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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
No one can make a guitar sing quite like B. B. King, and few can actually sing with his graceful power. Although this collection merely skims the surface of his incredible 50-plus-year career, it still proves that King is a seminal figure of the blues. His signature songs remain vital, decades after they were recorded: ?Three O?clock Blues,? ?Don?t Answer the Door,? ?How Blue Can You Get,? and ?The Thrill Is Gone,? to name a few, have an elemental force -- these are definitive examples of postwar electric blues at its best. King?s guitar work, economical, lyrical and stinging in equal parts, is among the key influences of rock 'n' roll music. Anyone who wants to know...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
No one can make a guitar sing quite like B. B. King, and few can actually sing with his graceful power. Although this collection merely skims the surface of his incredible 50-plus-year career, it still proves that King is a seminal figure of the blues. His signature songs remain vital, decades after they were recorded: “Three O’clock Blues,” “Don’t Answer the Door,” “How Blue Can You Get,” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” to name a few, have an elemental force -- these are definitive examples of postwar electric blues at its best. King’s guitar work, economical, lyrical and stinging in equal parts, is among the key influences of rock 'n' roll music. Anyone who wants to know why this masterly musician is venerated by everyone from Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton to U2 and Jeff Beck should cock an ear to these bejeweled performances. King may be experiencing a late-career surge; the seeds of his current legendary stature can be found here in abundance.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Issued as part of a series in conjunction with the major television documentary series The Blues, this is a hop-skip-jump 12-song compilation of tracks spanning nearly half a century, from the early '50s to the late '90s. For a man whose prolific career has actually been the subject of more than one box set, it's a rather skimpy overview. Still, the kind of listeners who buy this sort of thing aren't looking for box sets, but for a sampler or introductory portal. What's here is certainly worthy, including his 1950s hits "Three O'Clock Blues" and "Every Day I Have the Blues"; a few of his more fully produced, brassy 1960s ABC sides; the 1969 breakthrough pop hit "The Thrill Is Gone"; and just three post-1976 tracks, one of which "Playin' With My Friends" features Robert Cray as co-lead vocalist and guitarist. "Sweet Sixteen," "Sweet Little Angel," and "Rock Me Baby" are just a few of the substantial hits conspicuous by their absence. There's something to be said for a single-disc King anthology that cross-licenses from throughout his career, but the best compilations focusing on specific eras of his work give a much better idea of his scope and depth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 602498010228
  • Catalog Number: 000048702

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist
Robert Cray Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Glenn Piano
Johnny Ace Piano
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Forrest Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Baritone Saxophone
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Oliver Jackson Drums
Fred Jackson Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Don Wilkerson Saxophone
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet
Jim Keltner Drums
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Al Aarons Trumpet
Stanley Abernathy Trumpet
Joshie Armstead Background Vocals
Harold Austin Saxophone
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
James Bolden Trumpet, Bandleader
Henry Boozier Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
John Browning Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine Alto Saxophone
Sonny Burke Piano
Warren Chiasson Vibes
Tony Coleman Percussion
Richard Cousins Bass
Charles Crosby Conga
Pluma Davis Trombone
Mike Doster Bass
Hobart Dotson Trumpet
Dr. Ragovoy Piano
Scott Edwards Bass
Fred Ford Saxophone
Earl Forest Drums
Sonny Freeman Drums
Jewell L. Grant Alto Saxophone
William Green Alto Saxophone
Ed Greene Drums
Carl Hall Background Vocals
Ralph Hamilton Bass
Kevin Hayes Drums
Milton Hopkins Guitar
Barney Hubert Baritone Saxophone
Gerald Jemmott Bass
Bobby Keys Trombone, Trumpet
Leo Lauchie Bass
Roy Poper Trumpet
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Jesse Sailes Drums
Richard Sanders Saxophone
Ken Sands Trumpet
David Spinozza Guitar
John Starks Drums
Eddie Saxman Synigal Baritone Saxophone
James Toney Organ
Floyd Turnham Baritone Saxophone
John Uribe Guitar
Klaus Voormann Bass
Leon Warren Guitar
Ernie Watts Alto Saxophone
Bert de Coteaux Strings
Tuff Green Bass
Ronnie Baron Organ
Billy Duncan Saxophone
Bumps Myers Alto Saxophone
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Brown Conga
Calep Emphery Jr. Drums
Vernon Slater Tenor Saxophone
Roberto Murray Rhythm Guitar
Melvin Jackson Saxophone
Paul "Harry" Harris Keyboards
Earl Anash Conga
William Butler Guitar
Joe Turner Bass
James Sells Tony Keyboards
Major Quincy Jr. Holley Bass
Duke Jetro Organ
Calvin Owen Trumpet
Herbie Louvelle Drums
Hugh McCrackin Guitar
Carl Adams Trumpet
Charles Brooks Piano
Jim Pugh Keyboards
Technical Credits
Robert Cray Composer
Memphis Slim Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Jim Price Horn Arrangements
Steven Berkowitz Producer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Sid Feller Producer
Ulrich Felsburg Executive Producer
B.B. King Producer
Riley King Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Ed Michel Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Sidney Seidenberg Producer
Bill Szymczyk Producer
Dennis Walker Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Joe Zagarino Producer
Bert de Coteaux Horn Arrangements
Johnny Pate Arranger, Producer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Arranger
David McGee Liner Notes
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Lou Zito Producer
Martin Scorsese Executive Producer, Author
Margaret Bodde Producer
Jules Taub Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Sam Ling Composer
Tommy Southern Composer
Allegretto Alexander Composer
Rick Darnell Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Adam Owett Art Direction
Paul "PDA" Allen Executive Producer
Richard Hutton Producer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Mark Johnson Composer
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