Following the artistic success he had recording an album of pure blues in `From the Cradle', where he paid tribute to many of his heroes, Eric Clapton here pays tribute to one of the founding fathers of the electric blues, BB King. Not just content with covering a few BB King tracks, he decided to go for a full on collaboration with the great man himself.
The title of the album is quite apt, BB King is pretty much centre stage, and at times it feels like Clapton is riding along with him. They work their way through a great selection of tracks, some of them old King numbers. King is on inspired form, as always. Clapton, often guilty of not being too committed to the music, is here totally immersed in the project and in good form.
The star of the album is `Key to the Highway', a superb effort from the two men. The rest of the album, mainly up tempo blues with a mixture of acoustic and electric guitar work is pretty good as well. If I have one criticism it is with the production, it sometimes feels a bit too slick and over-engineered, and drum machines have no place on a album like this. Part from that this is a solid entry into Clapton's discography, 4 stars.