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Makin Love Is Good for You
Genres: Blues, Pop
On this thoroughly enjoyable outing, the elder blues statesman does not stray from the formula that made the Grammy-winning Blues on the Bayou such an artistic and commercial success. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Lafaye... more »
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On this thoroughly enjoyable outing, the elder blues statesman does not stray from the formula that made the Grammy-winning Blues on the Bayou such an artistic and commercial success. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Lafayette, Louisiana, and once again produced by B.B. himself, the disc features a similarly rough and tumble electric trad-blues style. The five new songs are up to his usual standards, and all 14 tracks benefit greatly from the lithe, assured support of B.B.'s touring band, the B.B. King Blues Boys. His voice and guitar playing are supple and slinky; if only we all could be doing such vital, wonderful work at the age of 74. --Mike McGonigal
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Tim Weber | Iowa | 05/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you loved "Blues on the Bayou" you'll love this: same band for the most part (B.B.'s touring band), same idea (stripped-down, "live" sounding disc produced by B.B. and featuring mostly new songs), generous track selection, energetic playing. B.B. may be past his prime in both playing and singing, but it hardly matters. This is a strong set with committed, passionate music. While a contemporary like John Lee Hooker is mostly coasting, playing the same songs over and over and relying on guests, B.B.'s approach is marvelously encouraging. "I Got to Leave This Woman" gets the disc off to a sensational start. "Don't Go No Farther" and a couple of B.B.'s own songs are nice. When he sings, on A.C. Reed's "I'm in the Wrong Business": "I'm in the wrong business, swear I ain't lyin', I stay hungry, broke all the time," you have trouble believing him. You're just fine, B.B."
A dissenting view
Patrick Duffy | Beaverton, OR USA | 05/22/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love B.B. King's work. I listen to it almost every day. But I was disappointed in this album. Unlike "Blues on the Bayou" and some of his other recent albums, "Makin Love Is Good For You" is tired. The blues is not always high energy, adrenalin heavy. But this album's material is not first class and the performances reflects it. It sounds like it was done late in a long tour. I hope his new album, coming out next month, is better. He is still the King."
Proof positive that older is better!
Patrice Webb | Georgetown, California USA | 05/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At 74 and still growing, B.B. King has produced yet another CD that proves that you don't have to be young to have what it takes. Like 1998's "Blues on the Bayou" this CD sticks to the basics - classic B.B. classic blues. On the classic Buddy Johnson song "Since I Fell For You", with its tasteful and sublime piano, King has reinvented the song and has made it his own. Another classic, Willie Dixon's "Don't go No Farther" is given similar treatment as well. The CD contains 6 new B.B. King songs that hold up well to past B.B. compositions prooving that King is a classic bluesman as well.Makin' Love is Good For You - Yes Mr. B.B. it is and you can keep right on doin' it to us too!"