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Blues legend B.B. King had been spending recent years 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. "The ... Read more in Amazon's B.B. King Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000XUPBGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's great to see this 1967 LP reissued on CD, I got "The jungle" as a single at the time and I've always thought that it was a really good song and a great sounding record. BB is on top form here, his vocals are really strong and emotional and his stinging guitar is right up front in the mix. The backing is really good, with excellent (uncredited?) piano and horns used sparingly and sympathetically.

There is a great collection of songs here, lots a classic blues like Eddie Boyd's "Five long years" and Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the blind" and also some blues classics like "Ain't nobody's business" and "Mean old world" that BB manages to breathe new life into and make his own. I particularly like the songs "Blue shadows and "I stay in the mood" where his guitar sounds fabulous but this is a very consistent collection of songs, albeit from different sessions and never meant to issued as one record. Highly recommended mid-period B.B. King.
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By Bony Moronie on 12 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Probably BB King's best ever album and certainly my favourite, the one I play most often.

I have the original on Vinyl, on the US label, signed by King and some band members, Chas Boles, Organ, Lee Tatling, Sax, Pat Williams, Trumpet & Sonny Freeman, Drums. I bought the CD from you save my vinyl copy from excessive use, however it (Vinyl copy) still sounds better than any inferior CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Kay on 27 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Whilst the sound quality may be somewhat variable (a fault, I suspect, of the original era, recordings and equipment) the sound is so raw and alive you simply don't care.

I'm perhaps not extensively experienced with Blues; however whilst there is nothing revolutionary on this CD, for a solid implementation of Blues classics it's well worth seeking out.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
B.B. is all ways good , another fine album
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
B.B. King In Transition 16 Jun. 2011
By r.j. zurek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If there was ever an album that fell through the cracks, it's B.B. King's "The Jungle".Perhaps the timing was poor-"Blues Is King" was released a few months earlier in 1967 and included popular tracks like "Night Life" and "Don't Answer The Door". For "Jungle", a series of mid '60s singles were assembled to capitalize on the success of the title track; however, most of the songs were available in various compilations.

When this album was re-issued, new mixes and overdubs were added to give the original tracks extra "punch". This plan worked very well, especially the addition of guitarist Arthur Adams. Not only does he beef up the band with some fine rhythm guitar, he posed for the cover shot in place of B.B.!

The opening title track is a surprise. The whole band is very loose- B.B. King is known for precision and sophistication. The trumpets of Bobby Forte and Kenny Sands elevate the song, and Duke Jethro's piano is strong. Sonny Freeman's rather casual drumming just feels RIGHT.

At that time, B.B. was strictly a Memphis man. In his autobiography, he states "I was never tempted by the Windy City. I'd already been to blues heaven, and it wasn't called Chicago. Long distance information, give me Memphis, Tennessee". That's why his treatment of Chicago blues standards is so interesting. His voice soars on Eddie Boyd's "Five Long Years" and he's earnest on Sonny Boy's "Eyesight To The Blind." "Mean Old World" (listed here as "It's A Mean World") features B.B. playing in a newer, assertive style. Duke Jethro is again prominent in the mix.

The five extra tracks for this compilation are all excellent, especially the "original raw version" of the title track. The song begins with B.B. counting off to the band, then he shouts "Think I'll move to the jungle" while the band, sans horns with Jethro on organ support The King's clean jazzy fretwork. Truly a raw, primal blues.

"The Jungle" should not be passed up. Although this is a collection of singles recorded from 1962-1967, the selection reflects a time when B.B.'s style was in transition. In two years he would enjoy the success of "The Thrill Is Gone", and soon after would come the successful collaborations with Bobby Bland.

BUYERS OR REVIEWERS NOTE: This review is for the SEVENTEEN TRACK P-vine Japanese import (ASIN B00008RVOU). Most reviews on the internet, and the review here dated Nov 11, 2009, are for the TWELVE TRACK Ace collection (ASIN B000WZ4Y8Z).
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1960s studio album with BB on top form... 11 Nov. 2009
By G. E. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's great to see this 1967 LP reissued on CD, I got "The jungle" as a single at the time and I've always thought that it was a really good song and a great sounding record. BB is on top form here, his vocals are really strong and emotional and his stinging guitar is right up front in the mix. The backing is really good, with excellent piano and horns used sparingly and sympathetically.

There is a great collection of songs here, lots a classic blues like Eddie Boyd's "Five long years" and Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the blind" and also some blues classics like "Ain't nobody's business" and "Mean old world" that BB manages to breathe new life into and make his own. I particularly like the songs "Blue shadows and "I stay in the mood" where his guitar sounds fabulous but this is a very consistent collection of songs, albeit from different sessions and never meant to issued as one record. Highly recommended mid-period BB.
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