Midnight Believer/Take It Home

B.B. King

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Midnight Believer/Take It Home Review

by Thom Jurek

This BGO reissue of two late-'70s albums by B.B. King has been done more for posterity than for the value of the music found on either album. Both Midnight Believer and Take It Home were produced by Crusaders keyboard boss Joe Sample. He and co-writer Will Jennings wrote the vast majority of the material on both records, trying to put King in a more contemporary context. The guitar is still there and so is that grand voice, but the tunes are arranged with all manner of synth strings, real strings, female backing chorus and plastic drum beats, taking away much of their power. This set is for those diehards who need King's records no matter how bad. Others should look elsewhere.

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