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Format: CD
Sku: 64006400
UPC: 094631165429
UPC 14: 00094631165429
Release Date: 9/13/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
0. DISC 1:
1. 3 O'Clock Blues
2. Blind Love
3. She's Dynamite
4. You Know I Love You
5. Please Love Me
6. Story From My Heart And Soul
7. Woman I Love, The
8. Neighborhood Affair
9. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer
10. Every Day I Have The Blues
11. Love You Baby (Take A Swing With Me)
12. Ten Long Years
13. You Upset Me, Baby
14. Boogie Rock (House Rocker)
15. Crying Won't Help You
16. Bad Luck
17. Did You Ever Love A Woman
18. You Don't Know
19. Sweet Little Angel
20. On My Word Of Honor
Disc 2
Song Title
0. DISC 2:
1. Be Careful With A Fool
2. Please Accept My Love
3. Days Of Old
4. Worry, Worry
5. Confessin' The Blues
6. Sweet Sixteen Parts 1 & 2
7. Ain't Nobody's Business
8. Walkin' Dr. Bill
9. My Own Fault
10. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
11. Downhearted (How Blue Can You Get?)
12. I'll Survive
13. Mashed Potato Twist
14. Down Now
15. Peace Of Mind
16. That Evil Child
17. Blues Stay Away From Me
18. Rock Me Baby
19. Miss Martha King
20. When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes
 
This 40-track collection covers such classics as "Every Day I Have the Blues," "You Upset Me, Baby," "Sweet Little Angel," and "Please Love Me" from his tenure at RPM and Kent between 1952 and 1962. His only crossover pop hit from this era came in 1964 (but recorded in 1962) when "Rock Me Baby" charted for three weeks in 1964, peaking at No. 34. The final two tracks, "Miss Martha King" and the b-side "When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes," are from his 1949 debut single on the Bullet label.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Blues legend B.B. King is well represented by ORIGINAL GREATEST HITS, which essentially elaborates on 2002's CLASSIC MASTERS. While both compilations feature many of the guitarist/vocalist's successful early singles (the woeful "3 O'Clock Blues," the devoted "Please Love Me," the rollicking "Every Day I Have the Blues," etc.), the two-disc ORIGINAL GREATEST HITS offers up more than three times as many tracks as the previous CD, making it more enticing for those seeking to delve further into King's impressive catalog of Memphis electric blues.

Producer: Jules Bihari; Joe Bihari; Saul Bihari; Overton Ganong

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 Vol. 2-Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Big Blues
Muze Music Compilations Best Blues Album In The World.
Muze Music Compilations Milk Cow Blues
Muze Music Compilations Pure Blues
Muze Music Compilations Anthology (Bonus Tracks)
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 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 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 20th Century Masters Best Of
Muze Music Compilations Complete Clapton
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 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
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 Mod Jazz And Then Some
Muze Music Compilations Duane Allman's Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection
Muze Music Compilations Genius Loves Company
Muze Music Compilations Century Of The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Lightning In A Bottle
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 Rough Guide To The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Living Proof
Muze Music Compilations Blue Moo
Muze Music Compilations Year In Your Life 1954

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 : 09/13/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 11654
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00094631165429

Bio

B.B. King

His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B.B. King continues to wear his crown well. He is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don't look for him in some kind of semi-retirement; look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of T.V. commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can't get enough of him.

For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over fifty albums, many of them classics. He was born September 16, 1925, on a plantation in Itta Bene, Mississippi, near Indianola. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, and would sometimes play in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career. Memphis was where every important musician of the South gravitated, and which supported a large musical community where every style of African American music could be found. B.B. stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled B.B. further in the art of the blues.

B.B.'s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. This led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis, and later to a ten-minute spot on black-staffed and managed Memphis radio station WDIA. "King's Spot," became so popular, it was expanded and became the "Sepia Swing Club." Soon B.B. needed a catchy radio name. What started out as Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy King, and eventually B.B. King.

In the mid-1950s, while B.B. was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, a few fans became unruly. Two men got into a fight and knocked over a kerosene stove, setting fire to the hall. B.B. raced outdoors to safety with everyone else, then realized that he left his beloved $30 acoustic guitar inside, so he rushed back inside the burning building to retrieve it, narrowly escaping death. When he later found out that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, he decided to give the name to his guitar to remind him never to do a crazy thing like fight over a woman. Ever since, each one of B.B.'s trademark Gibson guitars has been called Lucille.

Soon after his number one hit, "Three O'Clock Blues," B.B. began touring nationally. In 1956, B.B. and his band played an astonishing 342 one-night stands. From the chitlin circuit with its small-town cafes, juke joints, and country dance halls to rock palaces, symphony concert halls, universities, resort hotels and amphitheaters, nationally and internationally, B.B. has become the most renowned blues musician of the past 40 years.

Over the years, B.B. has developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. His economy, his every-note-counts phrasing, has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. B.B. has mixed traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In B.B.'s words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille."

In 1968, B.B. played at the Newport Folk Festival and at Bill Graham's Fillmore West on bills with the hottest contemporary rock artists of the day who idolized B.B. and helped to introduce him to a young white audience. In 1969, B.B. was chosen by the Rolling Stones to open 18 American concerts for them; Ike and Tina Turner also played on 18 shows.

B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987, and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo(MS) College in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes College of Memphis in 1990 and Mississippi Valley State University in 2002. In 1992, he received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.

In 1991, B.B. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis, and in 1994, a second club was launched at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. A third club in New York City's Times Square opened in June 2000 and two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002. In 1996, the CD-Rom On The Road With B.B. King: An Interactive Autobiography was released to rave reviews. Also in 1996, B.B.'s autobiography, "Blues All Around Me" (written with David Ritz for Avon Books) was published. In a similar vein, Doubleday published "The Arrival of B.B. King" by Charles Sawyer, in 1980.

B.B. continues to tour extensively, averaging over 250 concerts per year around the world. Classics such as "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss," "The Thrill Is Gone," How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," and "Why I Sing The Blues" are concert (and fan) staples. Over the years, the Grammy Award-winner has had two #1 R&B hits, 1951's "Three O'Clock Blues," and 1952's "You Don't Know Me," and four #2 R&B hits, 1953's "Please Love Me," 1954's "You Upset Me Baby," 1960's "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and 1966's "Don't Answer The Door, Part I." B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone," went to #15 pop.

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Product attributeArtist:   King,B. B.
Product attributeLabel:   Virgin Records
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