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The great Memphis guitarist and singer B.B. King has been the most high-profile figure in blues since the 1960's, ever since his Live At The Regal album established him as a superstar. King has collaborated successfully with everyone from Bobby Bland to U2, but he made his name as a soulful, enthusiastic bandleader. His beloved cherry-red Gibson guitar, "Lucille," is the source of King's trademark sound--percussive attack, dramatic string-bending, and spare lead lines with a vocal-like quality. 12 tracks.

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B0010M6HE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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This CD is B.B. Kings most recent live recorded performance. It was recorded at B.B's Memphis and Nashville clubs. At eighty-one years old Mr. King is a musical marvel. He doesn't miss a beat and seamlessly integrates his music, his band, and his amazing voice. And by virtue of this stalwart fusion, he literally holds the enthusiastic live crowd in the palm of his hand. The selections on this CD combine songs from both sides of B.B.'s menu of blues. The tunes range from soothing mellow blues to rocking blues. Just when you think B.B. can only relax you, a rumbling blue thunder that starts deep inside his chest culminates in a growling rocking blues eruption. There are also some nice horn solos by his band and B.B. shows he can still bend those strings the way electric blues strings were meant to be bent. I saw B.B. interviewed on CNN last night (2/18/08) and the reporter asked him; out of all his songs in his long career which song did he feel he was most identified with? B.B. said: "I'll tell you a secret, just between you and me, if you don't tell anyone. (Remember this is on national TV.) It's "THE THRILL IS GONE". But the secret is that I play it different every time I play it!"

Included on this release along with "THE THRILL IS GONE" are other old favorites such as "WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN" with B.B. sharing with the audience some inside info about the creation of that song. He also records "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" and "WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN" for the first time ever. I recommend this CD to people of all age groups and all types of music lovers. B.B.'s talent and performance on this CD bridges all generations and genres. I truly believe Mr. King has found the "BLUES-FOUNTAIN-OF-YOUTH" and when the last song on the CD "WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN" plays you're ready to jump in line and follow his parade wherever it may lead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Weinstock VINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
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Acrobat Music, a European label that I am familiar with from some of their public domain reissues of jazz and vintage rhythm'n'blues, has issued their initial batch of releases with their American affiliate of the same name. Among the releases is B.B. King and His Orchestra Live, a 1983 performance at the MIDEM trade fair in Cannes as part of a jazz concert with Dave Brubeck and Pat Metheny. Outside of identifying trumpeter Calvin Owens as leading the band, the rest of the personnel are unidentified.

This opens with a barn-burning opening B.B.'s Theme, after which the tempo slows down and Owens brings B.B. to the stage. Perhaps because of the setting he launches into instrumental versions of "Why I Sing the Blues, and Darling You Know I Love You. On the former song B.B. opens up with a rocking solo with punching horns framing the funky bass guitar solo before King takes the tune down as he slows down the tempo, interjects some lines from Dueling Banjos, before getting into a call and response with the horns. It is rather unusual to hear these staples of his repertoire done without vocals, but perhaps he was responding to this being a jazz concert.

A rendition of Sweet Little Angel, opens with a lengthy guitar introduction before he launches into his vocal. It is followed by Everyday I Have the Blues, with a lengthy piano solo to take it out. Labeled as "All Over Again is a powerful treatment of "I Got a Mind to Give Up Living (and Go Shopping Again), with King's impassioned vocal smartly supported by the orchestra here. There is nothing surprising with The Thrill Is Gone, ands B.B. follows with a good rendition of Caledonia, before closing with a fervent Paying the Cost to Be the Boss.

This is an enjoyable recording, as if B.B.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 9, 2008
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This 1983 live set showcases B.B. King in Cannes, France, backed by a tight, powerful band led by trumpeter Calvin Jones. Fitting their set into a jazz festival program that included Pat Metheny and Dave Brubeck, King's orchestra, with a full horn section and a diesel-powered rhythm section (uncredited in the liner notes), took the opportunity to stretch their arrangements. The eleven minute opener, "B.B.'s Theme," is a testament to the band's muscular precision, and it's only a warm-up for the introduction of the star himself. King's guitar is an ample match for the band's horn-lined kick, starting with the instrumental "Why I Sing the Blues" on which King trades solos with a funked-up bass before jokily segueing into a blue funk riff borrowed from "Dueling Banjos." Even when taken down-tempo for "Darling You Know I Love You," the band's horns provide plenty of punch and Jones' trumpet serves as a soulful foil to King's guitar. The set features several King favorites, including "Sweet Little Angel" and the 1970 crossover hit "The Thrill is Gone," played and sung with plenty of verve. Additional highlights include a moody and pained take of King's original "All Over Again" and an instrumental arrangement of Jesse Belvin's "Guess Who?" that includes Stax-like horn accompaniment and a searing muted trumpet solo. The disc closes with a brash take on Louis Jordan's "Caldonia" and the original "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss." Acrobat's release, with a new cover photo and liner notes, plus an "O-card" surrounding a standard jewel box, is a straight-up reissue of Fabulous' like-titled (and now out-of-print) 2003 import. Between song banter is omitted by fading tracks just before or after the audience applause begins, but any sense of stitching is completely overpowered by the set's energy. [©2008 hyperbolium dot com]
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