B.B. King

The Blues Biography

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The B.B. King installment in the Blues Biography series, like the ones for Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, gives a brief, tasteful overview of a seminal blues artist. King weighs in here at the opposite end of the spectrum from the primal, modal blues of someone like Hooker; instead, his smooth, soulful guitar style and rollicking full-band arrangements swing with a certain weary elegance. Yet songs like "Everything I Do Is Wrong" and "My Baby's Gone" are pure, unadulterated blues, and they qualify as such thanks to King's dazzling, inimitable touch.

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