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Format: CD
Sku: 60142089
UPC: 008811067724
UPC 14: 00008811067724
Release Date: 10/20/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Miss Martha King - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
2. She's Dynamite ~ B.B. King
3. Three O'Clock Blues ~ B.B. King
4. Please Love Me ~ B.B. King
5. You Upset Me Baby ~ B.B. King
6. Everyday I Have The Blues ~ B.B. King
7. Rock Me Baby ~ B.B. King
8. Recession Blues ~ B.B. King
9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore ~ B.B. King
10. I'm Gonna Sit In 'Til You Give In ~ B.B. King
11. Blues At Midnight ~ B.B. King
12. Sneakin' Around ~ B.B. King
13. My Baby's Comin' Home ~ B.B. King
14. Slowly Losing My Mind - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
15. How Blue Can You Get - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
16. Rockin' Awhile - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
17. Help The Poor - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
18. Stop Leadin' Me On - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
19. Never Trust A Woman - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
20. Sweet Little Angel - (live) ~ B.B. King
21. All Over Again ~ B.B. King
22. Sloppy Drunk - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
23. Don't Answer The Door (Parts 1 & 2) ~ B.B. King
24. I Done Got Wise ~ B.B. King
25. Think It Over ~ B.B. King
26. Gambler's Blues - (live) ~ B.B. King
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Goin' Down Slow - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
2. Tired Of Your Jive - (live) ~ B.B. King
3. Sweet Sixteen (Parts 1 & 2) - (previously unreleased, live) ~ B.B. King
4. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss ~ B.B. King
5. I'm Gonna Do What They Do To Me ~ B.B. King
6. Lucille ~ B.B. King
7. Watch Yourself ~ B.B. King
8. You Put It On Me ~ B.B. King
9. Get Myself Somebody - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
10. I Want You So Bad ~ B.B. King
11. Why I Sing The Blues ~ B.B. King
12. Get Off My Back Woman ~ B.B. King
13. Please Accept My Love - (live) ~ B.B. King
14. Fools Get Wise - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
15. No Good ~ B.B. King
16. So Excited ~ B.B. King
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Thrill Is Gone, The ~ B.B. King
2. Confessin' The Blues ~ B.B. King
3. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother ~ B.B. King
4. Hummingbird - (with Leon Russell/Joe Walsh) ~ B.B. King
5. Ask Me No Questions ~ B.B. King
6. Chains And Things - (with Carole King) ~ B.B. King
7. Eyesight To The Blind - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
8. Niji Baby - (previously unreleased, live) ~ B.B. King
9. Blue Shadows ~ B.B. King
10. Ghetto Woman - (with Ringo Starr) ~ B.B. King
11. Ain't Nobody Home ~ B.B. King
12. I Got Some Help I Don't Need - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
13. Five Long Years ~ B.B. King
14. To Know You Is To Love You ~ B.B. King
15. I Like To Live The Love ~ B.B. King
16. Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes ~ B.B. King
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Let The Good Times Roll - (live, with Bobby Bland) ~ B.B. King
2. Don't You Lie To Me ~ B.B. King
3. Mother Fuyer ~ B.B. King
4. Never Make A Move Too Soon - (with The Crusaders) ~ B.B. King
5. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) ~ B.B. King
6. Better Not Look Down ~ B.B. King
7. Caldonia - (live) ~ B.B. King
8. There Music Be A Better World Somewhere - (with Dr. John) ~ B.B. King
9. Play With You Poodle - (previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
10. Darlin' You Know I Love You ~ B.B. King
11. Inflation Blues ~ B.B. King
12. Make Love To Me - (previously unreleased, piano solo) ~ B.B. King
13. Into The Night (Theme) ~ B.B. King
14. Six Silver Strings ~ B.B. King
15. When Love Comes To Town - (7" mix, previously unreleased, with U2) ~ B.B. King
16. Right Time, Wrong Place - (with Bonnie Raitt) ~ B.B. King
17. Many Miles Travelled -(previously unreleased) ~ B.B. King
18. I'm Moving On ~ B.B. King
19. Since I Met You Baby - (with Gary Moore) ~ B.B. King
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: B.B. King (vocals, guitar, piano); Bobby Bland, Bonnie Raitt (vocals); Hugh McCracken, Joe Walsh, Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack, Ray Parker, Jr., Dean Parks, Bobby Caldwell (guitar); Ernie Watts, Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); Bobby Forte, David "Fathead" Newman (tenor saxophone); Ronald Cuber (baritone saxophone); Ben Webster (saxophone); Carole King, Gary Wright (electric piano); Johnny Ace, Al Kooper, Leon Russell (piano); Stevie Wonder (keyboards); Red Callender, Brian Garofalo (bass); Sonny Freeman, Russ Kunkel, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Wil Calhoun (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Merry Clayton (background vocals).
Muze PNote U2: Bono (vocals); The Edge (guitar); Adam Clayton (bass); Larry Mullen (drums).
Muze PNote The Crusaders: Wilton Felder (guitar); Joe Sample (keyboards); Stix Hooper (drums).
Muze PNote The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson (horns).
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Studios, No. Hollywood, California).
Muze PNote Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar); Gary Moore, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bonnie Raitt, Bono (vocals); The Edge (guitar, keyboards); Cornell Dupree, Thek Edge, David Spinozza, Dean Parks, Bobby Cadwell, Johnny Jones , Julio Ferrer, Hugh McCracken, Irving Ashby, Milton Hopkins, Jesse Daniels, Eli Tartarsky, Leonard Gill, Jesse Ed Davis , Joe Walsh , John Uribe, Jon Tiven, Al Hendrickson, Lee Ritenour , Mac Rebennack, Michael Landau, Norman Harris, Ray Parker, Jr., Roland Chambers, Sally Tiven, Arthur Adams , Steve Watson , Billy Butler, Calvin Newborn (guitar); Fred Jackson, Jr. (flute, tenor saxophone); Jewell L. Grant, Earl Turbinton, Lawrence Burdine (saxophone, alto saxophone); Louis Hubert, Bobby Forte (saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Johnny Board (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Quitman Dennis (saxophone, horns); David McMurray, Don Wilkerson, Larry Williams , Lee Gatling, Bumps Myers, Brother Gene Dinwiddie, Mahlon Clark, Fred Ford, Harold Austin, Trevor Lawrence, Ben Branch, Ben Webster, Bill Hood, Bobby Keys (saxophone); David Sanborn, Ernie Watts, Howard E. Johnson , Cato Walker, George Coleman, Hank Crawford, William Green (alto saxophone); Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone, trumpet); Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone, organ); Bill Havey, Vernon Slater , David "Fathead" Newman , Hilton Joseph, Adolph Duncan, Richard Sanders, Jimmy Forrest, Red Holloway, Arnett Cobb, Wilton Felder, Bill Harvey (tenor saxophone); Floyd Turnham, James Walker , Barney Hubert, Eddie Saxman Synigal, Jerome Richardson, Kim Hutchcroft, Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Jim Price (trumpet, trombone, electric piano); Steve Madaio (trumpet, horns); Waymon Reed, Conte Candoli, Tom Branch, John Willie Cook, Ernie Royal, Ken Sands, Edward Rowe, Lonny Lalanne, Carl Adams , Gary Grant, Henry Boozier, Hobart Dotson, Jake "Vernon" Porter, James Bolden, Jerry Hey, Al Porcino, Oscar Brashear, Patrick Williams, Ray Linn, Snooky Young, Woody Shaw, Al Aarons, John Browning , Bobby Bryant , Roy Poper, Calvin Owens, Charlie Miller (trumpet); Dick Noel, Steve Sherard, Garnett Brown, Charles Fendley, Sammie Jett, Tommy Pedersen, Joseph Burton, Jimmy Henderson , Juan Tizol, Pluma Davis, Tom "Bones" Malone, Benny Powell, Tommy Pederson , Jack Redmond, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); George Bohannon, Nick Pentelow, Nicky Payne, Gary Herbig, Kurt McGettrick, Andrew Love, The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson, Chuck Finley, Martin Drover, Frank Mead (horns); Paul Harris , Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (piano, organ); Joe Sample (piano, keyboards); John Hobbs, Ron Levy (piano, synthesizer); Charles Brooks, Doctor Ragavoy, Dan Willard, Millard Lee, Sonny Burke , Jimmy Rowles, Joe Zagarino, Johnny Ace , Al Kooper, Leon Russell, Lloyd Glenn, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Robert Anderson, Frank Owens (piano); Gary Wright, Carole King (electric piano); Charles Bowles, James Toney, Duke Jethro, Ronnie Barron (organ); Dave Crawford , Charles Mann (keyboards, background vocals); Dr. John, Phil Blackman, Neil Larsen, Ron Kersey, Stevie Wonder, Tommy Eyre, Paul Griffin (keyboards); Randy Kerber (synthesizer, bass synthesizer); Jim Cook, Lawrence Dermer (synthesizer); Paul Mullen , Warren Chiasson (vibraphone); Victor Feldman (electric bass); Stix Hooper (drums, percussion); Ted Curry, Calep Emphrey, Earl Forest, Earl Young, Ed Greene, Phineas Newborn, Sr., Bob Morin, Harold Potier, Graham Walker, Jackie Mills, James Gadson, Jim Gordon , Jim Keltner, John Starks, Kenny Aronoff , Larry Mullen, Jr., Luther Dixon, Oliver Jackson, Anton Fig, Ringo Starr, Russ Kunkel, Will Calhoun, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Herb Lovelle, Jesse Sailes, Sonny Freeman (drums); Earl Nash, Larry Washington, Eddie "Bongo" Brown (congas); Marcus Barnett, Lenny Castro, Nan  Vasconcelos, Paulinho Da Costa, Debra Dobkin (percussion); Cindy Mizelle, Luther Waters, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo, Phyllis Duncan, Rebecca Evans Russell, Helen Duncan, Julia Tillman Waters, Rebecca Russel, Paulette Brown, Joshie Armstead, Linda Taylor, Lisa Fisher, Maxine Willard Waters, Oren Waters, Carol Kenyon, Tasha Thomas, Bunny Hull, Carl Hall (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Remixers: Ron Jacobs ; Louis Silas, Jr.; Shelly Yakus; Bill Inglot.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; B.B. King.
Muze PNote Recording information: H (05/1949-12/1991); Hollywood, CA (05/1949-12/1991); Houston, TX (05/1949-12/1991); Los Angeles, CA (05/1949-12/1991); Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, TN (05/1949-12/1991); Miami, FL (05/1949-12/1991); New York, NY (05/1949-12/1991); Regal Theatre, Chicago, IL (05/1949-12/1991); Village Gate, New York, NY (05/1949-12/1991); WDIA Studio "A", Memphis, TN (05/1949-12/1991); YMCA, Memphis, TN (05/1949-12/1991).
Muze PNote Director: Calvin Owens.
Muze PNote Photographer: Geary Chansley.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Nick Pentelow; Duke Ellington Orchestra; Nicky Payne; Fred Ford; Sammie Jett; Adam Clayton; Ben Branch; Gary Moore; Martin Drover; Bobby "Blue" Bland; Bonnie Raitt; Frank Mead.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Dave Crawford ; Edward Rowe; Ira Newborn; Johnny Pate; Maxwell Davis; B.B. King.
Muze PNote This 4-CD box set contains 7 previously unreleased tracks and 12 rarities. KING OF THE BLUES begins with B.B.'s first-ever recording, 1949's "Miss Martha King," and culminates 40 years later with 1991's "Since I Met You Baby," a duet with Gary Moore. Also included is a 72-page booklet with photos, a complete discography, comprehensive liner notes by Colin Escott and first-person commentary by King on his life and music.
Muze PNote Disc 1 features King's earliest Memphis work, where he began his career as a disc jockey, then progresses to a selection of music he recorded for the Bihari brothers (Kent, Modern and RPM labels), and concludes with recordings made for ABC Records. On this disc you can hear King's guitar playing gradually evolve, moving from his roots in Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker, into the sweet, sensual, concise melodic style which became his trademark.
Muze PNote Disc 2 chronicles King's rise to blues stardom, while Disc 3 shows him crossing over to reach the rock and pop audience. "The Thrill Is Gone" (his breakthrough single) set the standard for King's collaborations with rock and jazz royalty that make up much of Discs 3 and 4. No matter what the setting was, no matter who the collaborators were, B.B. King has always maintained his sound, his style and his focus.

Producer: Dave Crawford; John Landis; Don Was; Ed Michel; Esmond Edwards; Barry Moore; Howie Leder; Ian Taylor; Ira Newborn; Jimmy Iovine; Joe Sample; Joe Zagarino; Johnny Pate; Jon Tiven; Lou Zito; Quincy Jones; Sid Feller; Sidney A. Seidenberg; Stewart Levine; St

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bobby "Blue" Bland
Muze Guest Artist Ringo Starr
Muze Guest Artist U2
Muze Guest Artist Bonnie Raitt
Muze Guest Artist Joe Walsh
Muze Guest Artist Leon Russell
Muze Guest Artist The Crusaders
Muze Guest Artist Carole King
Muze Guest Artist Stevie Wonder

Artist Overview

The great Memphis guitarist and singer B.B. King has been the most high-profile figure in blues since the 1960s, ever since his LIVE AT THE REGAL album established him as a superstar. King has collaborated successfully with everyone from Bobby Bland to U2, but he made his name as a soulful, enthusiastic bandleader. His beloved Gibson ES-345 guitar, "Lucille," is the source of King's trademark sound--percussive attack, dramatic string-bending, and spare lead lines with a vocal-like quality.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Happy Anniversary Charlie Brow
Muze Music Compilations Rhythm Country & Blues
Muze Music Compilations Thelma & Louise
Muze Music Compilations Rattle & Hum
Muze Music Compilations Big Blues
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Milk Cow Blues
Muze Music Compilations Pure Blues
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 5-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Deluxe Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Big Blues
Muze Music Compilations It`ll Come To You
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters Best Of
Muze Music Compilations Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Muze Music Compilations Gold:blues
Muze Music Compilations Last Man Standing
Muze Music Compilations Shepherd Kenny Wayne-Ten Days Out
Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection
Muze Music Compilations Gold:crusaders
Muze Music Compilations Compadres:anthology Of Duets
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Van Morrison Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Complete Clapton
Muze Music Compilations Anthology (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Blue Moo
Muze Music Compilations Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out [40th Anniversary Limited Edition Super Deluxe Set 3-CD/3-LP/1-DVD]
Muze Music Compilations Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out [40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set]
Muze Music Compilations Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out [40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set]
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Blues
Muze Music Compilations Lightning In A Bottle
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations Living Proof
Muze Music Compilations All Time Gospel Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Soul
Muze Music Compilations Sun 60Th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Blues Songs
Muze Music Compilations Legends Of Rock N Roll
Muze Music Compilations R&b No 1s Of The 50s
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Year In Your Life 1954
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Old School Gold Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Mccartney
Muze Music Compilations Speak Easy:rpm Records Vol 2 54-57
Muze Music Compilations Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Muze Music Compilations 6 String Theory
Muze Music Compilations Mod Jazz And Then Some

Associated Artists and Works

Original Greatest Hits ~ BB King
Berry, Chuck
Bland, Bobby
Bland, Bobby "Blue"
Together For The First Time - Live ~ Bland, Bobby "Blue"
Together Again...Live ~ Bland, Bobby "Blue"
Brubeck, Dave
Riding With The King ~ Clapton, Eric
Danger Danger
Ears, Rabbit
Hooker, John Lee
Naruyoshi, Kikachi
Rabbit Ears
Santana
Heart To Heart ~ Schuur, Diane
Webster, Ben
Williamson, Sonny Boy

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/20/1992
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1992
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MCAD4-10677
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00008811067724

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (12/11/92, p.66)
- "...a near perfect collection...The best work of a legendary artist, respectfully distilled into one lengthy, joyous listening experience...Absolutely first-rate..." - Rating: A

Q (1/93, p.95)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...It's all here--the entire life's work of the music's foremost ambassador, a man who, while he may not appear as driven as the great stylists of the post-War blues boom, is nonetheless its foremost gentleman and player..."

Musician (1/93, p.88)
- "...What's most striking about this chronology is not Mr. B.B.'s longevity or output, but his growth and consistency, moving easily through soul, funk, rock and jazz without compromising the essential core truth in his blues, remaining contemporary from generation to generation..."

Living Blues (Jan/Feb 93, p.52)
- "...does striking justice to King's remarkable royal tenure...sound quality is stunning throughout the entire box, spotlighting every nuance of King's remarkable guitar technique and patented crying vocal style..."

Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5)
- Ranked #6 in the Village Voice's list of the 10 Best Reissues Of 1992.

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