Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King

Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King

by B.B. King


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Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King

Universal's 2012 box set Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King is hardly the first B.B. King box set -- MCA assembled a similar four-disc set called King of the Blues in 1992, Ace had a tremendous four-CD box called The Vintage Years in 2002 that covered his pre-ABC/Paramount recordings (apparently every ten years it's time for a new B.B. box) -- but it certainly is the most ambitious, arriving in two separate career-spanning incarnations. The first is a relatively concise four-disc set, the second is a lavish ten-disc expansion available exclusively through Amazon. Those listeners who aren't so dedicated will certainly opt for the smaller set, which does a good job of outlining the arc of his entire career even if it arguably rushes through the first act a tad too quickly in an attempt to sample from all phases of his career evenly. That means there's a slight emphasis on amiable latter-day duets over his ripping early Modern sides, a shift that underscores King's gracious regality over his early work as a trailblazer. Nevertheless, this four-disc set is filled with great music and does convey his legacy quite well, even if the expensive and limited ten-disc set does a better job of getting into the nitty gritty of that legacy. Naturally, the extended set has plenty of room to roam, spending the first two discs on his pre-ABC recordings then going through each of his albums for ABC/Paramount/MCA, finding space for rare single versions along the way. The arc of the big box mirrors that of the smaller box, with "The Thrill Is Gone" popping up almost exactly at the midpoint, but the greater detail does offer a richer experience, one that captures much of King's enormous influence and legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Imports
UPC: 0600753390863
catalogNumber: 5036261


Disc 1

  1. Miss Martha King
  2. When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes
  3. B.B. Boogie
  4. She's Dynamite
  5. Three O'Clock Blues
  6. Woke Up This Morning
  7. Blind Love
  8. When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
  9. You Upset Me Baby
  10. Ten Long Years
  11. Bad Luck
  12. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles
  13. Early In the Morning
  14. Everyday I Have the Blues
  15. (I've) Got a Right io Love My Baby
  16. It's My Own Fault
  17. Walking Dr. Bill
  18. Rock Me Baby
  19. You Ask Me
  20. Blues At Midnight
  21. Sneakin' Around
  22. How Blue Can You Get?
  23. I Wonder Why
  24. Please Accept My Love
  25. Help the Poor
  26. Never Trust a Woman

Disc 2

  1. Everyday I Have the Blues
  2. Sweet Little Angel
  3. Please Love Me
  4. All Over Again
  5. Tired of Your Jive
  6. Cherry Red
  7. Don't Answer the Door, Pts. 1 & 2
  8. Night Life
  9. Gambler's Blues
  10. Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2
  11. Worried Dream
  12. Paying the Cost To Be the Boss
  13. Watch Yourself
  14. Lucille
  15. Why I Sing the Blues
  16. Confessin' the Blues
  17. The Thrill is Gone

Disc 3

  1. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
  2. Chains and Things
  3. Hummingbird
  4. Worry, Worry
  5. Ghetto Woman
  6. Ain't Nobody Home
  7. Guess Who
  8. I Like To Live the Love
  9. Lucille Talks Back
  10. Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes
  11. Let the Good Times Roll
  12. Mother Fuyer
  13. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)
  14. Better Not Look Down
  15. There Must Be a Better World Somewhere
  16. Nightlife/Please Send Me Someone To Love
  17. Make Love To Me

Disc 4

  1. Into the Night
  2. When Love Comes To Town
  3. Take Off Your Shoes
  4. I'm Moving On
  5. There is Always One More Time
  6. Monday Morning Blues (Blues For Mr. G)
  7. Playin' With My Friends
  8. Confessin' the Blues
  9. Blues Man
  10. I'll Survive
  11. Caldonia
  12. Ain't That Just Like a Woman
  13. Monday Woman
  14. Ten Long Years
  15. Early In the Morning
  16. Key To the Highway
  17. See That My Grave is Kept Clean

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Piano
Bobby "Blue" Bland   Vocals
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals
Lloyd Glenn   Piano
Marty Stuart   Guitar
Johnny Ace   Piano
Patti Austin   Background Vocals
Dr. John   Piano,Keyboards,Guitar
Carole King   Piano
Leon Russell   Piano
Ringo Starr   Drums
Joe Walsh   Guitar
Gary Wright   Organ,Piano
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
George Coleman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Dave Pell   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Woody Shaw   Trumpet
Earl Turbinton   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
John Heard   Bass
Major Holley   Bass
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Howard Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Russell Malone   Rhythm Guitar
Don Wilkerson   Saxophone
Rickey Woodard   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Ronnie Barron   Organ
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Memphis Horns   Horn
Muscle Shoals Horns   Horn
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet,Electric Piano
Ian Thomas   Drums
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Jymie Merritt   Bass
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Tasha Thomas   Vocals
Aarons   Trumpet
Stanley Abernathy   Trumpet
Rudy Aikels   Bass
Robert Anderson   Piano
Joshie Armstead   Vocals
Harold Austin   Saxophone
Marcus Barnett   Percussion
Jewel Bass   Background Vocals
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Johnny Board   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Bolden   Trumpet,Leader
Bono   Vocals
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Ben Branch   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Tony Braunagel   Percussion
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Paulette Brown   Background Vocals
John Browning   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Burton   Trombone
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Charles Veal   Violin,Concert Master
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
Warren Chiasson   Vibes
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass
Henry Coker   Trombone
Brad Cole   Synthesizer
Tony Coleman   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Richard Cousins   Bass
Jim Cox   Synthesizer
Charles Crosby   Conga
Rollice Dale   Viola
Jess Daniels   Rhythm Guitar
Cal David   Guitar
Maxwell Davis   Organ,Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
Ronnie Eades   Baritone Saxophone
Nathan East   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Tommy Eyre   Organ,Keyboards
Wilton Felder   Bass,Tenor Saxophone
Sid Feller   Conductor
Keith Fiddmont   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Fields   Baritone Saxophone
Chuck Findley   Trombone
Fred Ford   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Forest   Drums
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Forte   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Wilbert Freeman   Bass
Steve Gadd   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Sonny Garrish   Guitar
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Harris Goldman   Violin
Janice Gower   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet
William Green   Alto Saxophone
Ed Greene   Drums
Ray Griffin   Bass
William K. "Billy" Hadnott   Bass
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Herb Hardesty   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Norman Harris   Guitar
Paul Harris   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Bill Harvey   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Kevin Hayes   Drums
Catherine Henderson   Background Vocals
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano
Stix Hooper   Drums
Milton Hopkins   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Barney Hubert   Baritone Saxophone
Louis Hubert   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft   Baritone Saxophone
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet,Horn
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Duke Jethro   Organ,Piano
Harry D. Jones   Trumpet
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer Bass
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Walter King   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Nathaniel Kunkel   Shaker
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Michael Landau   Guitar
Neil Larsen   Hammond B3
Leo Lauchie   Bass
Trevor Lawrence   Tenor Saxophone
Millard Lee   Piano
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Ron Levy   Synthesizer,Piano
John J. Longo   Trumpet
Andrew Love   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Connie McBooker   Piano
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Kurt McGettrick   Saxophone
Bob McNeely   Baritone Saxophone
Vince Montana   Vibes
Van Morrison   Harmonica,Vocals
Larry Mullen   Drums
Earl Nash   Percussion,Conga
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Calvin Newborn   Guitar
Phineas Newborn   Piano
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Dick Noel   Trombone
Nils Oliver   Cello
Calvin Owens   Trumpet
Frank Owens   Piano
Earl Palmer   Drums
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Sonny Payne   Drums
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo   Background Vocals
John Porter   Guitar
Harold Potier   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Jerry Ragovoy   Piano
Milt Raskin   Piano
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Edward Rowe   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Richard Sanders   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Louis Satterfield   Bass
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar
Haim Shtrum   Violin
David Spinozza   Guitar
Chris Stainton   Keyboards
John Starks   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Saxman Synigal   Baritone Saxophone
Elli Tarkesty   Guitar
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles   Guitar
James Toney   Organ,Keyboards
Floyd Turnham   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
John Uribe   Guitar
Louis Villery   Bass
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Booker Walker   Alto Saxophone
Cato Walker   Alto Saxophone
Leon Warren   Guitar
Larry Washington   Conga
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Alto Saxophone
John Watson   Trombone
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone
Carson Whitsett   Keyboards
Ernest Williamson   Keyboards
Bob Wray   Bass
Earl Young   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Reggie Young   Guitar
Billy Butler   Guitar
Clem Clempson   Guitar
Tuff Green   Bass
Johnny Pate   Conductor
Michael Spriggs   Guitar
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Leo Blevins   Guitar
Billy Duncan   Saxophone
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Charlie Miller   Trumpet
Bumps Myers   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Burke   Synthesizer,Piano
Vanetta Field   Background Vocals
Dave Crawford   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Eddie Brown   Percussion,Conga
Eddie Jones   Bass
Larrie Londin   Drums
John Anderson   Trumpet
Bob Mitchell   Organ
Tim Carmon   Hammond B3
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Mike Elizondo   Electric Bass
Vennette Gloud   Background Vocals
Cecil McNeely   Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Tomasine Anderson   Background Vocals
Reggie Richards   Bass
James Walker   Bass
Herman Mitchell   Guitar
Larry Williams   Saxophone
George Bohanon   Trombone
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Charlie Dennis   Guitar
Ron Cooper   Cello
Johnny Jones   Guitar
Ted Curry   Drums
James Robinson   Drums
David Allen   Bass
Melvin Jackson   Saxophone
Joe Turner   Bass
Carl Lee   Vocals
David Briggs   Keyboards
Hilmer J. Timbrell   Guitar
Bill Henderson   Violin
Phineas Newborn   Drums
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Jimmy Haskell   Conductor
Billy Payne   Keyboards
Hubert "Bumps" Myers   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Adams   Trumpet
Lennie Castro   Percussion
Paul Polivnick   Viola
Freddie Washington   Bass
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
Charles Brooks   Piano
Gene Dinwiddle   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Peterson   Trombone
Albert Aarons   Trumpet
Fred Jackson   Flute
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Neal Larsen   Organ,Keyboards
Caleb Emphrey   Drums
Kenny Sands   Trumpet
Kasey Cisyk   Background Vocals
Sellers   Guitar
Jewell Grant   Alto Saxophone
V.S. Freeman   Drums
Tom Malone   Trombone
Jim Pugh   Keyboards
Michael Doster   Bass
Barney Freeman   Baritone Saxophone
Thomas Branch   Trumpet
Steve Watson   Guitar
Roy Pope   Trumpet
Bernard Purdie   Drums
Ronald Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Barnerd "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Dennis Quitman   Saxophone
Clayton Ives   Keyboards
Charles Lowe   Trombone
Paul M. Jackson   Guitar
Kenneth Sands   Trumpet
Yolander Charles   Bass
Scott Edwards   Bass
Sammy Jett   Trombone
Roland Bautisa   Guitar
Robert Murray   Rhythm Guitar
Charles Mann   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Peter J. Clayton   Composer
Robert Cray   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Furry Lewis   Composer
Willie Mabon   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Jesse Belvin   Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
Frederick Knight   Composer,Producer
Leon Russell   Composer
U2   Composer
Hank Crawford   Horn Arrangements
Leonard Feather   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Ben Pollack   Composer
Joe Sample   Composer,Producer
Walter Brown   Composer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Jim Price   Horn Arrangements
Sidney Barnes   Composer
Bono   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Harrison Calloway   Horn Arrangements
Peter Chatman   Composer
Eric Clapton   Producer
Simon Climie   Producer
Maxwell Davis   Arranger
Pluma Davis   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Wilton Felder   Producer
Sid Feller   Arranger,Producer
André Fischer   Producer
Bill Harvey   Arranger
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
Ken Hirsch   Composer
Stix Hooper   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Ron Jacobs   Remixing
Will Jennings   Composer
George Kerr   Composer
B.B. King   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Source Material
Darlene Koldenhoven   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Paul Mares   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer,Executive Producer
Ed Michel   Producer
Van Morrison   Arranger
Ira Newborn   Composer,Producer
Calvin Owens   Horn Arrangements
Doc Pomus   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes,Essay
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Dennis Walker   Composer,Producer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Joe Zagarino   Producer,Engineer
Bert de Coteaux   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Source Material
Dr. John   Composer
David Ritz   Source Material
Carl Adams   Composer
Miles Grayson   Composer
John Landis   Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Mel Stitzel   Composer
Dave Crawford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pete Matthews   Tape Research
Peter Gibbon   Source Material
Paul Waller   drum programming
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Lou Zito   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Bobby Lexing   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Joe Bihari   Producer
Charles Segar   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
JoAnne Belvin   Composer
Rick Darnell   Composer
Janet Despenza   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes,Essay
Dave Clark   Composer
Gary Ashley   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Floyd Lieberman   Executive Producer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
Joe Turner   Composer
Matt Read   Art Direction
William Norvas   Composer
Leslie Fancourt   Source Material
Jimmy Haskell   String Arrangements
A. Knight   Composer
John Lee Williamson   Composer
Patrick Devuono   Composer
David McGee   Source Material
Jim Dollarhide   Producer
Lemon Jefferson   Composer
Lou Gross   Composer
John Broven   Source Material
Charles Singleton   Composer
Allan Copeland   Composer
James F. Johnson   Composer
Pete Johnson   Composer
Beth Lopez-Barron   Tape Research
Hampton Reese   Arranger
Eddie Rowe   Arranger
Kristin Bensch   Tape Research
Sidney A. Siedenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
Charles Mann   Composer

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