Which BB King?

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  1. 4mal

    4mal Friend of Leo's

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    my fav of all is the recent Let the Good Times Roll - BB does the songs of Louis Jordan. Big band setting and what a band! from maybe 3 or 4 years back. Not a great example of his playing but a really fun disc.
     
  2. weelie

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    Re: Blues is King

    ...Except me and Moster Mike.

    It is GREAT, but I think Regal just is more widely distributed. It's also inexpensive, you can get BIK CD for $6.
     
  3. Eric Karonen

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    I love the early stuff

    If that's 1950-51, what he's holding in his arms?

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    Well DUUU-UUUH! It's a Nocaster!
     
  5. Mickey

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    Re: Blues is King

    that's what I meant. Blues is king. Not King of the Blues. A fountain of misinformation, that's me ...
     
  6. trag-o-caster

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    Actually that's an Esquire, unless it's a different guitar from the other famous picture of him holding a Tele style.
     
  7. Johnny Sunshine

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    I agree that the "Riding With the King" album sounds a little dry, but the last tune on it, "Come Rain or Come Shine" is one of my FAVORITE songs. I just love it. Harold Arlen is my favorite songwriter, along with jerome kern and i was so excited when i saw that on there.

    its a cool recording too, even if the guitar sounds a little "mic'd"
     
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    It seems that I read somewhere that Clapton used a SF Deluxe Reverb for those sessions, and you can probably bank on B.B. using his Lab Series (one my favorite amps). I may be wrong, but I'll blame the somewhat sterile guitar tones on modern digital recording technology. We're just so used to hearing them after they've been tracked on 2" tape.

    B.B. albums to avoid? Many studio albums for sure. There was one REAL bad one called "Guess Who", with a picture of B. lying on the beach on the cover. Not good. I've read terrible things about the "Love Me Tender" album. My wife bought that for one song that was on it, and I remember actually liking that album.
     
  9. Geo

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    I'm also a big fan of the "BB King Singin' The Blues/The Blues"
    twofer on Flair. I like the way he played then. Pretty sure
    those were originally done on Crown circa late '50s.

    I have to look for those other earlier Kent compilations and
    that all instrumental one.

    Oddly I like a lot of his "Dueces Wild" one for
    something done relatively more recent.

    Eric, I have a postcard bought in Memphis with another (different) photo of BB holding that Esquire.
    I wonder which LPs or cuts the esquire was on
    if any. Maybe something(?) from '50-'52.
     
  10. zane

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    I've got tickets to go see him on the 25th at Billy Bob's . I have never had the chance to see him live.I 'm purty xited. Wish i could've seen him about 30 yrs ago.
     
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    I'd skip all studio output of the 70s and 80s, unless you particularly like 80s pop and synthesizers...

    Oh, "Indianola Mississippi Seeds" (1970) is the notable exception here. I think it's very good.

    The 90s and 00s have been quite good for BB King in the studio. No absolute must haves or classics, I guess, but some fine CDs. Like the wonderful Jordan tribute.
     
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    Oddly enough, at all the BB King shows I've been to, the old-style promo poster has a picture of BB with the Esquire instead of Lucille. That never seemed to fit quite right, since BB's always been the kind of performer that dressed up for a show; Lucille is a tuxedo kind of guitar, an Esquire ain't.

    Of the recent studio albums, I loved "Blues On The Bayou," "Let The Good Times Roll," and "Christmas Album of Hope." I love all the songs on "Making Love Is Good For You," but the sound is just a hair over-produced sounding to me. I don't feel the organic energy in that album that I do on the others.

    He had that same cold guitar tone on the "Deuces Wild" album, but I eventually came to love most of the songs. There's another duets album called "Blues Summit" that I really loved, and if I remember right most of the guest stars were more traditional blues artists.
     
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    The 1st 2 times I saw BB in '68 and then '69 he was using a
    Super Reverb. It was easy for me to remember because I
    had one also then. At the one in '69 while he chatted with the
    audience between songs and while doing that played fast and
    fluid jazz scales sort of like Kenny Burrell. I was kind of
    impressed that he had that diversity. Think played an
    ES-345 then, definitely red.

    One of my favorite BB photos is him early on and on stage
    with Bill Harvey. It is the one with the blonde ES-5 and he is
    wearing a suit but with Bermuda shorts. It's a classic!
     
  14. KBR

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    BB King

    As stated , BLUES IS KING, is The best for a PAF Equipped 335 and a Super Reverb, just a classic record.
    I got that in 66, when it came out and still listen to it,
    (& take a few ideas from it!)
    My Kind of Blues, as Mike Welch stated is a Great lp/cd.
    Anson and Jimmie Vaughan must have owned that one, take a listen.
    My Wife had an instrumental BB lp called Spotlight on Lucille that is stellar! Dig that slow Backwards shuffle, what a record.
    & all the old ones, Kent/Modern/RPM are cool.
    BB is the Man!
     
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