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This essential LP release includes B. B. Kingâs splendid album, The Blues, which was originally issued in 1958 and marked his second LP on the Bihari brothersâ Crown label. It collects a dozen sides King cut for RPM and Kent between 1951 and 1958. This album is distinguished by a raw, ragged feel, which proves refreshing in light of the artistâs subsequent slicker recordings. It has a loose, roadhouse vibe and features B. B. King backed by a full band, including horns, piano, harmonica, and a thumping rhythm section. At the heart of the set are Kingâs stinging, soulful leads and his passionate vocals, serving up instant classics like âWhy Does Everything Happen to Meâ and âWhen My Heart Beats Like a Hammer.â As was often the case with Crownâs product, The Blues used a single hit tune (in this case the aforementioned âWhen My Heart Beats Like a Hammer,â a Top Ten R&B chart entry in 1954) to help sell a package of lesser-known material, but thankfully the label also picked some great tunes that hardly sound like filler, even if they didnât make the charts. The album is dominated by muscular, horndriven performances with B. B. Kingâs interjections of single-note riffs and powerful string bends punctuating the arrangements, and his songwriting was already stellar, with âI Want to Get Married,â âDonât You Want a Man Like Me,â and âRuby Leeâ demonstrating his way with a melody and lyrics. In addition to the original LP, this collectorâs edition includes 4 bonus tracks from the same period: the staple âEveryday I Have the Blues,â the heart-felt blues ballads âSweet Little Angel,â âMy Sometime Baby,â and the joyful âIâm In Love.â
B. B. KING, vocals and guitar, plus:
The Maxwell Davis Orchestra.
Probable personnel: Maxwell Davis, Jack McVea,
Charles Waller, Lorenzo Holden, Bumps Myers,
Maurice Simon (tenor saxophone), Jewell L.
Grant (alto saxophone), Floyd Turnham (baritone
saxophone), Jack âVernonâ Porter (trumpet),
Tommy Tedesco (guitar), Red Callender or Ralph
Hamilton (bass), Willard McDaniel (piano),
Jesse Sailes or Jesse Price (drums).
Arranged and conducted by Maxwell Davis.
Recorded between 1951 and 1958.
Original recordings produced by Maxwell Davis
or Joe Bihari.
|Medie||Musik LP (LP VINYL)|
|Label||PAN AM RECORDS|
|Mål||314 × 314 × 3 mm|
|Estimeret vægt||300 g|
- Why Do Things Happen to Me
- Ruby Lee
- When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
- Past Day
- Boogie Woogie Woman
- Early in the Morning
- Sweet Little Angel (Bonus Track)
- Everyday I Have the Blues (Bonus Track)
- I Want to Get Married
- That Ain't the Way to Do It
- Troubles, Troubles, Troubles
- Don't You Want a Man Like Me
- You Know I Go for You
- What Can I Do
- My Sometime Baby (Bonus Track)
- I'm in Love (Bonus Track)