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Blues legend B.B. King has been spending time this year thinking about "The B.B. King That Was." There is his bricks, mortar and memory project down in a Mississippi blues crossroads, his very own B.B. King Museum, which acknowledges his past. And then, his new Geffen Records CD One Kind Favor which puts the blues maestro in competition, not with other players, but. himself. ... Read more in Amazon's B.B. King Store

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 25, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000ADG3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everyday I Have The Blues
2. Sweet Little Angel (Live)
3. How Blue Can You Get?
4. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
5. Don't Answer The Door
6. Why I Sing The Blues
7. The Thrill Is Gone
8. I Like To Live The Love
9. Hummingbird
10. To Know You Is to Love You
11. Chains And Things
12. Better Not Look Down
13. Never Make A Move Too Soon
14. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
15. Playin' With My Friends
16. When Love Comes To Town

Editorial Reviews

This is a lot of blues for a single disc-16 of B.B.'s essential recordings, including The Thrill Is Gone; I Like to Live the Love; To Know You Is to Love You; Paying the Cost to Be the Boss; Chains and Things; Hummingbird; Don't Answer the Door; How Blue Can You Get?; Every Day I Have the Blues (Live) , and seven more.

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Clear, quality recordings.
The first two tracks are taken from Live At Regal one of the best live B.B. King recordings including Every Day I Have The Blues, and Sweet Little Angel.
Love this CD if you're a blues lover, and a BB King fan don't sleep on this one.

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is an extremely brief single-disc summary of B.B. King's MCA output beginning with his first single for the label, 1963's "How Blue Can You Get?" through his pairing with Robert Cray on "Playin' with My Friends" from 1993's Blues Summit all-star recording. Among the many highlights are two tracks ("Every Day I Have the Blues" and "Sweet Little Angel") from the essential Live at the Regal, "The Thrill Is Gone" (which went to No. 15 in 1970, making it the highest charting blues song ever on the U.S. pop charts!) and the chilling "When Love Comes to Town" with U2. While condensing 30 years of music onto a single disc is an impossible task, this makes an excellent primer for novice fans on a budget. RECOMMENDED [Note: Last November MCA released the 2-disc B.B. King Anthology. It includes EVERY song on Greatest Hits, plus an additional 18 songs. For a few extra bucks, this would be the album to get instead.]
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The only reason that I can think of as to why no one has bothered to review this cd is because those of us who are fans already have most of the tracks on here. But for those of you who have only recently seen the light and have become BB fans and don't know where to start, this is the perfect cd for you. This cd was put out only recently, and it does a great job of covering BB's older songs as well as some from the more recent "Blues Summit". This is far superior to the way-too-short "Best of BB King" LP that we were stuck buying until this one came out. All but three or four of the songs on "Best of.." are covered here also. The point is, if you are only going to buy one BB King album (and may I ask WHY???). this should be it. In my opinion, every one of these songs, especially the incredibly durable blues classic "The Thrill is Gone", belong in everyone's music collection. Once you check this one out, you will immediately want to get into some of his other albums, of which I would recommend "Completely Well", "Back In The Alley", and of course the new one, "Blues On The Bayou". Do yourself a big favor and buy the cd, you're gonna love it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on December 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This BB King quote, stated to David Ritz, was his conclusion to why he chose to play and sing blues over his other love, gospel music. "A gospel song would get me a pat on the head," he said. "But a blues would get me a dime." The blues earned King not only more than his share of dimes, but a spot among music's seminal performers and teachers. Despite Ritz properly mentioning that King's music was too blue for rock and roll or soul during his early career, he has become as much a caretaker of rock's traditions as of the blues themselves.
This one-disc collection, even at 16 songs, seems too little space for BB King's prolific, quality output, especially after 1992's expansive "King Of The Blues" box. But "Greatest Hits" timed to King's most recent rock-oriented successes: his "How Blue Can You Get?" sampled on a pop hit, his U2 collaboration, his Robert Cray duet on "Playing With My Friends" (from "Blues Summit," among the 90s best blues releases), even "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss" covered by Pat Benatar! With remarkable liner notes and references to original ABC/MCA LPs (nearly all in print), "Greatest Hits" is a sampler tour through BB King's immense, classic blues catalogue.
It's also another chance to hear King with much better sound, courtesy of compiler Andy McKaie (who handled MCA's exceptional Chess blues compilations) and Erick Labson's remastering. It freshly paints Johnny Pate's production on 1964's seminal "Live At The Regal" tracks, King's 1969-70 string of of rockin' blues hits ("Why I Sing The Blues," the original "Thrill Is Gone"), even overlooked gems like Doc Pomus/Dr. John's tailor-made "There Must Be A Better World Somewhere.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on June 28, 2004
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This certainly isn't everything you could ever want from the Beale Street Blues Boy, but it does give the first-time listener a pretty accurate idea about what to expect from B.B. King. For better or worse.

His excellent and highly influential 50s singles are missing, which is a shame, especially since some of those were actually sizable hits and this compilation has the audacity to call itself "Greatest Hits".
There are lot of great moments here anyway, like the swinging "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss", the epic "Why I Sing The Blues", and the slow burner "How Blue Can You Get" among them, and they sit next to two cuts from King's highly succesful "Live At The Regal" album, an excellent "Sweet Little Angel" and a hideous "Every Day I Have The Blues" which falls miles short of Memphis Slim's potent original ("Nobody Loves Me").

And there are just too many mediocrities on this album. B.B. King experimented with some sort of pop-blues fusion in the 70s and 80s, and the compilers have included "To Know You Is to Love You", "I Like To Live The Love" and "Hummingbird" from that unfortunate era. The duets with Robert Cray on "Playin' With My Friends" and rock group U2 on "When Love Comes To Town" are not much more uplifting, and too much of this material was recorded well after King's prime.

If you like B.B. King at his most pop-friendly, you will probably enjoy this compilation. If you like him at his grittiest, you will certainly be disappointed. May I suggest the new "Ultimate Collection" instead.
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