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B.B. King: Here's One You Didn't Know About: From the RPM & Kent Vaults

Track List

>Catfish Blues (aka Fishin' After Me) [Alternate Version]
>Be Careful Baby
>Growing Old [Take 2]
>I Gotta Find My Baby [Take 8, 1960s Version]
>Long Nights (The Feeling They Call the Blues) [Take 4]
>Loving You in Vain (aka Heartache and Pain) [Alternate to Ace CDCHM 966]
>Shut Your Mouth [Take 1]
>Sweet Little Angel [Version 1, Alternate Take]
>Sweet Little Angel [Take 1]
>Bad Case of Love [Take 6]
>Talkin' the Blues [Take 2]
>Whole Lotta Love [Take 1, 1963 Re-Record]
>You Know I Go for You [Alternate Version]
>You've Been an Angel [Take 1]
>Be Careful with a Fool [Take 11]
>When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer [Take 1]
>Don't You Want a Man Like Me [Take 3]
>Early in the Morning [Take 2]
>I Wonder Why [Take 4]
>Partin' Time [Take 3]
>Soul Beat (aka Powerhouse) [Take 1]
>Why Not [Take 8-A]
>Woman I Love [Copper Colored Mama] [Take 3], The
>Whole Lotta Meat (aka Hey Little Girl) [Take 10]
>Going Down Slow [Take 2, 1959 Version]

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Dick Shurman.

The title of Ace's 2016 compilation Here's One You Didn't Know About: From the RPM & Kent Vaults is no lie. This set rounds up 25 alternate takes of songs B.B. King cut in the late '50s and early '60s, 23 of which are making their debut here (the other two popped up on the 2014 Ace compilation The RPM Story, Vol. 2, so they can't be called overly familiar). If these sides don't deliver much in the way of surprise -- usually B.B. didn't attempt a different arrangement or tempo on the alternate arrangements, so these alternates find him and his crew attempting to create the right vibe -- it nevertheless is a pleasure to hear the young King woodshedding his distinctive styles as a guitarist and vocalist. Often, it's the guitar that pops: the single-line leads jump and slash, often propelling the songs and providing a reason to listen to these otherwise familiar-sounding alternate takes. Certainly, this is the kind of thing that appeals primarily to the hardcore, but for that group of fans, this is a pleasure. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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