best live album of all time
Live at the Regal is a 1965 live album by American blues guitarist and singer B.B. King. It was recorded on November 21, 1964, at the Regal Theater in Chicago. The album is widely heralded as one of the greatest blues albums ever recorded and was ranked at number 141 in Rolling Stone's 2003 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, before dropping to number 299 in a 2020 revision. In 2005, Live at the Regal was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States. Some musicians, including Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Mark Knopfler, have acknowledged using this album as a primer before performances. The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings—published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981)—and in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.It was voted number 604 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000). In the same book it was number 6 in the Top 50 Blues albums of All-Time.
best live album of all time
I wonder if the people screaming in the crowd knew they were witnessing something special. I hope they had a sense of occasion and weren't so drunk they remember little. This is legendary, BB King cannot be faulted because he set the standard himself. His voice gives me chills. Nothing here is perfect and that in itself is just perfect. It's gritty, raw, honest, covered in smoke and whiskey, and just wonderful.
I'll give this 3 stars just because it's B.B. King, but I don't have the willpower to go through a full live blues album. Not at this stage of my life.
B.B. King is THE king for a reason. He's just a phenomenal performer. This live album is a great demonstration of his power, skill, and sheer magnetism. There are so many great, utterly classic blues tracks here that it's hard to find much to fault. The biggest issue is that there isn't MORE B.B. King on this list.
One where I think crowd noise really helps. Not that this album isn't fantastic, but the crowd is hyped up to see BB and it really makes the record that much more fun. BB was a phenomenal showman, and this album showcases it very well. Favorite tracks: "How Blue Can You Get?", "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now"
Great album love the crowd interaction. Sent me on a blues rabbit hole.
From the 1970s, blues has become a dirty word. A dull genre that rewards dry technical efficiency and growling to signify passion. I automatically think I don't like blues as a result. This album shows what it can be. The energy, looseness from brilliant musicians (they could be tighter, they choose not to be) and the sheer energy of it is infectious and wonderful. You could draw a line from this album through James Brown, Hendrix, George Clinton, Prince, Outkast to Kendrick Lamar and it all makes sense. Are there occasionally overlong noodly guitar breaks? Of course there are, it's a live blues album. Do the nature of the restrictions of the genre sometimes make the songs sound a bit samey? Of course they do, it's a blues album! But there is a lot to say for a simple thing done well - sometimes a Victoria sponge is the treat you wanted. A great album - when the horns are allowed to fly free and the energy is high it's perfect, even if it does get a little samey at points. The high energy opener, Every Day I Have the Blues, and the Slinky, building closer, Help the Poor are highlights.
Powerful. You watch tv and there always seems to be that character that says "Listen to that guitar! listen to that pain and emotion!" and in the middle of a sitcom you kinda ignore that comment...but now that I've listened to this album I think I get it a bit more
Nobody since and to this day (besides Jimi Hendrix) has ever made their guitar cry in the way that the king of blues did all those years ago. A stellar live album, jam packed with hits and no misses, classic
Familiarity: 1/10 Notes: I was not familiar with BB King live prior to this recording. The energy and drive he had as a showman as well as a musicians combined, with a fantastic backing band, led to an enjoyable and fun 35min jazz journey. Would definitely like to find myself listening to more Favorite Tracks: - Sweet Little Angel - Worry, Worry - Woke Up This Morning True Rating: 7/10
Loved this. Blues is great but it’s made even better when it’s live. I could smell the cigarette smoke. BB’s banter was amazing.
Brilliant album and a fantastic atmosphere created by the audience too
I admit blues isn’t really my thing, but it was enjoyable regardless.
I liked it but there wasnt a lot I would come back for.
Great primer in blues. They're all bops.
Classic blues album and legendary performance
Fantastic! Prime bb king
Great album, not a single dud track.
I love it. I like blues music, and I like music from the 60s. And the live version of this was not nearly as annoying as live rock music.
Dope. I don't think I've ever listened to a Blues album before, but to start with the best was a treat. I hope to hear a lot more blues in the future.
Didn't think I would enjoy blues so much! Great background music
Incredible album with a live atmosphere
Pues una joyísima de álbum. A veces pienso que el blues suena a una mezcla de sensualidad y desesperanza, no sabría bien cómo explicarlo. Igual aquí suena a pura fiesta. Y qué chingón. Pistas favoritas: "How Blue Can You Get?", "Please Love Me" y "Help the Poor". 10/10
A great album! Just it!
There's a reason BB King is regarded as a preeminent blues musician
La frieguita que se ha de haber llevado quien remasterizó esto. Me encantó, complejo, pero comercial. Energía, ritmo, silencios, seducción. Voz legendaria.
The King of the Blues. At his sublime best. No misses here, only hits. Cracking recording considering its from 1964. One of the most captivating live recordings I've listened to in any genre. The mans was a force of nature, Powerful, passionate and perfect. 5/5
He is the king after all
awesome legend, played live even better
BB was rockin and rollin the night they recorded this album, and it comes through perfectly. He’s having fun and sounds spectacular. This is new to my “best live album” shortlist.
perfect. This is the best the Blues has ever been.
one of the best live blues albums, a hallmark of the genre
Wonderful! Love the extra live comments, the fun instrumentation, the classic lyrics. His voice is great too, Live at the regal feels like an obvious classic.
todas son joyitaaaas
Será de las mejores versiones del señor kKing? Probablemente si.
too short by half! i mean, it's bb king, live, in 1965. i could've listened to a LOT more of that. i mean...damn
Amazing album, briiiant guitar as expected but a special mention to bass player Leo Lauchie who is outstanding all the way through.
Amazing lol I've performance. B.B. truly was one of the all time greatest blues musicians.
Fantastic Blues Album. Lots of fun. Definitely listen if you are in the mood for some blues.
10/10 - BB is the GOAT that album fuckin’ delivers
Smooth blues classic. The added audience is a strong vibe and you get that B.B.King knew how to connect with people on stage
wow, early ska! Yeah, Blues is good.
Beautiful live album. Really enjoyed it
Classic, uncomplicated blues.
Ouvindo BB king sem parar
I have always been a big fan of B.B. King. His live albums are the best, studio albums seem too sterile for him... you have to be able to let Lucille out to play. It's strange, Spotify has a different track listing than on wikipedia or youtube. So I've listened to it a couple of times now. The difference between this and Fats Domino.... it seems so much rawer here. This is pure, unadulterated blues. This is where so many rock and rollers started. Or they should.
Great live blues album.
Enjoyed it. Not my usual genre but I like it enough as I am a fan of 90s & modern r’n’b. a fun album
Nice Surprise! Outstanding live
Genialny album, 35 minut po których nie da się nie lubić bluesa
BB King is the best, saw him live a few times and it's always amazing.
Now this is the blues!
I am familiar with B.B. KING and his twelfth or his first live album LIVE AT THE REGAL, which I have and like very much. After listening to LIVE AT THE REGAL, I still enjoyed this live performance, but the one major complaint that I have is that the songs are incomplete. They are shortened versions of the studio songs. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, B.B. KING’s LIVE AT THE REGAL Is the only album listed Rate Artist: B.B. KING (5.0) Rate Album (Year): LIVE AT THE REGAL (US 1965 Original) (5.0) Ranking of B.B. KING - LIVE AT THE REGAL songs No. Title Length Ranking Introduction By Pervis Spann, Disc Jockey 01. "Every Day I Have the Blues" 2:38 09.5/10 02. "Sweet Little Angel" 4:12 10.0/10 03. "It's My Own Fault" 3:29 10.0/10 04. "How Blue Can You Get" 3:44 09.5/10 05. "Please Love Me" 3:01 09.5/10 Introduction By E. Rodney Jones, Disc Jockey 06. "You Upset Me Baby" 2:22 10.0/10 07. "Worry, Worry" 6:24 09.5/10 08. "Woke Up This Mornin'" 1:45 09.0/10 09. "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now" 4:16 09.0/10 10. "Help the Poor" 2:58 10.0/10 US 1965 Original Release 96.0/100 = 9.60 / 2 = 4.80
A majestic live album. I adore the dialogue the segues into the songs, and his expertly placed guitar links. This guy had everything, the less-is-more thing, perfect phrasing and the sweetest note choice and tone. Blues = B.B. King.
How can I critique a 1965 BB King live concert other than I wish I was there. Recorded at the Regal Theatre in Chicago in late 1964. His backing band sounds very solid with piano, tenor saxes trumpets and a great rhythm section. My favorite songs here ("Sweet Little Angel", "Worry, Worry", "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now") start with his booming voice and incredible guitar and let the band build momentum to the song end. But every song sounds great. Really not a negative comment; it's BB King in his prime. The recording tries to capture the crowd's excitement and is successful to some extent. Other artists, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton. John Mayer and Mark Knopfler apparently have used this album as primers before performances. An album that I will gladly add to my collection when I come across it.
It’s BB King! Soooo good.
I love the blues
Absolutely incredible voice. Not usually a fan of live albums, but this is shaping up to be an exception.
Incredible voice, interaction with the public ina very good modd
classic, liked it blues, jazz, all kinds of music that i adore
Legendary album by a legend. Bit confused by some of the editing, but did this leave me blue? Hell no.
Awesome album. B.B. King has a great blues voice and his playing is excellent. This album starts with some killer versions of "Everyday I Have The Blues" and "Sweet Little Angel". And when I started listening to the album, my living room felt like a concert. B.B. plays well with the audience and has good showmanship. If I want to listen to some nice guitar blues album, in a live performance setting for extra atmosphere, I would choose this album.
100/100 i loved this. felt so much life and soul in it. his voice is amazing, and the guitar shredded. never heard it before so thanks for a new fav
The King of Blues live! Amazing, amazing live album.
Yes yes yes! Love this album. All the blues you’ll ever need.
Quel bon blues, cet album demontre toute letendu du talent de bb kimg et comment son oeuvre estintemporel. Tout le monde devrait ecouter cette album pour comprendre un peu mieux l’histoire de la usique. 5
Excellent recording, very powerful live performance by B.B. King and his band.
this is the greatest live album of all time. just perfect. i could listen to it any time for any reason and be happy.
Bb king is a legend. This is such a great album and it’s so benefitted from being recorded live. I haven’t listened to the blues in a while but this will always serve as an excellent reintroduction
cool! B B is perefect for evening! 5000\5
Unsurprisingly, this album slaps. If you've never listened to the blues before, B.B. is the place to start. Already quite familiar with this album and today reminded me I need to pick it up on vinyl. Favorite Tracks: How Blue Can You Get, Worry Worry, [Actually, you should just listen to them all. No skips.]
BB King é sensacional, ouvir um álbum ao vivo é sempre um experiência, tem que parar e ouvir prestando atenção. Gosto muito dos solos. Melhores músicas: Sweet Little Angel e Worry, Worry
Almost 60 years old, but you just get an immediate sense of BB King's power and what he was doing differently.
This is a lot of fun! The crowd was into it and I was into it! There was some good audience interaction which added to it all. Really great!
Oh, yes. I wouldn't have thought it would be so fun to listen to the blues but this was fun! Really great.
I really enjoyed this album. The energy was great and the band backing B.B. was awesome!
Does it make sense to joyously listen to the blues? Well I did. It's a rare and wonderful live album when you can feel the crowd around you as though you were there, because you're having the exact same reactions as the folks in the 1964 audience were having. I loved this one.
Excellent from front to back
Great classic blues, and excellent sound for a live album!
Excellent blues album. 5/5 Didn't expect B.B. King to be able to sing the way he does.
Love it! Honestly one of best live recordings I’ve ever heard!
Pure, electric, immidiate, direct
Very relaxing in some places, and in others giving energy, putting you in romantic mood
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The sign of a good song is when you're not ready for it to be over, and this album is full of them. Live At The Regal is not only an outstanding blues album, but it's also an exemplary live album. King is at the top of his game here, full of high energy and superb musicianship. The hollers and cheers of the crowd just add to the energy and joy of the performance. One of the best live albums I've heard on here yet. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Please Love Me; It's My Own Fault; How Blue Can You Get; Worry, Worry; You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now; You Upset Me Baby; Help the Poor; Sweet Little Angel; Every Day I Have the Blues
Love the shuffle grooves on the drums. And playing from the soul from one of blues music's best. I love it when musicians use their instruments as a way of saying something as opposed to trying to create something pleasant. That kind of playing is evident on this record. BB is saying something through his fingers.
no noteable tracks, but a good listen