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Best BB King albums....

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by joebloggs13, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Afflicted

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    Have been listening to a lot of BB lately and was wondering what people here think what his best is.
    Cheers!
     
  2. Blue Bill

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    Live at Cook County Jail
    Live at the Regal
     
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    BB King was somewhat luckier and more savvy than say Roy Buchanan, in the studio and always saw himself as a singer ( and he was)
    But Like Roy, his records never quite captured the live thing. Listen carefully and you'll hear Mr. King play some stuff .
    He kept safe in big concerts and stuff, but I was lucky enough to see him in 1968, in a small place, and he could play WAYYY more stuff than you'll hear normally.

     
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    Live at the regal gets my vote
     
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    Great post Joe! BB is one of my all time favorites! Probably my favorite albums
    are what Blu Bill said - I enjoyed then when they came out.

    Probably my favorite BB song of all is "all over again" like warrent's last song....wow! Singing is crazy good...guitar is totally out of this world, and the lyrics are totally killer! Warrents link with the interview is really interesting... the interviewer identifies the notes / chords and describes the music theory... it seems BB doesn't get all of that (but a lot) but he knows what to do and that it's something special.... what great music!!

    Thank you all!!!
     
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    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    I love listening to these again. Thanks for the posts!
    For some reason, I seldom hear Live in Japan mentioned. It's my favorite. He was at the top of his game, and the whole band just smokes.





     
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    I like the mid/late 60s stuff best.
    Sure glad I got to see him.
    It was on his 72nd birthday.
    He and his band were mesmerizing!
     
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    I agree with Live at the Regal & Live at Cook County Jail, but one of his later ones that I really came to like is Blues on the Bayou, from the late ‘90s. Just a bunch of good solid songs and great guitar. Not fancy guitar, that was never BB’s thing, but great, tasteful, BB King guitar.
     
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    live in japan is a great album. the hands down, best version of sweet sixteen is on an album called L.A. Midnight. joe walsh produced and played on some tracks.
     
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    There's a lot of BB King's, Vegas BB, Tonight show BB ( with BB king telling Carson how proud he was of his ring and then playing a killer version of thrill is gone) and BB king the blues guy. I like all of them. His album with Bobby Blue bland (together again for the first time) is the rat pack for blues aficionados. I love the A and E special linked below where BB talks to his fans and plays their requests. Its fun and musical in a way you don't normally get to here a serious gifted musician.

    But I was also lucky enough to see BB for the first time in 1977 at the colonial tavern. I am not a religious man but if there was ever a revelation it was as a 16 year old kid spending two hours 5 feet from BB king playing the hardest loudest blues I would ever hear ( well I saw Muddy a few weeks later but still..) and the jazz cigarettes with the band between sets didn't hurt either.

     
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    Cook county jail is awesome, I had a German pressing of it that sounded amazing
     
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    Another vote for Live In Japan. Never gets old and it's his best guitar tone that I've heard.
     
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    Live at the Regal--Help the Poor.
     
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    I'll cast another vote for Live at the Cook County Jail.
    It's on my "desert island" playlist.
     
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    ^^^^^

    Featuring a stellar version of the Willie Nelson song "Nightlife"

     
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    Its a toss up between Live at the Regal and Cook County Jail, which leaves me only 3 other choices for my top 5 blues recordings.
    Pretty glad I got to see him several times in the 70s and 80s, I was close to the stage at a couple shows and really looked over his rig. . . I think it was all in his fingers.
     
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    Singin' the Blues, 1956, was his first album and my favorite. Incredible early versions of the hits that he often played live later, like at Regal. So much T-Bone Walker in the tone and playing, but it's all BB.

     
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    For the early stuff.. Great compilation album!

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