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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues
     

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues

by B.B. King
 
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,”

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0602498010228
catalogNumber:
000048702

Tracks

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
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
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   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
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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