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Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan

B.B. KingAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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listen10. Jack, You're Dead! (Album Version) 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Knock Me A Kiss (Album Version) 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Let The Good Times Roll (Album Version) 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Caldonia (Album Version) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. It's A Great, Great Pleasure (Album Version) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rusty Dusty Blues (Mama Mama Blues) (Album Version) 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night (Album Version) 3:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (Album Version) 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00001WROG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Albums consisting entirely of one artist paying tribute to another are commonplace, especially in the blues world where a particular artist's musical heritage is easy to trace. It's rare, though, for an artist of B.B. King's caliber to do such a tribute, and we're all lucky that the artist he chose to honor is Louis Jordan--the King of the Blues saluting the King of Swing. King's clean, expressive guitar style and rough-hewn voice are so distinctive that there's no mistaking them for anyone else's, and hearing them applied to Jordan's classic songs--including "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens," "Somebody Done Changed the Lock on My Door," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"--demonstrates both King's considerable skill and the great versatility of Jordan's songwriting. That makes this record more than a mere curiosity, as does the stellar piano work from another living legend, Dr. John. --Genevieve Williams

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy This Tribute; Then Buy The Original July 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In the twenty-five years since Louis Jordan's death, it's a real tragedy that his legacy as one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll is largely unknown outside those people in the musical profession. Mention Louis Jordan to most under-fifties and your likely to be met with blank expressions. That's what makes this album a double treat. First, it helps to expose Jordan's music to a wider audience. Second, these songs are a perfect match for B.B. King's brand of electric blues.
I've been listening to B.B. King for more than twenty years when for three dollars I could still find vinyl copies of his early Kent sides in the cutout bins in the discount stores, featuring classics like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Rock Me Baby." King is a national treasure and well into his seventies he's still recording some of the best albums of his career--Blues on the Bayou, Making Love Is Good For You, and Riding with the King (with Eric Clapton).
This tribute to the music of Louis Jordan ranks right up there. Whether it's taking on the lighter fare of "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" and "Caldonia" or the more serious blues of "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" and "Nobody Knows You When Your Down and Out," B.B. King and band are stellar. The band featuures Dr. John on piano (and also shares vocals on "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)") and Dave "Fathead" Newman on tenor sax.
Once you've purchased this CD, your job is only half done. Between 1942 and 1951, Jordan placed 57 songs on the R&B charts. To hear his original Decca recordings of these classics, go out and purchase the single-disc 20-song collection The Best of Louis Jordan or the two-disc 46-song anthology Let the Good Times Roll and discover for yourself why rock 'n' roll owes a debt of gratitude to this early influence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BB KING SHOWS HUMOR AND VERSATILITY January 18, 2000
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The best Christmas present I received this year, by far, was this CD, which is BB King's tribute to the music of Louis Jordan. King, known primarily as a straight blues musician, has impressive range -- and range is needed to do justice to the many different kinds of music Jordan has bequeathed to the world.

King's voice is not what it used to be. Still, he handles Jordan's whimsical songs like "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens", "Jack, You're Dead", and "I Sure Had a Wonderful Time Last Night" flawlessly. On another of these, "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?", he is assisted vocally by his occasional musical partner ("Deuces Wild" and "Blues Brothers 2000"), Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack). It is plain that they had a great time cutting this one. Hearing it, even for the fourth or fifth time, I couldn't stifle a smile. Although Dr. John, a hugely underappreciated vocalist, sings only on this one song, his one-of-a-kind piano accompaniment enhances King's vocals on most of the cuts. On some, it blends triumphantly well with King's unequalled guitar artistry.

Jordan's music is not all goofin' and good times. King and Dr. John excel on the blues classic, "Nobody Wants You When You're own and Out". Here, perhaps more than on any other cut, King's diminished voice is up to the task - substituting nuance for power very effectively. This is as good a version of the song as I have ever heard. I realize, this is saying a lot -- but their effort is really that good. It is basically BB's vocal and Doc's piano until the very end when BB's guitar - unheard until then - contributes to a terrific finish.

Louis Jordan is not for everyone -- nor is BB King and Dr. John. (Perhaps that's what's wrong with the world.) I would, however, urge those who have enjoyed the work of these artists in the past to run out and buy this CD.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is a good time November 19, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
You may not know that you love Louis Jordan's music, but you probably do. He has been cited as an influence by virtually every blues, R&B, and early rock artist, from Little Richard to Eric Clapton. And much of his music is just plain fun. B.B. King is always great to listen to, and the combination of the two makes for a stellar CD. B.B. is in great form on this one, heavier on the vocals than usual, but plenty of Lucille. I have all of B.B.'s albums--I love him so much I named my cat after him--and I'd put this on my top 3 list. Just plug it in and enjoy; you won't be disappointed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting Tribute to Louis Jordan November 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I listened to Louis Jordan performing many of these same songs just the other day and couldn't wait to hear how BB's new album would compare. Rest assured that BB has captured the spirit and the heart and soul of Jordan's music. This phenomenal album presents 18 of the master's work with love and affection from an artist who has every right to phone it in at this point in his career. But he's not called the King of the Blues for nothing - these songs are delivered with the utmost care and respect that is obvious from the first few bars. In his autobiography, BB King cites Jordan and T-Bone Walker (along with Blind Lemon Jefferson) as his strongest influences, and he has produced a fitting tribute to an artist well ahead of his time. The band he has assembled for this album reads like an R&B Hall of Fame roster - Fathead Newman and Hank Crawford, Dr. John, and Marcus Belgrave. Though King has recently tossed in a few of Jordan's songs in his concerts and albums, it is a rare and unexpected treat to listen to a whole album dedicated to him. I saw BB in concert in September at his blues festival and can testify to the fact that he is just as good as ever. He seemed to be having more fun than he has ever had, too. This album proves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Cristian E.
1.0 out of 5 stars Total mismatch
I consider myself a fan of B.B.King; I consider myself a bigger fan of Louis Jordan. This project does nothing to add to either of their legacies. Mr. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Mark S. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars ****3/4 - very entertaining, very enjoyable. Very good!
One of B.B. King's best latter-day albums, "Let the Good Times Roll" is a terrific collection of 18 songs usually associated with jump blues master Louis Jordan. Read more
Published on May 20, 2006 by Docendo Discimus
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Sunnyside Up!
Quite simply, this is my favorite B.B. King album. Rollicking songs, great recorded sound, an outstanding rhythm section backing up B.B. Read more
Published on February 24, 2003 by Marc D. Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars Get the real thing
BB is a great blues performer, but his jump blues doesn't jump. Buy some actual Louis Jordan recordings, and really go for it!
Published on November 28, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!
I first heard this recording in London, at a small restaurant that was playing a series of great CDs. Read more
Published on June 16, 2002 by Alan Rooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tribute
I would highly recommend this cd to anyone who is a fan of Louis Jordan or B.B. King. B.B. does the original songs justice, and it's a great tribute to the late great Louis Jordan. Read more
Published on January 5, 2002 by S. Curnow
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I seem to be alone in my opinion, but this is not a great CD. I love B.B. King and I love Louis Jordan, but not this CD. Great concept, poorly executed. Read more
Published on December 21, 2001 by Lindyhopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!
A great album. BB King does a great job covering 18 sides by one of his top influences. A fitting tribute to Louis Jordan, BB keeps the feel and soul of the original while adding... Read more
Published on June 7, 2001 by Daniel J. Warme
5.0 out of 5 stars a great album
Really terrific album--every song is performed with taste, humor and intelligence. A fantastic band, playing at their best--no showing off, just great playing. Read more
Published on January 7, 2000 by H.C. Carey
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