The R&B Soul of B.B. King (EMB 3379) (1967)

I’m no expert, but this must surely be King at the top of his game: the performances, the sound, the  style and timing all bespeak a pro who knew exactly what he was doing. And what he was doing was not as idiosyncratic (or as much in the country blues tradition) as Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf, rather it was an entertaining, polished synthesis of jazz and blues which sounds as rich as it is uncluttered. By the time this smart small combo record was taped in 1960, electric blues was fairly well established, though yet not rigid and R&B Soul might just be a definitive statement before the gimmicks of the 60s stole the soul.

This EX+ condition UK re-ish of King’s reputed personal favorite Lp, My Kind of Blues (adding “Rock Me Baby” and “I Can’t Lose”, both as strong side openers), represents yet another first, unbelievably my collection was bereft of the Beale St. Blues Boy, courtesy the local table top sale.

Enthusiastic notes from pseudonymous British DJ/Blue aficionado Mike Raven and, hey, I see it's in "Stereomonic" sound.

Published in: on January 24, 2012 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  

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