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Riding With the King

B.B. King, Eric Clapton Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B000BRHPM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That's the ticket 14 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
What a great contrasting sound and style on this album, as BB and Clapton complement each other.
"Key to the Highway" swings along in country blues call & answer style and what about the soul standard of "Hold on I'm comin"?
The first time you listen to this, because of its low key start, takes you by surprise when the penny drops and you're listening to a classic being driven like a steam hammer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Ride in Blue. 10 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
B.B. and Eric. Lucille and ... no, not Blacky, who was retired in 1985, but at least Blacky's little brother(s). Two guitar gods , with a combined 80 years of recording experience. Immesurable amounts of talent, from the two "big guys" down to every single one of the other participants in this project. And - dare one say it, given that this is supposed to be a blues album? - loads of fun, on top of all that!
Let's get things straight, musically this is a long way from Cook County Jail and from either man's Cradle, not to mention Layla and other assorted painful love affairs. There is no sense here of "rather [wanting to be] dead than to be here so alone and blue" (B.B. King, "Worry Worry"), of the loneliness at the chiming of the midnight hour (B.B. King, "Blues at Midnight"), or of crawling on the floor like the worst loser in the world begging her to take you back (Eric Clapton, "Bell Bottom Blues"). Sure, the album includes B.B. King's "Ten Long Years," "Three O'Clock Blues" and "When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer" and Maceo Merriweather's "Worried Life Blues" - and yes, these songs do strike a number of blue notes, in their lyrics as well as in King's growling vocals and their mournful, reflective guitar solos. But overall, a relaxed and at times even upbeat feeling dominates this release; and you can hear how much fun every musician involved in the project had in recording it. And further proof is provided by the photos of a broadly smiling Eric Clapton and B.B. King featured on the CD's front cover and in its slim booklet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapton is God...when someone has inspired him. 15 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If Jimi Hendrix had lived would he have become as boring as Eric Clapton sometimes is? Probably not. But Clapton, more than most, seems to need someone to push him, otherwise he lapses into tedious, lazy, chug-a-long blues, eg. Derek and the Dominoes. Obviously Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker could fire him up, as could the great Delaney and Bonnie band of the late '60s, but there has been far too much forgettable easy (or, for fans of the incomparable 'Beano' album, painful) listening since then. In steps B.B.King, and Eric starts trying again, probably as a mark of respect to the great man. This is wonderful - essential listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to the Blues 18 April 2012
By Jimmy G
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The CD was billed as a collaboration between two of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. Whilst other reviewers have noted the CDs over production, I think it's important to view this CD as a good introduction to blues for people who might never have listened to BB King but for the fact that they have heard of and enjoy Eric Clapton's music.

I agree that the title track "Riding with the King" is slightly commercial and artificial but I think the track helps serve as a bridge to ease people wanting to explore blues from a popular music perspective.

Highlights on this album are the slow blues track "Key to the Highway" and "Three O'Clock Blues". A chance to hear some great blues guitar in a very pure setting.

Overall, the CD is definitely worth buying for the uninitiated listener to blues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality 7 Mar 2012
Format:Vinyl
This is a very good quality vinyl, good quality double cover. Eric Clapton and B B KIng guitars sound perfectly, one on the left loudspeaker and one on the right one. Recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better than this 11 Feb 2011
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Riding With the King indeed. Sit back, pull the top down, put on the cruise control and enjoy the ride. B.B. sounds great as always and Clapton is no slouch either. Clapton has always loved the blues - and B.B. is the blues. For those of you who liked King's Deuces Wild, with a variety of partners, this CD represents a great opportunity to hear 2 artists grow over an entire CD. Each track is worth listening to again and again.. Nuff said, listen and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riding
Very good
Published 11 days ago by S. H. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Riding with the King
Great Album as expected from the two,Masters
Of the Blues !!
One compliments the other to make this a
Masterpiece Album !!
Published 22 days ago by Mike Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars riding with the king or just passing through.
BB King and eric Clapton a good cd nice to hear two guitarists allowing each other the respect for each other shine through on this cd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irene Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy!
Play it in the car, loud it lifts your spirits. If it doesn't the blues is not for you, this is the best.
Published 3 months ago by G. V. Stribling-Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars Riding with the king (Vinyl)
What a waste of money !
Completely soulless production that does not flatter neither King nor the "slow-hand". Read more
Published 7 months ago by kotsifakis thrashivoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Do I need to say anymore, wonderful music wonderful musicians. The sort of music you can listen to any time, anywhere
Published 8 months ago by J. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great and the Good
This is B B King teaming up with Clapton - remember the graffiti on the street walls, "Clapton is God"? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan Robert Lancaster
4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy!!!!
'Riding with the King' is part a joyful dusting down of some old blues classics for modern ears and part an efficiently put together, but still fun commercial, rock album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by os
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collaboration
Great CD. What more can I say Eric Clapton always delivers. BB King is just amazing. What more can I say?
Published 12 months ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cd!!
Excellent cd!! Recommended. A really good selection of music. This is an amazing album - a 'must-have' collection of brilliant songs spanning the years of quality music
Published 12 months ago by Millenium
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