The Best of the Early Years

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have been numerous compilations of the best of B.B. King's recordings for the Modern label in the 1950s and early '60s, and if you've already picked up one of them, there isn't an urgent reason to replace or upgrade it with this CD. If not, however, this certainly makes a good bid to be considered as the best single-disc anthology of this era. The 25 tracks include many of his biggest hits and most famous classics from the period, among them "3 O'Clock Blues," "Woke Up This Morning," "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Sweet Little Angel," "Sweet Sixteen," "How Blue Can You Get?," and "Rock Me Baby," and the lesser-known tunes are of equal or near-equal quality. ...
See more details below
CD
$25.64
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$26.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $10.31   
  • New (3) from $10.31   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have been numerous compilations of the best of B.B. King's recordings for the Modern label in the 1950s and early '60s, and if you've already picked up one of them, there isn't an urgent reason to replace or upgrade it with this CD. If not, however, this certainly makes a good bid to be considered as the best single-disc anthology of this era. The 25 tracks include many of his biggest hits and most famous classics from the period, among them "3 O'Clock Blues," "Woke Up This Morning," "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Sweet Little Angel," "Sweet Sixteen," "How Blue Can You Get?," and "Rock Me Baby," and the lesser-known tunes are of equal or near-equal quality. It's true that if you have a bit more cash and time, you might be better off with the two-CD, 40-track Original Greatest Hits, which might be a little easier to find in the U.S. than this U.K. import as well. It's also true that if you want a whole lotta Modern sides by King, you could plumb for Ace's four-CD The Vintage Years box, as well as the same label's extensive series of individual B.B. King CDs of Modern material. If you're not a completist, however, it'll come as something of a revelation as to how much better early King sounds when that mammoth body of work is whittled down to his best and, for the most part, most accessible stuff. To those more used to his later recordings, too, it will come as a surprise to hear how raw and raucous some of these performances sound in comparison to his more urbane soul-blues of later years; a few of them are even a bit influenced by early rock & roll. Note that the one previously unreleased track, by the way, is a "previously unissued intercut version of takes 2, 3, 4" of "Why I Sing the Blues" that even many completists could probably live without.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667025829
  • Catalog Number: 1150
  • Sales rank: 375,107

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lucille Bogan Composer
Eddie Boyd Composer
Memphis Slim Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Jon Clarke Liner Notes
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Henry Glover Composer
B.B. King Composer
Wayne Raney Composer
Hudson Whittaker Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Miriam Linna Memorabilia
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Sam Ling Composer
Jewels Taub Arranger
Jane Feather Composer
Robert Petway Composer
Traditional Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously