Often with B.B. King, fans are split between Live in Cook County Jail and Live at the Regal, both being classic blues albums and excellent performances by Mr. King. My personal favorite is still Live at the Regal simply because of the larger backing band and I feel B.B. gives a stronger vocal performance, but that isn't a diss on Live in Cook by any means.
It is the sparser sound that often draws fans to Live in Cook over Live at the Regal. You really get to hear B.B. King raw and Cook County has a bluesier sound with more emphasis on King's playing than the full band or his vocals.
The one drawback to this album, for me personally, is King's audience interplay just doesn't seem as strong on this album and I tend to blame the audience more than B.B. While the audience in Live at the Regal can almost become disruptive to the music, the audience in Cook County leans closer to non-responsive unless King pries a reaction out of them, which the King is still apt to do.
All in all, a great album and I think a blues fan should pick this and the Regal both up. Even though Cook County seems relegated to live in the shadow of Regal, it is a fantastic album and a classic for any blues collection.
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- Label: Geffen
- Copyright: ℗© 1971 Geffen Records
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- Total Length: 38:40
- ASIN: B000WLMNKW
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