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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King

  • 1. Three O'Clock Blues
    2. Everyday I Have the Blues
    3. Sneakin' Around
    4. How Blue Can You Get
    5. Don't Answer the Door
    6. Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
    7. Thrill Is Gone, The
    8. Ain't Nobody Home
    9. Don't You Lie to Me
    10. Inflation Blues
    11. Playin' With My Friends
    12. I'll Survive
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000487

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: B.B. King (vocals, guitar); Hugh McCrackin, David Spinozza, John Uribe (guitar); Lawrence Burdine (alto saxophone); Bump Mayers, Vernon Slater (tenor saxophone); Floyd Turnham, Jerome Richardson (baritone saxophone); Richard Sanders, Billy Duncan, Bobby Keys (saxophone); Jim Price (trumpet, trombone); Kenny Sands, Carl Adams, Henry Boozier, Hobart Dotson, John Browing (trumpets); Pluma Davis (trombone); Johnny Ace, Lloyd Glenn, Charles Brooks, Doctor Ragavoy (piano); Paul Harris (keyboards); Duke Jethro (organ); Tuff Green, Ralph Hamilton, Leo Lauchie, Gerald "Fingers" Jemmott, Klaus Voorman (bass); Earl Forest, Jesse Sailes, Sonny Freeman, Herbie Lovelle, Jim Keltner (drums); Joshie Armstead, Tasha Thomas, Carl Hall (background vocals).
    Producers includes: Sid Feller, Johnny Pate, Lou Zito, Bill Szymczyk, Ed Michael.
    Compilation producers: Andy McKaie.
    Recorded between 1963 & 1998. Includes liner David McGee, Martin Scorsese.
    Issued as part of a series in conjunction with the major television documentary series The Blues, this is a hop-skip-jump 12-song compilation of tracks spanning nearly half a century, from the early '50s to the late '90s. For a man whose prolific career has actually been the subject of more than one box set, it's a rather skimpy overview. Still, the kind of listeners who buy this sort of thing aren't looking for box sets, but for a sampler or introductory portal. What's here is certainly worthy, including his 1950s hits "Three O'Clock Blues" and "Every Day (I Have the Blues)"; a few of his more fully produced, brassy 1960s ABC sides; the 1969 breakthrough pop hit "The Thrill Is Gone"; and just three post-1976 tracks, one of which ("Playin' With My Friends") features Robert Cray as co-lead vocalist and guitarist. "Sweet Sixteen," "Sweet Little Angel," and "Rock Me Baby" are just a few of the substantial hits conspicuous by their absence. There's something to be said for a single-disc King anthology that cross-licenses from throughout his career, but the best compilations focusing on specific eras of his work give a much better idea of his scope and depth. ~ Richie Unterberger

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