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BB King - King of the Blues CD 4 of 4 (1976-1991) [Blues][mp3 192][h33t][schon55]

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BB King - King of the Blues CD 4 of 4 (1976-1991) 
Original Release Date: October 20, 1992
Audio CD: October 20, 1992
Number of Discs: 4
Format: Box set
Label: Mca
Bitrate: 192 kbps

Amazon.com essential recording
This four-CD box set remains the absolutely definitive B.B. King collection, with 77 recordings and a biographical book that contains the great singer-guitarist's own remembrances of his decades-long career. It samples every stage of his development, from his days struggling to craft his music in the shadow of influences like T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson to his latter-day pairings with rockers like Bonnie Raitt and Gary Moore. The one constant is his open-hearted singing and the soulful, contemplative solos he squeezes from his beloved guitar Lucille. These discs, of course, embrace all his essential hits, from his first - 1951's "Three O'Clock Blues" - to his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone," which took King to the pop charts and made him a household name. If this package is too lavish for the budget, try the excellent Best of B.B. King, Volume 1, which collects many of King's great early works. ~ Ted Drozdowski

B. B. King has over 200 albums on the market today, ten of which are labeled "Best of" or "Greatest Hits". With that much music to pick from it sure his hard to find the right ones to purchase. This box set of CDs is one of the best places to start your King collection. It includes four disks with over 75 tracks. The really nice thing about this box set is that each CD has King's hits from different points in time. CD 1 from 1949 to 1966, CD 2 from 1966 to 1969, CD 3 from 1969 to 1975, and CD 4 from 1975 to 1991. The set also includes a very nice 73-page book all about the life and times of this great Blues artist. ~ Curtis J. George

I am fairly young and still feel like I missed something by not learning about BB King and Muddy Waters at an earlier age. It is almost like coming upon buried treasure, to listen to these songs.

The energy and emotion of a song such as "I'm Gonna Sit in 'Til You Give In ( and give me all of your love ) " is unbelievable with raw power and energy. What is especially surprising to me is that I had never heard practically all of these songs played even on oldies stations. My personal favorites are his early years, but there are no bad songs here on any of the four CD's. Every person has their own favorite song - mine is "Lucille." I am simply amazed that I never heard this song before having made this purchase. There are so many songs which can only be described with superlatives, and this is much too short of a space to do that in. I bought this box set and can honestly say that I am not skipping songs. BB King also is on here with the Duke Ellington band, with songs you will not get on any "Best of" collection.

I had picked this up and put it down many times, because I was unsure because of the price of it. But I have not regretted it one iota since buying it - quite the contrary in fact, as I look at this as one of the best purchases of music I ever made (even paying full price! ). If you are at all interested in the blues, look into buying this piece of gold from one of the masters.

Highly recommended. ~ Brian Kerecz

Personnel:
Paulinho Da Costa - percussion
Jim Keltner
Dean Parks
Russ Kunkel
Al Kooper
B.B. King - vocals, guitar, piano
Hugh McCracken
Ernie Watts
Merry Clayton - background vocals
Ray Parker, Jr
David "Fathead" Newman - tenor saxophone
Gary Wright - electric piano
Bobby Caldwell - guitar
Ben Webster - saxophone
Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack
Hank Crawford - alto saxophone
Johnny Ace
Red Callender
Sonny Freeman
Bobby Forte
Brian Garofalo - bass
Ronald Cuber - baritone saxophone
Wil Calhoun - drums
Also: Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, U2, Carole King, Crusaders, Bobby Bland

BB King - King of the Blues CD 4 of 4 (1976-1991) Tracks:
01 Let The Good Times Roll (live, with Bobby Bland) 5:33
02 Don't You Lie To Me 6:09
03 Mother Fuyer 3:06
04 Never Make A Move Too Soon (with The Crusaders) 5:29
05 When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) 4:12
06 Better Not Look Down 3:22
07 Caldonia (live) 2:48
08 There Must Be A Better World Somewhere (with Dr. John) 3:46
09 Play With Your Poodle (previously unreleased) 0:55
10 Darlin' You Know I Love You 4:46
11 Inflation Blues 4:15
12 Make Love To Me (previously unreleased, piano solo) 1:47
13 Into The Night (Theme) 4:12
14 Six Silver Strings 4:19
15 When Love Comes To Town (7" mix, previously unreleased, with U2) 3:30
16 Right Place, Wrong Time (with Bonnie Raitt) 4:02
17 Many Miles Travelled (previously unreleased) 4:01
18 I'm Moving On 4:10
19 Since I Met You Baby (with Gary Moore) 2:51