Best of B.B. King [MCA]

The Best of B.B. King [MCA]

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by B.B. King
     
 

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True, this 1973 vintage best-of album covers a ridiculously slim wedge of time in the blues king's long career. Yet this period was quite significant, for it marks the crest of B.B. King's initial entry into the pop music mass market -- and this album surfs succinctly, if not comprehensively, over the high points of his turn-of-the-decade winning streak. There's a

Overview

True, this 1973 vintage best-of album covers a ridiculously slim wedge of time in the blues king's long career. Yet this period was quite significant, for it marks the crest of B.B. King's initial entry into the pop music mass market -- and this album surfs succinctly, if not comprehensively, over the high points of his turn-of-the-decade winning streak. There's a potent slice of King's triumphant Live at Cook County -- one of his sassiest "How Blue Can You Get?" on records -- the huge hit "The Thrill Is Gone" extracts from his surprisingly pleasing early excursions into pop
ock territory on In London and Indianola Mississippi Seeds, and plenty of flavorful electric blues ("Sweet Sixteen," "Why I Sing the Blues") at full length. There are some quirks -- "Caldonia" is shortened because one of the unnamed participants on the session demanded the cut, and the "compatible stereo/quad" sound on the LP has some details drastically mixed down when it's played back in ordinary stereo. Most curious of all is the last track, where King plunks out "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" on a tack piano and then his closing words are converted into a weird, gradually slowed-down, echotized electronic blur that settles into a creepy locked-end groove.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076731104027
catalogNumber:
31040

Tracks

  1. Hummingbird  - B.B. King
  2. Cook County Jail Introduction  - B.B. King
  3. How Blue Can You Get?  - B.B. King
  4. Caldonia  - B.B. King
  5. Sweet Sixteen  - B.B. King
  6. Ain't Nobody Home  - B.B. King
  7. Why I Sing the Blues  - B.B. King
  8. The Thrill Is Gone  - B.B. King
  9. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother  - B.B. King

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Leon Russell   Piano,Conductor
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Gary Wright   Organ
Bill Perkins   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Earl Turbinton   Alto Saxophone
Mel Brown   Guitar
Duster Bennett   Harmonica
Clydie King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet
Richard Wright   Electric Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Tasha Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joshie Armstead   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Browning   Trumpet
Joseph Burton   Trombone
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Venetta Fields   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trombone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Wilbert Freeman   Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Bryan Garofalo   Bass,Electric Bass
Carl Hall   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Harris   Piano,Electric Guitar
Louis Hubert   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Jemmott   Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Bobby Keys   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Ron Levy   Piano
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Jerry Ragovoy   Piano
David Spinozza   Guitar
John Uribe   Guitar
Klaus Voormann   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Booker Walker   Alto Saxophone
Gavyn Wright   Organ
Joe Burton   Trombone
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Composer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Jim Price   Horn Arrangements
Aaron Baron   Engineer
Baker Bigsby   Engineer
Rob Fraboni   Contributor,Assistant Assembly
Jimmie Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gary Kelgren   Engineer
Bobby Keys   Contributor
Kathryn King   Contributor,Assistant Assembly
Riley King   Composer
Dominic Lumetta   Contributor,Assistant Assembly
Hugh McCracken   Contributor
Ed Michel   Producer
Zee Muffco   Producer,Engineer
Phil Schiler   Engineer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Klaus Voormann   Contributor
Joe Zagarino   Producer,Engineer
Bert de Coteaux   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gil Fortis   Contributor,Assistant Assembly
Ken Klinger   Contributor,Assistant Assembly
Gary Kellgram   Engineer
Ruby Mazur   Art Direction
Joe Josea   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Rick Darnell   Composer
Renee White   Artwork,Paintings
Dave Clark   Composer

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