B.B. King – Blues Is King – Limited Edition 180 Gram LP

B.B. King – Blues Is King – Limited Edition 180 Gram LP

This Elemental Music 180-gram LP reissue presents an album which is considered B.B. King’s definitive live recording: the essential Blues Is King, originally released in 1968 by the BluesWay label (ABC Records’ blues division imprint). Blues Is King was recorded at the International Club of Chicago on November 5, 1966. King and a group of session heavyweights unleash a set of standards and originals upon an eager audience. King is flanked by several revered blues sidemen, including Sonny Freeman on drums, Kenneth Sands on trumpet, and Louis Satterfield on bass, to name just a few. But the star of Blues Is King is the leader, frequently bantering with the club audience, and spinning musical stories of heartache and rage with his impassioned vocal roar and precision blues guitar zeal. An unequivocal must-have for any blues fanatic, and a perfect audio depiction of King’s invigorating live act.

SIDE ONE:

1. INTRODUCTION (0:21)
2. WAITIN’ ON YOU (2:30)
(B.B. King – Ferdinand Washington)
3. B.B. KING INTRODUCES HIS BAND (1:04)
4. GAMBLERS’ BLUES (4:56)
(Traditional; arr. by, B B. King & Johnny Pate)
5. TIRED OF YOUR JIVE (3:32)
(Janet Despenza – Johnny Pate)
6. NIGHT LIFE (4:48)
(Willie Nelson)
7. BUZZ ME (4:15)
(Danny Baxter – Fleecie Moore)

SIDE TWO:

1. DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR (4:10)
(Jimmy Johnson)
2. BLIND LOVE (3:33)
(B.B. King – Joe Josea)
3. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE PUTTIN’ DOWN (3:36)
(Louis Jordan – Bud Allen)
4. BABY GET LOST (4:00)
(Leonard Feather)
5. GONNA KEEP ON LOVING YOU (3:48)
(B.B. King)

Recorded Live at the International Club, Chicago, Illinois, November 5th, 1966.

Personnel:
B. B. KING, guitar and vocals
KENNETH SANDS, trumpet
BOBBY FORTE, tenor saxophone
DUKE JETHRO, organ
LOUIS SATTERFIELD, bass
SONNY FREEMAN, drums.