B.B. King

King of the Blues [Box]

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AllMusic Review by Bill Dahl

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 B.B. King 02:42 Amazon
2 B.B. King 02:31 Amazon
3 B.B. King 03:02 Amazon
4 B.B. King 02:48 Amazon
5 B.B. King 03:02 Amazon
6 B.B. King 02:48 Amazon
7 B.B. King 03:02 Amazon
8 B.B. King 02:21 Amazon
9 B.B. King 03:15 Amazon
10 B.B. King 02:13 Amazon
11 B.B. King 02:59 Amazon
12 B.B. King 02:07 Amazon
13 B.B. King 02:08 Amazon
14 B.B. King 02:31 Amazon
15 B.B. King 02:42 Amazon
16 B.B. King 02:44 Amazon
17 B.B. King 02:38 Amazon
18 B.B. King 02:22 Amazon
19 B.B. King 02:37 Amazon
20 B.B. King 03:50 Amazon
21 B.B. King 02:35 Amazon
22 B.B. King 03:11 Amazon
23 B.B. King 05:10 Amazon
24 B.B. King 02:20 Amazon
25 B.B. King 02:51 Amazon
26 B.B. King 03:16 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

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