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King of the Blues [Box set]

B.B. KingAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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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 (October 20, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: October 20, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Miss Martha King
2. She's Dynamite
3. Three O'Clock Blues
4. Please Love Me
5. You Upset Me Baby
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Goin' Down Slow
2. Tired Of Your Jive
3. Sweet Sixteen, Parts 1 & 2
4. Paying the Cost To Be The Boss
5. I'm Gonna Do What they Do To Me
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. Confessin' The Blues
3. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
4. Hummingbird
5. Ask Me No Questions
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Let The Good Times Roll
2. Don't You Lie To Me
3. Mother Fuyer
4. Never Make A Move Too Soon
5. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around)
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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This four-CD box set remains the absolutely definitive B.B. King collection, with 77 recordings and a biographical book that contains the great singer-guitarist's own remembrances of his decades-long career. It samples every stage of his development, from his days struggling to craft his music in the shadow of influences like T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson to his latter-day pairings with rockers like Bonnie Raitt and Gary Moore. The one constant is his open-hearted singing and the soulful, contemplative solos he squeezes from his beloved guitar Lucille. These discs, of course, embrace all his essential hits, from his first--1951's "Three O'Clock Blues"--to his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone," which took King to the pop charts and made him a household name. If this package is too lavish for the budget, try the excellent Best of B.B. King, Volume 1, which collects many of King's great early works. --Ted Drozdowski

Product Description

This ain' no one-night stand this time B.B. and Lucille are here for an extended stay! 77 tracks, 30 never on CD and seven never anywhere else, covering the career of the most influential blues guitarist of all time in chronological order. Everyday I Have the Blues; The Thrill Is Gone , and Goin' Down Slow all the classics are here, along with B.B.'s work with Bobby Bland, Duke Ellington, etc., documented by a 72-page color booklet with notes from the man himself!

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B. B. King is the King of the Blues November 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
B. B. King has over 200 albums on the market today, ten of which are labeled "Best of" or "Greatest Hits". With that much music to pick from it sure his hard to find the right ones to purchase. This box set of CDs is one of the best places to start your King collection. It includes four disks with over 75 tracks. The really nice thing about this box set is that each CD has King's hits from different points in time. CD 1 from 1949 to 1966, CD 2 from 1966 to 1969, CD 3 from 1969 to 1975, and CD 4 from 1975 to 1991. The set also includes a very nice 73-page book all about the life and times of this great Blues artist.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid box set January 29, 2000
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B.B. King is the greatest blues guitarist ever. He's not as clever as T-Bone Walker; he can't play rhythm at all. He's not a wizard like Jimi Hendrix was. He's utterly original, though, and has been to the summit more often than anyone else.
What's surprising about B.B. King is how he brightens up any genre he steps into, whether it's lowdown or uptown or big band or radio-friendly soul. He plays with anybody and everybody with consistently wonderful results. Can't recommend this set enough!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He paid the Cost , To be the Boss"! May 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I just bought this box set last week and have been enjoying it like no tomorrow. I have many records of the top Blues singers going back to Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith, but I do believe that this is the best "complete" set on one artist! Man can them songs take you back. If I knew that this collection was this good I would of bought it years ago when it first came out (1992). No matter what your Budget is ,if you are really into the Blues you should buy this set - even if it means eating half lunches for a week or two, you won't be sorry. After hearing these tunes "The Thrill is Back"!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! December 6, 2002
By jbembe
Format:Audio CD
BB King is an amazing artist and this box set is a must for whoever can get their hands on it. Now I know where the title Lucille came from for his guitar, which he so eloquently describes for us in the song, just great storytelling. The second disc is simply awesome with a great start with "Going Down Slow," an extremely well done live performance! You can completely imagine exactly what BB is talking about thinking about a young man coming up to Chicago and blowing all of his hard earned money on a good time, and being abandoned by all his "friends" when the money runs out. BB knows the blues, and he sings like he was right next to you during the hardest of those times, and somehow you don't feel so all alone and your problems don't seem as miserable. I can't imagine a more talented performer, he really captures your whole undivided attention. There are simply too many highlights to name, but get this set and find out a great artists' work! And this box set doesn't just take it slow, there are rockers (She's Dynamite), jazzy ballads (try "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"), smokey blues, blazing guitar, cool guitar, the whole gamut. This is entertainment as fine as can be found. Take your time with this set and really get to know it, you'll be really glad you did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "King" is an understatement March 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
BB King ranks at the top of blues music and belongs in company with some of the greatest blues artists of all time (i.e. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, etc). His contributions cannot be overstated. This boxed set, "King of The Blues", is a masterful collection of his best works whether obscure or well known. This is a must own for any fan of blues, jazz or music in general and covers King's contributions from 1949-1991. The thrill is definitely NOT gone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential! March 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
B B King is the number one Blues artist. This set proves that. Although it doesn't even scratch the surface of his recording career, it does a good job of introducing King to the person looking to get started with a collection of his music. The more familiar fan will also like the selection of songs provided. The cut with U2 from their Rattle And Hum album is also very good. There is not a bad song on here. The only question is when will there be a second box set so that we can enjoy more of his music in one nice set? The booklet is also good and informative.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Need This Set February 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was on the line of whether I just liked B.B. or really liked B.B. After I bought this box set I upgraded to loving B.B. This is one of the greatest collections of tunes I have ever heard. Muddy is still the king of blues in my book but B.B. definitely deserves to wear a crown too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This collection of tracks covers B.B.'s career from 1949 to 1991 and contains 77 classic recordings with many rarities and 7 previously unreleased performances.

Having been a B.B. King Fan for over 30 years I was pleased to find that many of the tracks on this 4 CD set are currently unavailable in this format - as such, it is as much a worthwhile purchase for established fans as it is an essential one for the first time buyer.

The "bookset" style box has been lovingly put together with the authorisation of B.B. himself and has 70 pages of high quality rare photgraphs as well as reflections from the "Chairman of the Board" himself.

The audio quality on all 4 discs is simply stunning and supercedes many of the previous MCA album remasters from the mid 1990's.

In short,this set is thoroughly recommended without reservation - so go on,treat yourself!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
The man that made blues in this country Mr. B.B.king this cd deal is a very must have if you are a blues person boogie on
Published 29 days ago by richard
4.0 out of 5 stars The King
The digital download has different songs than that of this record. 5 out of the 12 are on the digital down with the addition of 4 that are not on the record.......
Published 1 month ago by Randall Niemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal!
I bought this set as a Christmas gift for my grandfather and he was so happy when he opened his gift. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mallory
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted.
I owned this set of BB King cd's several years back until a girlfriend stole them when moving out. (It was worth the cost to have her gone! Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice album..
A great album of the King. Recorded in Japan, if I read things right. It is well done and contains some songs that I had not heard before. Nice to hear B.B. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Atomic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
For any newcomer or longtime fan this album will not dissappoint. A great cross of Kings super hits and lesser known songs both vocal and instrumental.
Published 8 months ago by filmfiend
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
Great collection but could have been much shorter (and cheaper) without sacrificing any quality. I'm glad I bought it but this one drawback makes it difficult to recommend to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. MCRACKAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
This is an awesome box set. Ther are very few artists that can hold up through a 4-disc box set (Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin fall flat on their 4th disc) but BB holds the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have For BB King Lovers
I just received the "King of the Blues" and am absolutely blown away by the content...and I haven't even listened to any of the box-load of CD's yet! Read more
Published 19 months ago by PokerGuySteve
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. Comprehensive. Best collection
Collection of BB's finest songs. The sound quality is great. All 4 CDs are fantastic. A must have for those who don't have these songs/albums already.
Published on May 22, 2011 by Gandalf
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