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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00004THAY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Riding With The KingEric Clapton & B.B. King 4:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Ten Long YearsEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Key To The HighwayEric Clapton / B.B. King 3:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Marry YouEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Three O'Clock BluesEric Clapton / B.B. King 8:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Help The PoorEric Clapton / B.B. King 5:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. I Wanna BeEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:45£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Worried Life BluesEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Days Of OldEric Clapton / B.B. King 3:00£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. When My Heart Beats Like A HammerEric Clapton / B.B. King 7:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Hold On I'm ComingEric Clapton / B.B. King 6:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. Come Rain Or Come ShineEric Clapton / B.B. King 4:11£0.89  Buy MP3 

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When it comes to the greatest rockin' bluesmen in history, at the top of the electrified traditional list is B.B. King; at the top of the contemporary list is Eric Clapton. Riding with The King brings the two living legends together for an entire album for the first time. When it comes to rockin' blues, Riding With The King is as great as it will ever get. Certified Multi-Platinum (2 times)by the RIAA. (2/01)

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MR R F HUTTON on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Kaye-Smith on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
The reason many people love the music of BB.King and Eric Clapton is the amazing feeling they get into their music thorugh their playing and vocals. For any fan this book is a must. Every tune is expertly transcribed, clearly laid out in both musical and TAB forms, making it very easy for you to play with the correct timing (sometimes very difficult with reading Blues tabs). Includes all the great songs from the hit album, including Key to the Highway, Days of old and of course, Riding with the King! A must for any fan, or player who wants to broaden their repetoire!
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