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The Great B.B. King [Ace]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Released in early 1960, the LP The Great B.B. King was actually a budget-priced compilation of songs he'd recorded for the Modern label over the past five or so years. This CD reissue nearly doubles the length of the original album with eight mostly previously unreleased bonus cuts, as well as adding historical liner notes. Of the ten songs found on the original The Great B.B. King, four "Sweet Sixteen," "Ten Long Years," "Sneakin' Around," and "Whole Lotta' Love" had been big R&B hits, with "Sweet Sixteen" getting all the way up to number two; a fifth track, "Be Careful with a Fool," had made the bottom of the pop listings without showing up on the R&B ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Released in early 1960, the LP The Great B.B. King was actually a budget-priced compilation of songs he'd recorded for the Modern label over the past five or so years. This CD reissue nearly doubles the length of the original album with eight mostly previously unreleased bonus cuts, as well as adding historical liner notes. Of the ten songs found on the original The Great B.B. King, four "Sweet Sixteen," "Ten Long Years," "Sneakin' Around," and "Whole Lotta' Love" had been big R&B hits, with "Sweet Sixteen" getting all the way up to number two; a fifth track, "Be Careful with a Fool," had made the bottom of the pop listings without showing up on the R&B charts at all. The emotional ballad "Sweet Sixteen" actually a cover of a Big Joe Turner song is presented here in all its six-minute, two-part glory. While the most of the rest of the LP doesn't scale the same heights, it's a respectable mix of brassy shuffles and slow tunes with more than a tinge of doo wop, King's guitar work on "Whole Lotta' Love" ranking among his most stinging. Of the eight bonus tracks, only "Bim Bam" an anomalous 1956 rock & roll novelty single and the Lightnin' Hopkins number "Shotgun Blues" which showed up on a 1969 compilation LP were previously released. The other six tracks are also not always typical of King's most celebrated style, including as they do the violin-drenched "Young Dreamers" and the much-covered ballad "Trouble in Mind," though the rest are in his more standard electric blues approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667008624
  • Catalog Number: 1049
  • Sales rank: 166,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:13)
  2. 2 Quit My Baby (2:34)
  3. 3 I Was Blind (3:06)
  4. 4 What Can I Do (2:49)
  5. 5 Some Day Somewhere (2:54)
  6. 6 Sneakin' Around (3:03)
  7. 7 Ten Long Years (2:49)
  8. 8 Be Careful with a Fool (2:52)
  9. 9 Whole Lotta' Love (3:10)
  10. 10 Days of Old (2:27)
  11. 11 Young Dreamers (2:25)
  12. 12 Bim Bam (2:41)
  13. 13 Trouble in Mind (3:19)
  14. 14 Down Now (2:52)
  15. 15 Broke and Hungry (2:49)
  16. 16 Shotgun Blues (2:49)
  17. 17 What a Way to Spend the Night (2:25)
  18. 18 A Woman Don't Care (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Richard M. Jones Composer
Roger Armstrong Original Cover Artwork
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Riley King Composer
Jon Broven Liner Notes, Annotation
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Sam Ling Composer
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