A very cool limited edition set from BB King – including two tracks that appear on vinyl for the first time ever! The leadoff cut is the seminal “The Thrill Is Gone”, with great charts from Bert DeCoteaux – followed by the single version of “You’re Mean”, plus “The Thrill Is Gone (live at the BBC)” from 1978, and “Goin Down Slow (live in Chicago)” from 1966!
Record Store Day Black Friday 2015 release. Limited edition of 3000 copies.
This 25-track CD of mostly previously unissued recordings are drawn from his sessions for Modern Records between 1954 and 1962. ‘Be Careful Baby’ is a rare thing – a B. B. King song that has never been released before in any version, while two tracks appeared on our 2014 RPM compilation ‘Speak Easy’. The version of ‘Catfish Blues’ is from a completely different session to the familiar issued version and from B. B. ‘s commentary appears to be the version he played on the road. There are many comments from B. B. and the band which provide an insight into the recording process and B. B. ‘s relaxed and informal manner in the studio. The CD ends with a previous unheard interview, recorded backstage at the Fillmore Ballroom in San Francisco with radio station KSAY at the 10/10 spot on your dial.
BB King-The Life Of Riley is powerful, insightful and heart-warming feature documentary about legendary Blues man, BB King. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring contributions by, amongst others, Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Slash, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Bruce Willis.
In order to create as insightful a film as possible, director Jon Brewer worked closely with BB for over 2 years, amassing 250 hours of footage. This is a no holds barred, powerful documentary feature that explores how a black kid born in Mississippi in 1925 turned his life around, battled against the odds and against unrelenting racism, to overcome even the toughest critics in the entertainment industry, to become King Of The Blues.
This OST was developed by following the music used in the movie. The original 2CD tracklisting contains 26 career spanning songs as featured in the film, in the same order they appear in the movie. The tracklistings offers the listener the same perspective as watching the film. Features two songs never issued on CD: – Walking Dr. Bill (Live in Australia 1974) – Sweet Sixteen (Live In Africa 1974).
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.
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