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B.B.'s Most Underrated Album
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.