B.B. King

King of the Blues [Box]

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No way can a mere four discs cover every facet of the blues king's amazing recording career, but MCA makes a valiant stab at it. The first two discs, as expected, are immaculate: opening with his Bullet Records debut ("Miss Martha King"), the box continues with a handful of pivotal RPM/Kent masters before digging into his 1960s ABC-Paramount material ("I'm Gonna Sit in 'til You Give In" and "My Baby's Comin' Home" are little-recalled gems). The hits -- "The Thrill Is Gone," "Why I Sing the Blues," "To Know You Is to Love You" -- are all here, and if much of the fourth disc is pretty disposable, it only mirrors King's own winding down in the studio.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:42 Amazon
2 02:31 Amazon
3 03:02 Amazon
4 02:48 Amazon
5 03:02 Amazon
6 02:48 Amazon
7 03:02 Amazon
8 02:21 Amazon
9 03:15 Amazon
10 02:13 Amazon
11 02:59 Amazon
12 02:07 Amazon
13 02:08 Amazon
14 02:31 Amazon
15 02:42 Amazon
16 02:44 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 02:22 Amazon
19 02:37 Amazon
20 03:50 Amazon
21 02:35 Amazon
22 03:11 Amazon
23 05:10 Amazon
24 02:20 Amazon
25 02:51 Amazon
26 03:16 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 05:33 Amazon
2 06:09 Amazon
3 03:06 Amazon
4 05:29 Amazon
5 04:12 Amazon
6 03:22 Amazon
7 02:48 Amazon
8 03:46 Amazon
9 00:55 Amazon
10 04:46 Amazon
11 04:15 Amazon
12 01:47 Amazon
13 04:12 Amazon
14 04:19 Amazon
15
feat: U2
03:30 Amazon
16 04:02 Amazon
17 04:01 Amazon
18 04:10 Amazon
19 02:51 Amazon
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