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on October 22, 2002
The album is frequently panned in those voluminous tomes that are on the market wherein albums are rated by those who fancy themselves critics. The truth is that this is one of B.B.'s best recordings.
It was recorded in London in 1971 over a 7 day period and anyone who was anyone was there to record a cut with B.B. The album features appearances by Gary Wright, Klaus Voorman, Ringo Starr, Jim Gordon, Bobby Keys, Jim Keltner, John Uribe, Alexis Korner and Dr. Ragovy to name a few.
The recordings have a fresh and lively sense about them that is remenicient of a jam, yet with such talent, they make better musical sense than most planned arrangements.
The album contains what I believe is the best recording B.B. ever made of the classic swing-blues tune "Caledonia."
Another treat is a rare accoustical duet that B.B. plays with Alexis Korner, who also wrote "Alexis' Boogie." The number really showcases B.B.'s excellent sense for playing call and response riffs. The album is worth the price for this track alone.
I own a many albums by the "King of the Blues", but this is the one that I value the most for it's honesty and the sheer joy one hears in each performance.
It is a recording of great musicians having a lot of fun- don't miss out on it.
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on July 22, 2005
On this album, B.B. travels to London and records with some of Europe's finest rock musicians of the time, following the footsteps of Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters who did the same with mixed results. The result is a blues rock outing where B.B. doesn't disappoint, but the backing musicians and arrangements do. Fans of B.B.'s straight blues stylings will be a little put off of the rock sound, but B.B.'s voice is strong and, at times, his guitar is allowed to shine. The backing musicians try hard to play the blues, but the best they can muster is a tight rock sound that mostly works. This is an entirely listenable and enjoyable disc, but not your typical B.B. Take this for what it is.
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on August 19, 2013
While some purists don't respect this album, it really is good. The English backing musicians are excellent, authenticity be damned. BB is in fine form, and the end result is a pure pleasure to hear.
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on May 19, 2015
I love this album. Still have the LP from early '70's and bought the CD too. Listened to the LP so many times and had fun trying to play along w/ the king.
B.B. plays with very good musicians here. Probably my favorite song is the acoustic guitar instrumental duet "Alexis' Boogie", followed closely by Blue Shadows and Wet Wayshark.
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on December 13, 2012
My copy of "B.B. King In London" does not contain any liner notes, so I don't know the details of who played on which track, but the label does list 28 different musicians that played on this CD. Of course, they all did not play on each track, but there was quite a pool to choose from in recording each of the 9 songs. It seems someone wanted a great number of names to help sell the music. I like B.B., so I don't need any added "celebrities" to convince me to buy his music. There are two instrumentals allowing B.B to jam with the London crew. On the others, B.B. is in good voice. The standout songs for me are: "Blue Shadows Falling", "Ghetto Woman", and "Ain't Nobody Home". That last one I have on a 45 rpm single bought many years ago and was a major reason for buying this CD--to have it on a quality pressing.
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on March 10, 2015
The King and his British Gang of Bloozers...i had the original vinyl when it came out in '71,now i had to have the CD so i can play it on the way to work......'Caldonia' is a standout!
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on June 12, 2015
Just does not get any better than BB King.
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on January 20, 2015
Great album.
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on January 19, 2016
this is a must have, I had the LP and remember all the great tunes
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on July 20, 2015
Great,super,on time.....
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