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Greatest Hits Live [Live, Original recording remastered]

B.B. KingAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: King Biscuit
  • ASIN: B0000A1HUU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Caldonia
2. How Blue Can You Get
3. Goin' Down Slow
4. I Got Some Help I Don't Need
5. Just A Little Love
6. The Thrill Is Gone

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 - 4 stars...some good live jams June 10, 2009
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This album, alternatively listed as "Greatest Hits Live," "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents B.B. King" and "King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents B. B. King recorded live over 2 Nights in NYC June 1978," the later of which is some sort of import, which people like to charge a lot of money for. Do yourself a favor and buy one of the first two copies, both of which are on King Biscuit Flower Hour label, and you'll spend less money.

This album, which features 6 cuts from B.B. King on the King Biscuit Flower Hour in NYC, recorded over two nights in June of 1978, shows King in fine form. Some reviews may lead you to believe that this is nothing special; granted, he does run through casual material, and plays the classics How Blue Can You Get and The Thrill is Gone. The versions of these songs are not particularly as inspired as some other live B.B. King recordings available, but if you want to hear some live tracks from the master of the Blues, this is a bargain starting point.

There are guest appearances by Johnny and Edgar Winter on Goin' Down Slow, which features guitar solos with Johnny (as well as Johnny's vocals) and some funky organ playing by Edgar, it's a fun slow blues-jam that you don't normally get to hear King playing in. George Benson sits in on the next two tracks: I Got Some Help I Don't Need and Just a Little Love. Benson returns to his roots of R&B and blues playing that he did with Brother Jack McDuff in the early 1960s, and tears it up and brings out the best in B.B. The 26 minutes with George Benson is the real treat of this album, and makes it worth getting just to hear the two tracks he is on.

This is a pretty good live album with a pretty tight back up band (not as tight as his 1960s bands), which is made a little sweeter with the guests Johnny & Edgar Winter and George Benson. It is worth getting just to hear George Benson in his blues element.
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