B.B. King

A Proper Introduction to B.B. King: Woke Up This Morning

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A Proper Introduction to B.B. King corresponds to the name of the label of release, but in this case, it is also a fine, budget-priced compilation of the famed guitarist's early work for the King label. Containng 25 tracks recorded between 1949 and 1953, these sides offer a very different side of the bluesman's career, with a rollicking, raw sound that stands in stark contrast to the subdued, elegant blues he developed from the early '60s on. This is raucous, rowdy music as steeped in barrelhouse R&B as it is in the emerging blues from Chicago. It is wonderfully uncivilized and earthy and is as fine a first B.B. King recording as any.

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