The Best of B.B. King [MCA]

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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,...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076731104027
  • Catalog Number: 31040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hummingbird (4:33)
  2. 2 Cook County Jail Introduction (0:37)
  3. 3 How Blue Can You Get? (5:08)
  4. 4 Caldonia (3:18)
  5. 5 Sweet Sixteen (7:01)
  6. 6 Ain't Nobody Home (3:37)
  7. 7 Why I Sing the Blues (8:37)
  8. 8 The Thrill Is Gone (5:25)
  9. 9 Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (2:01)
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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, Remastering
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, Remastering
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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