B.B. King The Ultimate Collection
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- Released: March 15, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Geffen Records
- 1.Three O'Clock Blues
- 2.Please Love Me
- 3.You Upset Me Baby
- 4.Sweet Sixteen, Parts One & Two
- 5.Rock Me Baby
- $1.29 on iTunes6.How Blue Can You Get?
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Every Day I Have The Blues
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Sweet Little Angel
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Don't Answer The Door
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
- $1.29 on iTunes11.The Thrill Is Gone
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
- $0.69 on iTunes13.Chains And Things
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Ain't Nobody Home
- $0.99 on iTunes15.I Like To Live The Love
- $0.99 on iTunes16.Never Make A Move Too Soon
- $0.99 on iTunes17.Better Not Look Down
- $0.99 on iTunes18.There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
- $1.29 on iTunes19.When Loves Comes To Town
- 20.Ten Long Years
- $0.99 on iTunes21.I'll Survive
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Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar, piano); Bono (vocals); David Spinozza (guitar); George Coleman, Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); David "Fathead" Newman , Wilton Felder, Bill Harvey, Bobby Forte (tenor saxophone); The Memphis Horns (horns); Johnny Ace (piano); Carole King (electric piano); Dr. John, Joe Sample, Stevie Wonder (keyboards); Earl Forest, Sonny Freeman (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Charles Sawyer.
Geffen's 21-track B.B. King compilation attempts the impossible--to provide a single-disc overview of the blues icon. Arranged chronologically, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION begins with "Three O'Clock Blues," King's first Number One hit from 1953 and continues straight through to 1998's "I'll Survive." King's most essential recorded moments--"You Upset Me Baby," "Don't Answer the Door," and "The Thrill Is Gone," among others--are included. Though a lot of fine material is overlooked for economy's sake, this is as solid a collection of the legend's first 50 years as anyone could want under one cover.
The compilation does the listener a service, not only by representing the arc of King's spectacular career, but by bringing together work from different labels (a task usually riddled with disputes over song rights). Original versions of songs released on RPM, Kent, ABC, and MCA are included here, as are two tracks from 1965's LIVE AT THE REGAL, still one of King's most incendiary recordings. Every cut on the album brilliantly showcases King's soulful, technically flawless guitar work and impassioned singing, making THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION a great place for the uninitiated to begin learning about this monumental bluesman.
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