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Riding With The King

B.B. King, Eric Clapton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00004THAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Riding With The KingEric Clapton & B.B. King 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ten Long YearsEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Key To The HighwayEric Clapton / B.B. King 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Marry YouEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Three O'Clock BluesEric Clapton / B.B. King 8:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Help The PoorEric Clapton / B.B. King 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Wanna BeEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Worried Life BluesEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Days Of OldEric Clapton / B.B. King 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. When My Heart Beats Like A HammerEric Clapton / B.B. King 7:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hold On I'm ComingEric Clapton / B.B. King 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Come Rain Or Come ShineEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Eric Clapton and B.B. King first recorded together for one track on King's 1997 album Deuces Wild, an experience so satisfying that they decided they'd better do it again. Before long, Clapton announced on US television that one of his remaining ambitions was to make an entire album with King. Roping in producer Simon Climie, who had been such an integral part of Clapton's hugely successful Pilgrim album, the pair hunkered down in Los Angeles and set to work rejuvenating and re-interpreting a bunch of King's classics including "Ten Long Years", "Three O'Clock Blues", "Help The Poor" and "Days Of Old". They also take on a bunch of other goodies including a slow, bluesey reading of Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming" and, appropriately enough, a witty take on John Hiatt's "Riding With The King". They reach back to 1946 for the Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen standard "Come Rain Or Come Shine", and even dip into the 1930s to resurrect Big Bill Broonzy's "Keys To The Highway", where their trading of tasty acoustic licks is a particular joy. Throughout Riding With The King, Climie has kept the production admirably simple, with King's voice and guitar in one stereo channel while Clapton's is in the other, helping create a vital intimacy, as if they're playing across a small room to each other. --Johnny Black

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(2000 'Reprise') (61:21/12) Schon merkwürdig, daß diese beiden altehrwürdigen Herren nicht schon früher die Chance bekamen, zusammen aufzunehmen. Für Fans der beiden und Freunde von Gitarrenduellen ist das Album pure Freude! Es ist immer wieder erstaunlich, wie gut sich jeder einzelne der Beiden auf andere Musiker einstellen kann / we had to wait a long long time for this album. B.B. King always has been Clapton's hero, and so it's only natural that these two giants record together. Excellent. B.B. KING - gtr/voc, ERIC CLAPTON - gtr/voc, DOYLE BRAMHALL II - gtr, ANDY FAIRWEATHER-LOW - gtr, TIM CARMON - org, NATHAN EAST - bass, STEVE GADD - drums.Medium 1
  1. Riding With The King
  2. Ten Long Years
  3. Key To The Highway
  4. Marry You
  5. Three O'clock Blues
  6. Help The Poor
  7. I Wanna Be
  8. Worried Life Blues
  9. Days Of Old
  10. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer
  11. Hold On I'm Coming
  12. Come Rain Or Come Shine

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Ride in Blue. 4 Mar 2004
Format:Vinyl
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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