Saturday, May 18, 2013
B.B. King - Ladies and Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King
Anyway, personal connection aside, this box set is an unbelievably thorough exploration of B.B. King's career. Its 10 discs will take you from scratchy recordings from the late 1940s to the much cleaner recordings which feature collaborations with Eric Clapton and other luminaries. As you follow the chronological arc of this set (each of the 10 discs covers a 5 to 8 year chunk of King's career), you get a sense for not only the evolution of B.B. King as a musician, but also for the evolution of the blues as a genre. While this set is absolutely overkill for casual fans, it's a highly worthwhile purchase for those of us who are interested in a comprehensive overview of the man's career. By the time I polished off the final disc, it was almost too much. I was right on the verge of a blues breaking point (and no, John Mayall was not involved). This is a decadently definitive compilation, so if that sounds like your bag, get this.
Baleeted? No. These tunes take me back to a special place. You can't delete that.