Live in Japan

Live in Japan

by B.B. King
     
 

It took 28 years, but in 1999 Live in Japan finally became available in the U.S. Recorded at Sankei Hall in Tokyo on March 4 and 7, 1971, Live in Japan was originally released as a two-LP set in Japan. At the time, King's superb Live in Cook County Jail was a respectable seller for ABC, and the label also planned to releaseSee more details below

Overview

It took 28 years, but in 1999 Live in Japan finally became available in the U.S. Recorded at Sankei Hall in Tokyo on March 4 and 7, 1971, Live in Japan was originally released as a two-LP set in Japan. At the time, King's superb Live in Cook County Jail was a respectable seller for ABC, and the label also planned to release In London -- so ABC felt that because a fair amount of live King albums were coming out in the U.S., it was best to release the Sankei Hall recording only in Japan. But many of King's American fans wanted it anyway, and collectors went out of their way to find imported copies of the double LP. Parts of Live in Japan did come out on various U.S. releases, but it was not released in its entirety in the U.S until this 1999 reissue. Backed by many of the same players heard on Live in Cook County Jail, King is in excellent form on spirited, gutsy performances of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Sweet Sixteen" as well as Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind," Leon Russell's "Hummingbird," and Peter Chatman's "Every Day I Have the Blues." The instrumentals "Japanese Boogie" and "Jamming at Sankei Hall" give the band a chance to let loose and improvise, and "Lucille" (King's name for his guitar) gets in some passionate, inspired solos. Although Live at the Regal and Live in Cook County Jail are King's most essential live albums, Live in Japan is a fine CD that his fans will definitely want.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0008811181024
catalogNumber:
1118102
Rank:
17391

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Earl Turbinton   Alto Saxophone
John Browning   Trumpet
Joseph Burton   Trombone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Wilbert Freeman   Bass
Louis Hubert   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Levy   Piano

Technical Credits

Memphis Slim   Composer
Dave Clark Five   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Meire Murakami   Reissue Design
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Jules Bihari   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer

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