Live in Japan

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 008811181024
  • Catalog Number: 1118102
  • Sales rank: 61,168

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
The 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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