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B.B. King: Live at the Regal

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128) - Ranked #141 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "[I]t remains his definitive live set. His guitar sound was precise and powerful, driving emotional versions of some of his most influential songs."

JazzTimes (12/97, p.144) - "...one of the all-time great blues documents..."

Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Album Notes

2 LPs on 1 CD; both CDs are available seperately.

Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar); Kenny Sands (trumpet); Johnny Board, Bobby Forte (tenor saxophone); Duke Jethro (piano); Leo Lauchie (bass); Sonny Freeman (drums).

Producer: Johnny Pate.

Reissue producer: Andy McKaie.

Recorded live at The Regal Theatre Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 1964. Includes liner notes by Dick Shurman & Rick Ward.

Digitally remastered by Eric Labson (MCA Music Media Studios, North Hollywood, California).

Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar); Kenny Sands (trumpet); Johnny Board, Bobby Forte (tenor saxophone); Duke Jethro (piano); Leo Lauchie (bass); Sonny Freeman (drums).

Recorded live at The Regal Theatre, Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 1964. Includes liner notes by Rick Ward & Leonard Feather.

No matter how good the studio sessions were, B.B. King was at his best on stage in front of an appreciative, if not ecstatic crowd. This set, recorded at Chicago's premier black theater on Novermber 21, 1964, delivered just that. Despite the less than perfect recording conditions, at a time when technology had yet to catch up with the demands placed upon it, the King of the Blues delivers a definitive performance on a programm that includes his recent single "Help The Poor." Also included in this set is a clutch of songs that were responsible for much of his success, "Everyday I Have The Blues," "Sweet Little Angel," "It's My Own Fault," "You Upset Me Baby" and "Woke Up This Morning" among them. The band, including tenorman Johnny Board and organist Duke Jethro, is lean but tight, providing King with a springboard from which to leap into flights of immaculate guitar playing and singing.



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