty of room to roam, spending the first two discs on his pre-ABC recordings then going through each of his albums for ABC/Paramount/MCA, finding space for rare single versions along the way. The arc of the big box mirrors that of the smaller box, with "The Thrill Is Gone" popping up almost exactly at the midpoint, but the greater detail does offer a richer experience, one that captures much of King's enormous influence and legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 600753390863
  • Catalog Number: 5339086
  • Sales rank: 81,585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miss Martha King (2:43)
  2. 2 When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes (2:29)
  3. 3 B.B. Boogie (3:12)
  4. 4 She's Dynamite (2:30)
  5. 5 Three O'Clock Blues (3:02)
  6. 6 Woke Up This Morning (2:57)
  7. 7 Blind Love (3:05)
  8. 8 When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer (2:55)
  9. 9 You Upset Me Baby (3:03)
  10. 10 Ten Long Years - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:48)
  11. 11 Bad Luck (2:54)
  12. 12 Troubles, Troubles, Troubles (2:54)
  13. 13 Early In the Morning (2:35)
  14. 14 Everyday I Have the Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (5:06)
  15. 15 (I've) Got a Right io Love My Baby (3:14)
  16. 16 It's My Own Fault (3:33)
  17. 17 Walking Dr. Bill (3:41)
  18. 18 Rock Me Baby (2:59)
  19. 19 You Ask Me - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:10)
  20. 20 Blues At Midnight - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:58)
  21. 21 Sneakin' Around - Maxwell Davis Orchestra (2:07)
  22. 22 How Blue Can You Get? (2:44)
  23. 23 I Wonder Why (3:07)
  24. 24 Please Accept My Love (2:57)
  25. 25 Help the Poor (2:37)
  26. 26 Never Trust a Woman (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Everyday I Have the Blues (3:08)
  2. 2 Sweet Little Angel (3:48)
  3. 3 Please Love Me (3:00)
  4. 4 All Over Again (2:35)
  5. 5 Tired of Your Jive (2:10)
  6. 6 Cherry Red (2:26)
  7. 7 Don't Answer the Door, Pts. 1 & 2 (5:10)
  8. 8 Night Life (2:34)
  9. 9 Gambler's Blues (5:13)
  10. 10 Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:12)
  11. 11 Worried Dream (2:54)
  12. 12 Paying the Cost To Be the Boss (2:35)
  13. 13 Watch Yourself (5:49)
  14. 14 Lucille (10:14)
  15. 15 Why I Sing the Blues (8:38)
  16. 16 Confessin' the Blues (4:55)
  17. 17 The Thrill is Gone (5:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (1:27)
  2. 2 Chains and Things (4:55)
  3. 3 Hummingbird (4:38)
  4. 4 Worry, Worry (10:02)
  5. 5 Ghetto Woman (5:14)
  6. 6 Ain't Nobody Home (3:14)
  7. 7 Guess Who (4:10)
  8. 8 I Like To Live the Love (3:33)
  9. 9 Lucille Talks Back (2:28)
  10. 10 Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes (3:16)
  11. 11 Let the Good Times Roll (5:39)
  12. 12 Mother Fuyer (3:07)
  13. 13 When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) (4:12)
  14. 14 Better Not Look Down (3:21)
  15. 15 There Must Be a Better World Somewhere (5:38)
  16. 16 Nightlife/Please Send Me Someone To Love (4:35)
  17. 17 Make Love To Me (4:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Into the Night (4:13)
  2. 2 When Love Comes To Town (4:18)
  3. 3 Take Off Your Shoes (5:34)
  4. 4 I'm Moving On (4:16)
  5. 5 There is Always One More Time (8:26)
  6. 6 Monday Morning Blues (Blues For Mr. G) (4:17)
  7. 7 Playin' With My Friends (5:19)
  8. 8 Confessin' the Blues (4:31)
  9. 9 Blues Man (5:19)
  10. 10 I'll Survive (4:52)
  11. 11 Caldonia (2:19)
  12. 12 Ain't That Just Like a Woman (3:32)
  13. 13 Monday Woman (3:35)
  14. 14 Ten Long Years (4:40)
  15. 15 Early In the Morning - Van Morrison (4:49)
  16. 16 Key To the Highway (4:25)
  17. 17 See That My Grave is Kept Clean (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist, Piano
Bobby "Blue" Bland Vocals
Robert Cray Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Glenn Piano
Marty Stuart Guitar
Johnny Ace Piano
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Dr. John Piano, Keyboards, Guitar
Carole King Piano
Leon Russell Piano
Ringo Starr Drums
Joe Walsh Guitar
Gary Wright Organ, Piano
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
George Coleman Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Forrest Tenor Saxophone
Red Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Dave Pell Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample Piano, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Earl Turbinton Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby Guitar
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
John Heard Bass
Major Holley Bass
Oliver Jackson Drums
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Russell Malone Rhythm Guitar
Don Wilkerson Saxophone
Rickey Woodard Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Adams Guitar
Ronnie Barron Organ
Andy Fairweather Low Guitar
Clydie King Background Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
Muscle Shoals Horns Horn
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet, Electric Piano
Ian Thomas Drums
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Jymie Merritt Bass
The Edge Guitar, Keyboards
Bunny Hull Background Vocals
Charles Mann Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas Vocals
Al Aarons Trumpet
Stanley Abernathy Trumpet
Rudy Aikels Bass
Robert Anderson Piano
Joshie Armstead Vocals
Harold Austin Saxophone
Marcus Barnett Percussion
Jewel Bass Background Vocals
Helen Duncan Background Vocals
Johnny Board Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Bolden Trumpet, Leader
Bono Vocals
Henry Boozier Trumpet
Ben Branch Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Tony Braunagel Percussion
Garnett Brown Trombone
Paulette Brown Background Vocals
John Browning Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine Alto Saxophone
Joseph Burton Trombone
Harrison Calloway Trumpet
Lenny Castro Percussion
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Roland Chambers Guitar
Charles Veal Violin, Concert Master
Vivian Cherry Background Vocals
Warren Chiasson Vibes
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass
Henry Coker Trombone
Brad Cole Synthesizer
Tony Coleman Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Richard Cousins Bass
Jim Cox Synthesizer
Charles Crosby Conga
Rollice Dale Viola
Jess Daniels Rhythm Guitar
Cal David Guitar
Maxwell Davis Organ, Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Pluma Davis Trombone
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Hobart Dotson Trumpet
Phyllis Duncan Background Vocals
Nathan East Bass, Acoustic Bass
Tommy Eyre Organ, Keyboards
Wilton Felder Bass, Tenor Saxophone
Sid Feller Conductor
Keith Fiddmont Alto Saxophone
Ernie Fields Jr. Baritone Saxophone
Fred Ford Tenor Saxophone
Earl Forest Drums
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Forte Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Freeman Drums
Wilbert Freeman Bass
Steve Gadd Drums
James Gadson Drums
Bryan Garofalo Bass
Sonny Garrish Guitar
Donny Gerrard Background Vocals
Harris Goldman Violin
Janice Gower Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
William Green Alto Saxophone
Ed Greene Drums
Ray Griffin Bass
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Ralph Hamilton Bass
Herb Hardesty Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Norman Harris Guitar
Paul Harris Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Bill Harvey Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Haskell Conductor
Kevin Hayes Drums
Catherine Henderson Background Vocals
Gary Herbig Saxophone
John Hobbs Synthesizer, Piano
Stix Hooper Drums
Milton Hopkins Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Barney Hubert Baritone Saxophone
Louis Hubert Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft Baritone Saxophone
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Wayne Jackson Trumpet, Horn
Gerald Jemmott Bass
Duke Jethro Organ, Piano
Harry D. Jones Trumpet
Randy Kerber Synthesizer Bass
Ron Kersey Keyboards
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Walter King Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Nathaniel Kunkel Shaker
Russ Kunkel Drums
Michael Landau Guitar
Neil Larsen Hammond B3
Leo Lauchie Bass
Trevor Lawrence Tenor Saxophone
Millard Lee Piano
Kathleen Lenski Violin
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Ron Levy Synthesizer, Piano
John J. Longo Trumpet
Andrew Love Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Herb Lovelle Drums
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Connie McBooker Piano
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Willard McDaniel Piano
Kurt McGettrick Saxophone
Bob McNeely Baritone Saxophone
Vince Montana Vibes
Van Morrison Harmonica, Vocals
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums
Earl Nash Percussion, Conga
Ira Nepus Trombone
Calvin Newborn Guitar
Phineas Newborn Jr. Piano
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman Baritone Saxophone
Dick Noel Trombone
Nils Oliver Cello
Calvin Owens Trumpet
Frank Owens Piano
Earl Palmer Drums
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Sonny Payne Drums
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Background Vocals
John Porter Guitar
Harold Potier Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Jerry Ragovoy Piano
Milt Raskin Piano
Jack Redmond Trombone
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Edward Rowe Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rebecca Evans Russell Background Vocals
Jesse Sailes Drums
Richard Sanders Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Louis Satterfield Bass
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar
Haim Shtrum Violin
David Spinozza Guitar
Chris Stainton Keyboards
John Starks Drums
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Saxman Synigal Baritone Saxophone
Elli Tarkesty Guitar
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles Guitar
James Toney Organ, Keyboards
Floyd Turnham Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
John Uribe Guitar
Louis Villery Bass
Klaus Voormann Bass
Booker Walker Alto Saxophone
Cato Walker Alto Saxophone
Leon Warren Guitar
Larry Washington Conga
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Alto Saxophone
John Watson Trombone
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Carson Whitsett Keyboards
Ernest Williamson Keyboards
Bob Wray Bass
Earl Young Drums
Snooky Young Trumpet
Reggie Young Guitar
Billy Butler Guitar
Clem Clempson Guitar
Tuff Green Bass
Johnny Pate Conductor
Michael Spriggs Guitar
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Leo Blevins Guitar
Billy Duncan Saxophone
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Charlie Miller Trumpet
Bumps Myers Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Burke Synthesizer, Piano
Vanetta Field Background Vocals
Dave Crawford Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Eddie Brown Percussion, Conga
Eddie Jones Bass
Larrie Londin Drums
John Anderson Trumpet
Bob Mitchell Organ
Tim Carmon Hammond B3
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar
Mike Elizondo Electric Bass
Vennette Gloud Background Vocals
Cecil McNeely Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Slater Tenor Saxophone
Tomasine Anderson Background Vocals
Reggie Richards Bass
James Walker Bass
Herman Mitchell Guitar
Larry Williams Saxophone
George Bohanon Trombone
Ronnie Baker Bass
Charlie Dennis Guitar
Ron Cooper Cello
Johnny Jones Guitar
Ted Curry Drums
James Robinson Drums
David Allen Bass
Melvin Jackson Saxophone
Joe Turner Bass
Carl Lee Vocals
David Briggs Keyboards
Hilmer J. Timbrell Guitar
Bill Henderson Violin
Phineas Newborn Sr. Drums
Floyd Jones Trumpet
Jimmy Haskell Conductor
Billy Payne Keyboards
Hubert "Bumps" Myers Tenor Saxophone
Carl Adams Trumpet
Lennie Castro Percussion
Paul Polivnick Viola
Freddie Washington Bass
Wilbur Bascomb Bass
Charles Brooks Piano
Gene Dinwiddle Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Peterson Trombone
Albert Aarons Trumpet
Fred Jackson Jr. Flute
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass
Ronald Eades Baritone Saxophone
Neal Larsen Organ, Keyboards
Caleb Emphrey Jr. Drums
Kenny Sands Trumpet
Kasey Cisyk Background Vocals
Charles Findley Trombone
Sellers Guitar
Charles B. Findley Trombone
Jewell Grant Alto Saxophone
V.S. Freeman Drums
Tom Malone Trombone
Jim Pugh Keyboards
Michael Doster Bass
Barney Freeman Baritone Saxophone
Thomas Branch Trumpet
Steve Watson Guitar
Roy Pope Trumpet
Bernard Purdie Drums
Ronald Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Barnerd "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Dennis Quitman Saxophone
Clayton Ives Keyboards
Charles Lowe Trombone
Paul M. Jackson Guitar
Kenneth Sands Trumpet
Yolander Charles Bass
Scott Edwards Jr. Bass
Sammy Jett Trombone
Roland Bautisa Guitar
Robert Murray Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Peter J. Clayton Composer
Robert Cray Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Furry Lewis Composer
Willie Mabon Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Jesse Belvin Composer
Bill Doggett Composer
Frederick Knight Composer, Producer
Leon Russell Composer
U2 Composer
Hank Crawford Horn Arrangements
Leonard Feather Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Ben Pollack Composer
Joe Sample Composer, Producer
Walter Brown Composer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Jim Price Horn Arrangements
Charles Mann Composer
Sidney Barnes Composer
Bono Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Harrison Calloway Horn Arrangements
Peter Chatman Composer
Eric Clapton Producer
Simon Climie Producer
Maxwell Davis Arranger
Pluma Davis Composer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Wilton Felder Producer
Sid Feller Arranger, Producer
André Fischer Producer
Bill Harvey Arranger
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements
Ken Hirsch Composer
Stix Hooper Producer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Ron Jacobs Remixing
Will Jennings Composer
George Kerr Composer
B.B. King Arranger, Composer, Producer, Source Material
Darlene Koldenhoven Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
Paul Mares Composer
Andy McKaie Producer, Executive Producer
Ed Michel Producer
Van Morrison Arranger
Ira Newborn Composer, Producer
Calvin Owens Horn Arrangements
Doc Pomus Composer
John Porter Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Dick Shurman Liner Notes, Essay
Bill Szymczyk Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Dennis Walker Composer, Producer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Shelly Yakus Remixing
Joe Zagarino Producer, Engineer
Bert de Coteaux Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Johnny Pate Arranger, Composer, Producer, Source Material
Mac Rebennack Composer
David Ritz Source Material
Carl Adams Composer
Miles Grayson Composer
John Landis Producer
Sam Phillips Producer
Mel Stitzel Composer
Dave Crawford Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pete Matthews Tape Research
Peter Gibbon Source Material
Paul Waller drum programming
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Lou Zito Producer
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Claude Demetrius Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Bobby Lexing Composer
Sam Ling Composer
Joe Bihari Producer
Charles Segar Composer
Sam Theard Composer
JoAnne Belvin Composer
Rick Darnell Composer
Janet Despenza Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes, Essay
Dave Clark Composer
Gary Ashley Executive Producer
Seth Foster Mastering
Traditional Composer
Floyd Lieberman Executive Producer
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Joe Turner Composer
Matt Read Art Direction
William Norvas Composer
Leslie Fancourt Source Material
Jimmy Haskell String Arrangements
A. Knight Composer
John Lee Williamson Composer
Patrick Devuono Composer
David McGee Source Material
Jim Dollarhide Producer
Lemon Jefferson Composer
Lou Gross Composer
John Broven Source Material
Charles Singleton Composer
Allan Copeland Composer
James F. Johnson Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
Beth Lopez-Barron Tape Research
Hampton Reese Arranger
Eddie Rowe Arranger
Kristin Bensch Tape Research
Sidney A. Siedenberg Producer, Executive Producer
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