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Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
There are countless B.B. King collections out there, but this is one of the few that really captures the development of his groundbreaking style in the '50s. Why these essential masters from the R.P.M., Modern, and Kent im... more »
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There are countless B.B. King collections out there, but this is one of the few that really captures the development of his groundbreaking style in the '50s. Why these essential masters from the R.P.M., Modern, and Kent imprints had never been released before on CD is truly a mystery. But why complain now? Here for your pleasure are early (and some original) versions of B.B. signature songs like "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Sweet Little Angel," and "Three O'Clock Blues." On each track, you can hear King crying the blues and executing T-Bone Walker-style solos with the energy and confidence of a young man. The sting of his guitar "Lucille" is made even more powerful due to the early stereophonic sound, and his studio bands pack a primitive wallop as well. --Ken Hohman
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NOT the original recordings!
Gregg A. Sneirson | Brookline, MA USA | 07/02/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am an enormous fan of B.B. King's early work -- I listen toit all the time. Don't be fooled by this CD: these are not theoriginal recordings they purport to be. In the late 60s, King's old label, Modern Records, wanted to cash in on his newfound popularity. They decided to reissue his early recordings, but they apparently thought that the sound quality was lacking. They overdubbed new bass, drum and horn parts onto them -- destroying the original character of the recordings, and making them all sound the same. This CD is a reissue of THAT release -- NOT of the originals. For a fantastic CD of the original, unadulterated cuts, get "B.B. King: His First Two Original Albums on One CD" on the Flair label. Amazon carries that one, too, and it's a 5-star CD!"
When B.B. Was Really Hot...
Fred Rafael Rednor | D.C. | 02/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one one the truly great Blues compilations. The recordings were made when B.B. was really doing more than just playing the Blues - both his singing and guitar work were "on fire". These are the songs that made him so legendary and influential.
Also, on this CD the songs haven't had a horn section over-dubbed onto the tracks. This was the case on some of the compilations that were issued on LP in the '60s. What you have here is the original sound - on the border between smooth and raw - made many years before B.B. decided to become a Pop performer.
By the way, one of the other reviews gives this CD only 1 star. I think the reviewer misunderstood the rating system, since the tone of his review is actually lauditory."