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B.B. KING – Live in St. Quentin 1990

Posted in B.B. KING, BLUES on December 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

B.B. KING – Live in St. Quentin 1990


Much gutsier than the REGAL album, this is in harmony with the patrons as King plays to a different audience; the inmates of one of America’s toughest prisons. King devotes a lot of his time every year performing to prisoners, and he coummunicates on this album without patronizing them. This is a fairly predictable set but the high level recording (presumably to block out any obscenities) makes it one of his most exciting live albums. Songs he has played a thousand times sound fresh and energetic, notably “Everyday I Have The Blues” and “Let The Good Times Roll.”
B.B. King- (Vocals, Guitar);
Leon Warren- (Guitar);
Walter King, Edgar Synigal- (Sax);
James Bolden- (Trumpet);
Eugene Carrier- (Keyboards);
Michael Doster- (Bass);
Calep Emphrey- (Drums).
02.Let The Good Times Roll
03.Every Day I Have The Blues
04.Whole Lotta Loving
05.Sweet Little Angel
06.Never Make A Move Too Soon
07.Into The Night
08.Ain’t Nobody’s Business
09.Thrill Is Gone
10.Peace To The World
11.Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
12.Sweet Sixteen
13.Rock Me Baby
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B.B. KING – Kansas City 1972

Posted in B.B. KING, BLUES on December 17, 2010 by whoisthemonk

B.B. KING – Kansas City 1972
1996 Issue.BA001

This is pure blues, in 1972 B. B. King was in great shape and this is the recording of a memorable concert. It kind of feels like you’re there, in Kansas City while you’re listening to this record; King talks to the public, he introduces, joking, his great musicians and plays wonderfully his guitar Lucille. A record that no blues lover should be without.
This album is a masterpiece and deserves much greater acclamation. It captures B.B. King’s guitar playing at its finest and cements his position as a guitaring legend to anyone in doubt. The sensational playing in this album defines the concept of ‘soulful’ playing.

To my disappoint, I usually find that B.B. King’s albums are drowning in backing orchestration, with too much percussion and too many brass instruments. The arrangements in this album however, are much simpler and the lack of backing instruments allows B.B. King’s guitar playing and epic singing to dominate. A simplified approach gives a record a much more soulful feel, which is much more suiting than the usual jovial big-band sound which I find inappropriate for the genre (unfortunately there are still 2 or 3 songs on the album where this style is used, including the introduction – so don’t be put off straight away). Every track on this album is great and features something unique.

I believe that this is one of the most underrated albums of all time and I am shocked that this is its first review. I would rank it in my top five. B.B. King himself said that he thought ‘Live at the Regal’ was not his best work, despite its major success. I wonder if he had ‘Live in Kansas’ in mind when he said that. (I personally think that the only track of any worth on Regal is ‘Worry, Worry’)
If you are a fan of B.B King or an aficionado of soulful Blues in general, then you must undoubtedly buy this album.
01. Introduction 3:29
02. The Thrill Is Gone 5:04
03. Sweet Little Angel 5:11
04. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother 4:50
05. Guess Who 3:51
06. King’s Shuffle 3:17
07. Outside Help 7:38
08. I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up Living 5:31
09. Ain’t Nobody Home 7:23

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B.B. KING – Indianola Mississippi Seeds 1970

Posted in B.B. KING, BLUES on December 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

B.B. KING – Indianola Mississippi Seeds 1970
1989 Issue.


Oh lordie lord
Oh lordie lord
It hurts me so bad for us to part
But someday baby
I ain’t gonna worry my life anymore

So many nights since you’ve been gone
I’ve had to worry and grieve my life alone
But someday baby
I ain’t gonna worry my life anymore
B.B. King hasn’t made many better pop-flavored albums than this. Besides making Leon Russell’s “Hummingbird” sound like his own composition, King showed that you can put the blues into any situation and make it work. Carole King was one of several pop luminaries who did more than just hang on for the ride.
By Ron Wynn, All Music Guide.
In the late ’60s and early ’70s, B.B. King made a series of albums in Los Angeles using rock-world ringers and session players as ABC sought to replicate the chart success of “The Thrill Is Gone.” These recordings are mostly dispassionate filler, but this album is an exception. Produced by Bill Szymczyk and featuring guitarist Joe Walsh, pianists Carole King and Leon Russell, and drummer Russ Kunkel among its players, B.B. delivers minor classics in the stirring “King’s Special” and the hard blues “Until I’m Dead and Cold.” He also takes his only recorded turn at piano, vamping briefly through a flippant croon he calls “Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (And She Could Be Jiving Too).”
By Ted Drozdowski.
Although not quite as strong and cohesive as B.B. King’s previous release “Completely Well”, “Indianola Mississippi Seeds” contains some sweetly scintillating, chills up and down your spine musical vibes. These bluesy, rhythmic pulsations are supplied by a bevy of young, then unknown up and coming musicians, featuring the likes of Joe Walsh (rhythm guitar), Carole King (piano/electric piano) and Leon Russell (piano/electric piano). Together, along with “The King Of The Blues” himself, these four individuals (B.B. included) really put their own unique brand of polish to the tracks featured on “IMS”, such as “You’re Still My Woman”, “Don’t Ask Me No Questions”, “Until I’m Dead And Cold”, “Go Underground”, and let’s not forget the Russell-penned “Hummingbird”, where Leon gives his all both musically and lyrically here. “King’s Special”, the CD’s lone instrumental, is indeed special. It is on this track where “Lucille” gets wonderfully downright sassy, and she pulls no punches in the process! The main thing about these “Seeds”, is not only are they edible, they also contain an extra amount of sweetness, and will make any set of taste buds come to life! With that ultra-hip, snazzy CD cover (featuring a watermelon carved in the shape of a guitar), including the noteworthy musical selections featured on this disc, one would think MCA would give “IMS” the remaster treatment, to which it rightfully deserves (and thus is long overdue), complete with the original album cover artwork, including liner notes and a lyric sheet. One major drawback to various parts of the instrumentation, as featured on this “Compact Disc-Compact Price” version of “IMS”, is that Joe Walsh’s rhythm guitar, Leon Russell’s and Carole King’s piano/keyboard playing comes across as sounding barely audible in spots. Hopefully MCA will adress this issue if they decide to remaster “IMS”. These pre-mastered seeds are still quite tasty, nonetheless, and will leave you craving all the moreso. So please, by all means, eat to your heart’s content! After all, B.B. wouldn’t have it any other way for his devoted fans (even though I consider myself to be more of a casual fan, but a lover of B.B. King’s music, nonetheless).
By  David Hugaert.
B.B. King- Guitar, Vocals
Sherlie Mathews- Choir, Chorus
Clydie King- Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Merry Clayton- Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Venetta Fields- Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sherlie Matthews- Vocals
Carole King- Piano, Piano (Electric)
Leon Russell- Piano, Conductor
Hugh McCracken- Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
Joe Walsh- Guitar, Rhythm Guita
Paul Harris- Piano, Keyboards
Jimmie Haskell- Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Gerald Jemmott, Bryan Garofalo- Bass
Herb Lovelle, Russ Kunkel- Drums
01. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother 1:26
02. You’re Still My Woman 6:04
03. Ask Me No Questions 3:08
04. Until I’m Dead And Cold 4:45
05. King’s Special 5:10
06. Ain’t Gonna Worry My Life Anymore 5:20
07. Chains And Things 4:53
08. Go Underground 4:03
09. Hummingbird 4:38

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Jimi HENDRIX, BB KING and Paul BUTTERFIELD Blues Band 1968

Posted in B.B. KING, BLUES, Jimi HENDRIX, Paul BUTTERFIELD on December 14, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jimi HENDRIX, BB KING and Paul BUTTERFIELD Blues Band 1968
Generation Club, NYC. April 15, 1968.
Credits to *dexondaz*


Jimi Hendrix- Guitar & Vocals
B.B. King- Guitar & Vocals
Elvin Bishop- Guitar & Vocals
Buzzy Feiten- Bass
Paul Butterfield- Harmonica
Al Kooper- Organ
Philip Wilson- Drums
Stuart- Piano
Don Martin- Guitar
01.Ad-Libbed Impromptu Blues
02.Kooper’s Shuffle
03.Like A Rolling Stone
04.San-Ho-Zay – Instrumental Blues Jam
05.Slow Blues
06.Fast Blues
07.It’s My Own Fault

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B.B. KING – L.A. Midnight 1972

Posted in B.B. KING, BLUES on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

B.B. KING – L.A. Midnight 1972
2009 Issue.


L.A. Midnight is a 1972 electric blues album by B. B. King. The album features two extended guitar jams with fellow guitarists Jesse Ed Davis and Joe Walsh (“Midnight” and “Lucille’s Granny”).
This release comes straight from B.B. King’s commercial peak (that is, prior to the unprecedented Top Ten success of Riding with the King in 2000), and it is a perplexing LP where greatness and aimlessness lie side by side. Using a freely eclectic mix of sidemen from Los Angeles, King strides to some sterling performances in certain tracks. The King is at his sly peak on I Got Some Help I Don’t Need, uproariously humorous and hurt at the same time, with crazy wah-wah filigrees laced within, and Can’t You Hear Me Talking to You is also tight and right. One of his best recordings of Sweet Sixteen leads off side two, where the lyric is updated to suit the times (I just got back from Vietnam, babyAnd you know I’m a long, long way from New Orleans and band, singer and his guitar rise to an emotional crescendo down the stretch. Guitarists Jesse Ed Davis and Joe Walsh join King on the two longest jams (Midnight, Lucille’s Granny. Get this one for the outstanding disciplined stuff. – Richard S. Ginell at All Music Guide.
Mel Brown, Jesse Ed Davis- Guitar
John Browning, Bobby Bryant- Trumpet
Randy California (Randy Craig Wolfe)- Guitar
Red Callender- Tuba
Victor Feldman, Clifford Coulter- Percussion, Keyboards
Paul Harris- Keyboards
Red Holloway, Barney Hubert, Plas Johnson, Earl Turbinton- Saxophone
B.B. King- Guitar, Vocals
Sanford Konikoff- Percussion
Taj Mahal- Guitar, Harmonica
John Turk- Organ
Joe Walsh- Guitar
Ronald Brown, Bryan Garofalo, Wilbert Freeman- Bass
Sonny Freeman, Bob Morin, Earl Palmer- Drums
01. I Got Some Help I Don’t Need Clark, King 5:45
02. Help the Poor Singleton 3:42
03. Can’t You Hear Me Talking Clark, King 3:32
04. Midnight King 8:10
05. Sweet Sixteen Josea, King 6:58
06. I’ve Been Blue Too Long Clark, King 5:23
07. Lucille’s Granny King 8:07

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