Live at the Regal

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
B.B. King is not only a timeless singer and guitarist, he's also a natural-born entertainer, and on Live at the Regal the listener is treated to an exhibition of all three of his talents. Over percolating horn hits and rolling shuffles, King treats an enthusiastic audience (at some points, they shriek after he delivers each line) to a collection of some of his greatest hits. The backing band is razor-sharp, picking up the leader's cues with almost telepathic accuracy. King's voice is rarely in this fine of form, shifting effortlessly between his falsetto and his regular range, hitting the microphone hard for gritty emphasis and backing off in moments of almost intimate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
B.B. King is not only a timeless singer and guitarist, he's also a natural-born entertainer, and on Live at the Regal the listener is treated to an exhibition of all three of his talents. Over percolating horn hits and rolling shuffles, King treats an enthusiastic audience (at some points, they shriek after he delivers each line) to a collection of some of his greatest hits. The backing band is razor-sharp, picking up the leader's cues with almost telepathic accuracy. King's voice is rarely in this fine of form, shifting effortlessly between his falsetto and his regular range, hitting the microphone hard for gritty emphasis and backing off in moments of almost intimate tenderness. Nowhere is this more evident than at the climax of "How Blue Can You Get," where the Chicago venue threatens to explode at King's prompting. Of course, the master's guitar is all over this record, and his playing here is among the best in his long career. Displaying a jazz sensibility, King's lines are sophisticated without losing their grit. More than anything else, Live at the Regal is a textbook example of how to set up a live performance. Talking to the crowd, setting up the tunes with a vignette, King is the consummate entertainer. Live at the Regal is an absolutely necessary acquisition for fans of B.B. King or blues music in general. A high point, perhaps even the high point, for uptown blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811164621
  • Catalog Number: 11646
  • Sales rank: 6,796

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
Henry Boozier Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine Saxophone
Pluma Davis Trombone
Bobby Forte Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman Drums
Barney Hubert Saxophone
Duke Jethro Piano
Leo Lauchie Bass, Electric Bass
Millard Lee Piano
Ken Sands Trumpet
Mayall York Bass
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Memphis Slim Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Pluma Davis Composer
B.B. King Composer
Riley King Composer
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
Dick Shurman Liner Notes
Charlie Singleton Composer
Bill Szymczyk Producer
Rick Ward Liner Notes
Johnny Pate Producer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Geary Chansley Contributor, Reissue Photo Research
Meire Murakami Reissue Design
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Pervis Spann Introduction
Johnny Page Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the all-time best live albums.

    If you like listening to a good blues album you are going to love this one. The Regal was not a huge club and this was recorded (in 1964) before B.B. King became the world wide superstar he was soon to become, so the audience is clearly heard and fully involved (in the BEST possible way). This is a case where the artist and the audience are feeding off each other and the emotions churn and bubble and the album reflects the full boil that comes about that night. This is not only one of the best live albums of all time but ought to be counted among the best albums ever made in any category.

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