Live

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Recorded in the fall of 2006, shortly after B.B. King's 81st birthday, Live is really an abridged audio complement to a video release, containing 12 of the 19 tracks available on the DVD of the same title. King has made a lot of live albums in his time, but his approach hasn't changed much over the years. In addition to his obvious talents as a guitarist and showman, he has also been fortunate in that his chosen style of music, a version of the blues growing out of the swing-influenced jump blues of the 1940s, has not only remained perennially popular but grown in acceptance. As performed here by the B.B. King Blues Band, it is still essentially the same, a jazzy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Recorded in the fall of 2006, shortly after B.B. King's 81st birthday, Live is really an abridged audio complement to a video release, containing 12 of the 19 tracks available on the DVD of the same title. King has made a lot of live albums in his time, but his approach hasn't changed much over the years. In addition to his obvious talents as a guitarist and showman, he has also been fortunate in that his chosen style of music, a version of the blues growing out of the swing-influenced jump blues of the 1940s, has not only remained perennially popular but grown in acceptance. As performed here by the B.B. King Blues Band, it is still essentially the same, a jazzy roadhouse music that leaves plenty of room for solos. At one time, most of those solos were played by King on his guitar, but now he is content to give the showcase to his horn players, as he does on "Blues Man," or organist James Toney, who claims the lion's share of "Rock Me Baby." There is still plenty of guitar work, however, and King remains seemingly as agile as ever. He is also a relaxed, comfortable frontman, engaging in easy banter with both band and audience. And he even seems at peace with the notion that the road can't go on forever. "Key to the Highway" has something of an elegiac tone, and it ends with a promise that for King seems to be no more than a simple statement of fact: "I'm gonna do this till I die, folks."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517445574
  • Catalog Number: 000977002
  • Sales rank: 101,426

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson Saxophone
Stanley Abernathy Trumpet
Calep Emphrey Drums
James Toney Keyboards
Reggie Richards Bass
Charlie Dennis Guitar
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
B.B. King Composer
Clifford Adams Composer
Dr. David Evans Composer
William Lee Conley Broonzy Composer
Paul Hewson Composer
The Don Moore Band Director
Joe Josea Composer
Charles Segar Composer
Rick Darnell Composer
Traditional Composer
Floyd Lieberman Executive Producer, Management
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Kirk Tsuye Legal Counsel
B.B. King Blues Band Composer
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