The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In theory, the idea behind Geffen's 2005 compilation The Ultimate Collection seems sound: gather together 21 iconic tracks from the entirety of B.B. King's long career and present them on one handy disc. While there have been plenty of King comps throughout the years -- some great, some merely passable, but often all very good -- there has never been one that tries to distill it all onto one disc. For good reason: it's hard to do. The Ultimate Collection does about as well as any multi-decade, cross-label comp could, hitting the most obvious high points -- "Three O'Clock Blues," "You Upset Me Baby," "How Blue Can You Get?," live versions of "Every Day I Have the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In theory, the idea behind Geffen's 2005 compilation The Ultimate Collection seems sound: gather together 21 iconic tracks from the entirety of B.B. King's long career and present them on one handy disc. While there have been plenty of King comps throughout the years -- some great, some merely passable, but often all very good -- there has never been one that tries to distill it all onto one disc. For good reason: it's hard to do. The Ultimate Collection does about as well as any multi-decade, cross-label comp could, hitting the most obvious high points -- "Three O'Clock Blues," "You Upset Me Baby," "How Blue Can You Get?," live versions of "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "Sweet Little Angel" from the peerless Live at the Regal, the smooth early-'70s hits "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Ain't Nobody Home" -- and extending all the way till 1998. While there's no hiding the fact that there is a sharp drop-off in classic material after 1972, most of the disc a full 14 songs is devoted to the '50s through '70s, and it does paint a portrait of the arc of his career. So, for those listeners who want a basic selection of high points from B.B., this is a good choice, but for those neophytes who want to truly experience B.B.'s greatness, turn to Live at the Regal or a collection of early singles -- they might not cover as much territory, but they explain more about his legend than this well-intentioned set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498266137
  • Catalog Number: 000385402
  • Sales rank: 4,234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Johnny Ace Piano
Dr. John Keyboards
Carole King Electric Piano
George Coleman Alto Saxophone
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone
Jerome Richardson Baritone Saxophone
Joe Sample Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Roland Bautista Rhythm Guitar
Andy Fairweather Low Guitar
The Memphis Horns Horn
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet
Jim Keltner Drums
The Edge Guitar, Keyboards
Charles Mann Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Stanley Abernathy Trumpet
Joshie Armstead Background Vocals
Helen Duncan Background Vocals
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
James Bolden Trumpet, Bandleader
Bono Vocals
Henry Boozier Trumpet
John Browning Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine Alto Saxophone
Roland Chambers Guitar
Eric Clapton Guitar
Adam Clayton Bass
Tony Coleman Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Pluma Davis Trombone
Mike Doster Bass
Hobart Dotson Trumpet
Phyllis Duncan Background Vocals
Nathan East Bass
Calep Emphrey Drums
Wilton Felder Tenor Saxophone
Charles Fendley Trombone
Earl Forest Drums
Bobby Forte Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman Drums
Steve Gadd Drums
Bryan Garofalo Bass
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant Alto Saxophone
Carl Hall Background Vocals
Norman Harris Guitar
Bill Harvey Tenor Saxophone
Stix Hooper Drums
Barney Hubert Baritone Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Jackson Horn
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Gerald Jemmott Bass
Duke Jethro Organ
Ron Kersey Keyboards
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Russ Kunkel Drums
Leo Lauchie Bass
Millard Lee Piano
Andrew Love Horn
Herb Lovelle Drums
Hugh McCracken Rhythm Guitar
Willard McDaniel Piano
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Dean Parks Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Jack Redmond Trombone
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Rebecca Evans Russell Background Vocals
Jesse Sailes Drums
Richard Sanders Saxophone
Ken Sands Trumpet
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
David Spinozza Guitar
Eli Tartarsky Guitar
John Uribe Guitar
Klaus Voormann Bass
Leon Warren Guitar
Larry Washington Conga
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Keyboards
Earl Young Drums
Tuff Green Bass
Billy Duncan Saxophone
Charlie Miller Trumpet
Bumps Myers Tenor Saxophone
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Organ, Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
David Crawford Conductor, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tim Carmon Hammond Organ
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar
Vernon Slater Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
James Walker Bass
Marshall York Bass
Ronnie Baker Bass
Ted Curry Drums
Melvin Jackson Saxophone
James Sells Tony Keyboards
Hugh McCrackin Guitar
Larry E. Williams Saxophone
Paul "Blind Man" Harris Keyboards
James Gadsen Drums
Dennis Gutman Saxophone
Steve Madail Trumpet
Doctor Ragavoy Piano
Carl Adams Trumpet
Charles Brooks Piano
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass
Technical Credits
Hank Crawford Horn Arrangements
Joe Sample Composer, Producer
Roy Hawkins Composer
Jim Price Horn Arrangements
The Edge Composer
Charles Mann Composer
Bono Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Eric Clapton Producer
Adam Clayton Composer
Simon Climie Producer
Wilton Felder Producer
Sid Feller Producer
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements
Stix Hooper Producer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Ron Jacobs Remixing
Will Jennings Composer
B.B. King Composer, Producer
Riley King Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
Ed Michel Producer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Sidney Seidenberg Executive Producer
Bill Szymczyk Producer
Shelly Yakus Remixing
Joe Zagarino Producer
Bert de Coteaux Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Johnny Pate Producer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Arranger
Vartan Art Direction
Dave Crawford Composer
David Crawford Arranger, Producer
Paul Waller drum programming
Lou Zito Producer
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Sam Ling Composer
Jules Bihari Composer
Rick Darnell Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Dave Clark Composer
Mac "Doctor John" Rebbenack Composer
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