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Blues legend B.B. King has been spending time this year thinking about "The B.B. King That Was." There is his bricks, mortar and memory project down in a Mississippi blues crossroads, his very own B.B. King Museum, which acknowledges his past. And then, his new Geffen Records CD One Kind Favor which puts the blues maestro in competition, not with other players, but. himself. ... Read more in Amazon's B.B. King Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00139L7H2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Caldonia (Live At The BBC, The Hammersmith Odeon / 1978) 4:03Album Only
Listen  2. I Like To Live The Love (Live At The BBC, The Hammersmith Odeon / 1978) 5:58Album Only
Listen  3. Night Life (Live At The BBC, The Hammersmith Odeon / 1978) 6:01Album Only
Listen  4. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) (Live At The BBC, The Hammersmith Odeon / 1978) 6:42Album Only
Listen  5. The Thrill Is Gone (Live At The BBC, The Hammersmith Odeon / 1978) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Gotta Move Out Of This Neighbourhood (Live At The BBC, Glasgow / 1991) 7:55Album Only
Listen  7. When Love Comes To Town (Live At The BBC, Glasgow / 1991) 4:47Album Only
Listen  8. Let The Good Times Roll (Live At The BBC, Fairfield Hall / 1998) 2:56Album Only
Listen  9. Stormy Monday Blues (Live At The BBC, Fairfield Hall / 1998) 6:09Album Only
Listen10. Ain't Nobody Home (Live At The BBC, Fairfield Hall / 1998) 7:12Album Only
Listen11. Five Long Years (Live At The BBC, Fairfield Hall / 1998) 7:32Album Only
Listen12. How Blue Can You Get? (Live At The BBC, Fairfield Hall / 1998) 4:14Album Only
Listen13. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (Live At The BBC / 1989) 3:16Album Only
Listen14. The Thrill Is Gone (Live At The BBC / 1989) 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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This wonderful collection compiles the best of BB King's BBC recordings onto one CD for the very first time and includes some of his biggest hits such as Paying the Cost to Be the Boss and, The Thrill Is Gone as well as a When Love Comes To Town, the duet with U2 that took him to the top of the UK charts and gave him his first MTV exposure.

Featuring highlights from his 3 finest UK performances alongside a session recording made in the BBC's studios, this CD offer an incredible snapshot of an artist at the peak of his career performing some of his greatest material.

BBC Review

This collection spans two decades of the Mississippi blues master's BBC output, from 1978 to 1998. The material is mostly recorded at gigs in London, Glasgow and Croydon, but a pair of live-in-the-studio session tracks are tagged on at the end, numbers which were originally laid down for Andy Kershaw's Radio 1 show. The King sound is eternal, and it's remarkable how little his formula has changed over this time span (and indeed before and after the selected years). The one development is that as age advances, B.B. has decelerated the set's pace, including longer onstage patter between numbers, and even over each song's vamping musical introduction.

The first five tracks are from a 1978 Hammersmith Odeon concert, in London. The slick revue style is already in place, but King's delivery remains gritty, its rawness intact. There's a roughness to his smoothness. It's a winning combination of rugged vocals and guitar meeting tight horn arrangements, and slick organ swirls. The pace on Caldonia is sprightly, punching with saxophone and trumpet solos. Then, King cuts to the exposed soulfulness of I Love To Live The Life, followed by a sudden descent into the coasting ballad softness of Night Life. Often, it's these slower tunes that carry greater weight, and the pace is kept down-and-spacious for The Thrill Is Gone.

Fourteen years on, and the band sound remains much the same, with a lengthy guitar introduction setting the scene for I Gotta Move Out Of This Neighbourhood, quieting down for an exposed B.B. vocal. Many of his songs tend to deal with woes brought on by womankind, even if peppered with some sly self-lacerating humour. The best of these is How Blue Can You Get?. The five tracks from Croydon's Fairfield Hall, in 1998, show how King had increased the verbals by this stage, but the disc closes out with its two concise Kershaw cuts, the band just playing it straight in the BBC's Maida Vale studio. Neither ropey nor exceptional, this collection inhabits the sturdy middle ground between these extremes. --Martin Longley

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. Clack on 29 Feb. 2008
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These recordings for the BBC are well worth investing in.From three seperate gigs with the most recent being 1998,plus a couple of studio recordings done at Maida Vale for Andy Kershaw's radio programme. A selection of BB classics live and with BBC recording quality has got to be a must.If your a fan of the bluesmaster you will already have these songs but its still worth getting because in concert the band are just so good and really tight BB in top form throughout and obviously enjoying every second and his credits and comments all add to the experience.His live version of U2's When Love Comes To Town is a highlight as is one of my personal favourites of his When It All Comes Down.Every song is a blues classic and when you think he was already in his seventies when the 1998 set was recorded he was and is still full of hard hitting rhythms and he speaks and plays a song he'd recorded with a very well known rap artist.BB has always kept in touch with what is happening in modern music and this CD prooves it.If you've never had a BB record then this is a fabulous place to begin and at such a great price.I saw BB on his final British tour two years back and he was awesome and still so full of life and energy where his music is concerned.Even today now in his 80's he's still keeping up a solid touring schedule in the USA.So get this,enjoy it treasure the music of the greatest bluesman alive and without doubt one of the greatest artistes of all time,at such a great value release you can't lose but you'll gain so much listening to this wonderful man doing what he does best playing his blues in concert.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Himself on 31 July 2009
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I bought this along with B.B. King & Friends - 80 after seeing him live at Birmingham recently. Although Friends 80 is good, this is definitely the better of the two - I was listening to it while driving to Nottingham yesterday and my heart was singing. It includes some of his chat and it's a wonderful souvenir of a live concert wherever that may have been.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cal on 18 Sept. 2009
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This CD is almost like a BB King documentary in the way it spans 20 or 30 years of his career amd each moment is perfection. He plays Lucille like nobody else possibly could and is on top form for all tracks. BUY IT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. P. Skinner on 7 April 2012
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I recently reviewed Eric Clapton's "just one night" live recording, and BB's "Live at the BBC" is on a par hence the 5 star rating. This marriage between BB and Lucille just gets stronger as time passes. If you are a BB fan then this live recording is a must have for the collection, and if you are buying your first BB recording then this is a good place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pdw on 2 Feb. 2013
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Does what it says in the can. BB King at the BBC and live. My personal favourite is Stormy Monday Blues, but there are many (14) tracks, or songs as they used to be known as, to choose from. Buy this, it is by the King of the Blues after all. pdw
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By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2014
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Live albums by KIng aren't too hard to come by and some of them (like Live at the Regal) are among his best. Now, despite this being compiled from four shows, you can add this to the list.

Spanning 1978-89, B is in fine form throughout as he engages with the audience, talking to them, getting them to join in, singing superbly -King is more in the vein of Blues Shouter, though he can tone it down when he needs to- and playing the most delicious Blues guitar. There are 14 tracks with a running time of 79 minutes and consist of some of his most famous songs. Particularly good is his solo version of his collaboration with U2 "When Love Comes To Town" where he rocks the house to its foundations.

It doesn't get much better than this.
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