B.B. King: Live at Montreux 1993 [Blu-ray]
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Another interesting thing about this performance is that BB stands up throughout it and it really chronicles the last years of this Blues great's live shows (This is also when I saw him last in Australia). Just as a matter of interest, the set and band are very similar to the "BB Live" set that came out just about two years ago, filmed at BB's Blues Club in Memphis (and the one in Nashville).
This concert was filmed in 1993 and BB is still in top form. The set is an extensive catalogue of his hits and live numbers. The band includes many members that have played with BB for many, many years. Foremost is the great James Toney an extraordinary organ player and keyboardist who just died in 2007. He was with BB since his famous PBS Jazz Casual session in 1968. Also prominent is the excellent bass player Michael Doster. His nephew and sax player Walter King is the Musical Director and he also is a great musician. This band is impeccable!
The set list is very comprehensive. It includes a great band "warm up" with the "Two I Shoot Blues" which showcases the great musicianship of BB's band. Highlights of the set list include Louis Jordan's "Caldonia", Ray Charles' "Let The Good Times Roll", the old standard and favourite "Why I Sing The Blues", a newer offering "Blues Man" and of course the seminal "The Thrill Is Gone", always a favourite and always a bit different.Read more ›
B. B. King and the band are tight and bring down the house. B. B. is generous with the band and we hear great solos from the bass player, horns, etc. B. B. is in top form and his guitar wails the blues. I really enjoyed the set list and a few stand out songs for me are All Over Again, Caldonia and The Thrill Is Gone. What could have been a low point when his guitar string broke during Chains Of Love, was nothing less than great - B. B. belted out the vocals as he fixed his string, and we hear his superb backing band, with a nice horn solo. Then B. B. brings it home with his own solo with Lucille. B. B. is still The King Of The Blues. This DVD is highly recommended.
I just watched the re-issue of the 2009 Soundstage show in Chicago and I liked this 1993 DVD much better.
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This disc is well worth buying, and my wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Excellent Product, Totally Recommended! a nice super top notch itemPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
I bought this for my 87 yr old father who has a history with BB going back to memphis in the 40s
Like many other have said this dvd is a great representation of BB at the... Read more