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King Of The Blues [4 CD Box Set] Box set

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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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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Miss Martha King
  2. She's Dynamite
  3. Three O'Clock Blues
  4. Please Love Me
  5. You Upset Me Baby
  6. Everyday I HaveThe Blues
  7. Rock Me Baby
  8. Recession Blues
  9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  10. I'm Gonna Sit 'Til You Give In
  11. Blues At Midnight
  12. Sneakin' Around
  13. My Baby's Comin' Home
  14. Slowly Losing My Mind
  15. How Blue Can You Get
  16. Rockin' Awhile
  17. Help the Poor
  18. Stop Leadin' Me On
  19. Never Trust A Woman
  20. Sweet Little Angel: Live Regal Theatre
  21. All Over Again
  22. Sloppy Drunk
  23. Don't Answer The Door, Parts 1 & 2
  24. I Done Got Wise
  25. Think It Over
  26. Gambler's Blues

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
  6. Lucille
  7. Watch Yourself
  8. You Put It On Me
  9. Get Myself Somebody
  10. I Want You So Bad
  11. Why I Sing The Blues
  12. Get Off My Back Woman
  13. Please Accept My Love
  14. Fools Get Wise
  15. No Good
  16. So Excited

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
  6. Chains And Thangs
  7. Eyesight To The Blind
  8. Niji Baby
  9. Blue Shadows
  10. Ghetto Woman
  11. Ain't Nobody Home
  12. I Got Some Help I Don't Need
  13. Five Long Years
  14. To Know You Is To Love You
  15. I Like To Live The Love
  16. Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes

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)
  6. Better Not Look Down
  7. Caldonna: Live Ole Miss
  8. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
  9. Play With Your Poodle (Solo)
  10. Darlin' You Know I Love You
  11. Inflation Blues
  12. Make Love To Me
  13. Into The Night
  14. Six Silver Strings
  15. When Love Comes To Town
  16. Right Place, Wrong Time
  17. Many Miles Travelled
  18. I'm Moving On
  19. Since I Met You Baby


Product Details

  • 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: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002OMC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Curtis J. George on 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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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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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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By jbembe on December 6, 2002
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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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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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By A Customer on March 18, 2000
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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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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.....
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As a long-time fan of classic music, such as jazz, blues, classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new age, classical, opera, plus much more out there in the world, I simply HAD to get this collection of timeless music. In all honesty, I have to say that I paid more than a fair price for this one, but one has to admit that you simply CANNOT put a price on music as rich, pure, and powerful as that produced by the legendary B.B. King.

I absolutely love all the songs on this collection. Every last one, no questions asked. This music is not old; it is timeless. Pure, powerful, complex, uplifting, moving... I need not say more. Best of all, people will still be listening to this stuff LONG after all those no-talent, industry-manufactured hacks like Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, etc fade away and are forgotten. This is REAL music right here, people. This collection deserves to be owned by anyone who calls themselves a music lover, hands down. Buy it. You will not regret it.
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