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  • Original Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Label: Spectrum
  • Copyright: (C) 1971 Geffen Records
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  • Total Length: 38:41
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  • ASIN: B001KRTNPA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,084 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Angry bluesman on 15 Aug 2011
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I would love to give this 5 stars (for having possibly the greatest album cover ever, for one thing); but I just can't. Why? Well, this album has 8 tracks. Take away this first one, which is a prison official making a speech, and the second, which is not much more than a brief musical intro, and the 4th, which is mainly BB rapping with the audience, and the 5th, which is a medley with a fair bit more talking, and you basically have 4 solid tracks. They're great performances - but it's not what I'd call a coherent album, and I find myself wanting to edit some of it out.

The whole things weighs in about 37 minutes, including all the intros and chat. About 20 minutes of uninterrupted music.

Now, some people will tell you that's all a part of BB's show - and if this CD were an hour long, I'd agree. As it is, it's really enjoyable, but you should know what you're getting.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By N. Bournat on 7 Jan 2005
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BB plays an unlikely concert to prisoners at Cook County Jail. A captive audience in no doubt and B B sounds a little nervous at first - probably thinking of what might happen if they don't like him. Recorded some time ago - I guess early 70's and he is probably at his best. After the normal set of his favouties and introductions - he launches into into the best he has ever sounded on live record. He cooks at the county jail and his guitar gains a power normally heard from his namesake Freddie King. The highest point has to be 'The Thrill Has Gone' - not stricly a 12 bar blues but it has to be one of modern music's must hear tracks, much better than the studio version. He adds a 'chucka chucka' beat building up to a explosive finish. If you buy only one BB King CD - this is the one. I've had LP's, tapes and now my last CD is scratched - so here I am again buying it again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Everton on 24 Mar 2012
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Followers of any particular artist or genre, will often have several albums of a particular Artist. I am no exception when it comes to the blues and BB King. This is no doubt one of his best performances. Think about it, it had to be ........... it must have been do or die facing an audience made up of prisoners.
BB King plays and sings like I have never heard before. Excellent.
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If all you have seen of BB King is an old man appearing as a respected guest with modern musicians this classic album from the 70s will show you why he is so respected.
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By CHAVAUDRA Brigitte on 10 Jan 2013
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Very good and mythic live in cook country jail record ! impossible to find now in France. To recommand for the new generations of people who don`t know this music.
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By Nic on 5 Nov 2011
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Simply the best Chicago blues live concert ever recorded! If you like blues - you will love it - if not, you will still be moved!
A must have CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben VINE VOICE on 19 Feb 2008
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Read any article or book about blues music, and mention will quickly be made to what's considered the finest live blues album around - namely, BB King's "Live At The Regal". I'd say it's a fair comment, but the impact of that album is that I think it now slightly overshadows this one; and if you've not heard "Live in Cook County Jail" before then I recommend you do - as it's a fine record.

You've only got to look at Johnny Cash to know how live albums recorded in prisons can somehow bring out the best in a musician, and with BB it's no different. Perhaps it's the thought of playing to a group of prisoners, but he pulls out all the stops on this album. The guitar playing is exemplary of course (his licks here have a real sting in the tail) but it's BB King acting as his own compere that really shines.

Vocally he's on fine form, but there's a lot of humour on this record that I'd not heard before. He's skits during "Worry Worry" are worth the cost of the album alone - and the charm in which he chats to the audience about songs he's selected. Which is to say nothing of the wonderfully funky version of "The Thrill Is Gone" (which, without the string section sounds brilliant) or the blistering "Every Day I Have The Blues", which opens his set.

If I would be allowed one complaint, it's that it's perhaps not long enough!

This is a wonderfully raw and impassioned BB performance - so you can easily buy with confidence.
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By Toggan on 7 Nov 2014
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This is one of the best blues album ever!! I compare this one with Cash Live at Folsom. GREAT!
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