B.B. King

Catfish Blues

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As nearly the only members of his blues generation who was still touring and recording actively in the late '90s, B.B. King could be forgiven for receding into a sort of "Elder Statesman of the Blues" position, content to merely remind audiences of his past glories once in a while. Happily, he chose not to do so, and continued making fiery, passionate music nearly the equal of the early singles that made his name.

Released in 1995, CATFISH BLUES is a sharp, satisfying album that sounds like it could have been recorded at any point in King's long career. Wisely eschewing any attempt to modernize the arrangements or reach for a crossover pop hit, King and band stick to what made the man a blues legend: emotive vocals and stinging guitar. The smoking "You've Done Lost You Good Thing Now" is a particular highlight.

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