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Live At The Regal

B.B. King

1965

Live At The Regal

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.67

Votes

5459

Genres

  • Blues
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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

best live album of all time

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

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.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

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.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

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.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Great album love the crowd interaction. Sent me on a blues rabbit hole.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

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"

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Sun May 23 2021
4

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.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Brilliant album and a fantastic atmosphere created by the audience too

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

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.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

I liked it but there wasnt a lot I would come back for.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Great primer in blues. They're all bops.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Classic blues album and legendary performance

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Good times

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Yeah

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Love

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Fantastic! Prime bb king

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album, not a single dud track.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Fucking great

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Fantastic performance

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

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.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

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.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Didn't think I would enjoy blues so much! Great background music

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Incredible album with a live atmosphere

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

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

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Mon May 31 2021
5

A great album! Just it!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

There's a reason BB King is regarded as a preeminent blues musician

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

La frieguita que se ha de haber llevado quien remasterizó esto. Me encantó, complejo, pero comercial. Energía, ritmo, silencios, seducción. Voz legendaria.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

He is the king after all

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Sun May 23 2021
5

awesome legend, played live even better

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Душевненько

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

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.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Awesome! Wishlist

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

perfect. This is the best the Blues has ever been.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

one of the best live blues albums, a hallmark of the genre

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

todas son joyitaaaas

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Será de las mejores versiones del señor kKing? Probablemente si.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

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

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Amazing album, briiiant guitar as expected but a special mention to bass player Leo Lauchie who is outstanding all the way through.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

Amazing lol I've performance. B.B. truly was one of the all time greatest blues musicians.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Incredible!

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Секс

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Fantastic Blues Album. Lots of fun. Definitely listen if you are in the mood for some blues.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

10/10 - BB is the GOAT that album fuckin’ delivers

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

wow, early ska! Yeah, Blues is good.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

nice jazz

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Beautiful live album. Really enjoyed it

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Classic, uncomplicated blues.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

Ouvindo BB king sem parar

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

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.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Great live blues album.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

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

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Nice Surprise! Outstanding live

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Genialny album, 35 minut po których nie da się nie lubić bluesa

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

10/10

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

BB King is the best, saw him live a few times and it's always amazing.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Now this is the blues!

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

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

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

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.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

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.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

It’s BB King! Soooo good.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

I love the blues

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Absolutely incredible voice. Not usually a fan of live albums, but this is shaping up to be an exception.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Cd

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Incredible voice, interaction with the public ina very good modd

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

classic, liked it blues, jazz, all kinds of music that i adore

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

Legendary album by a legend. Bit confused by some of the editing, but did this leave me blue? Hell no.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

9/10. Blues!

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Fri May 13 2022
5

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.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

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

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Tue May 17 2022
5

The King of Blues live! Amazing, amazing live album.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Yes yes yes! Love this album. All the blues you’ll ever need.

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Tue May 31 2022
5

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

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

this is the greatest live album of all time. just perfect. i could listen to it any time for any reason and be happy.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

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

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

cool! B B is perefect for evening! 5000\5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
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.]

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

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

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Almost 60 years old, but you just get an immediate sense of BB King's power and what he was doing differently.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

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!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Oh, yes. I wouldn't have thought it would be so fun to listen to the blues but this was fun! Really great.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

I really enjoyed this album. The energy was great and the band backing B.B. was awesome!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Excellent from front to back

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Great classic blues, and excellent sound for a live album!

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Excellent blues album. 5/5 Didn't expect B.B. King to be able to sing the way he does.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Love it! Honestly one of best live recordings I’ve ever heard!

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Pure, electric, immidiate, direct

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Very relaxing in some places, and in others giving energy, putting you in romantic mood

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

lucila la cachonda

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

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

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

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.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

no noteable tracks, but a good listen

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Fantastic blues album. The fact that it is live adds to the recording. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke and whiskey. The cheers of the crowd, and the fantastic blues guitar playing make this an amazing listen!! Favourite songs : it's my own fault, how blue can you get?, sweet little angel Least favourite: worry, worry (if forced to pick one) Easy 5/5

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Loved it!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Great performance

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

THE KING OF THE BLUES! This is a certified classic, its as amazing as an old blues album can be. The swagger of King, the instruments/production, and the banter between songs makes for such an amazing listen. I don’t normally listen to blues but this album might convert me into a mega fan.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

I would have started levitating if I attended this show. Favorite track: How Blue Can You Get?

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Superb

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

I mean - this is great! I'm not even a blues man, but this entire album is a great time, beginning to end.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

This is the album to show anyone who thinks the Blues might be a bit pedestrian and formulaic. Perfect interplay of instruments and wow those BB vocals. Loved it

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Most excellent.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

One of my very BB King albums and favorite blues albums of all time.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

B.B. King did not choose his last name, but it sure as hell chose him. His live performance is a masterclass in showmanship. His musicianship is absolutely unassailable and not a single note is misplaced. King's guitar playing stands above the rest for its precision and the sheer amount of emotionality in every line. When B.B. King is playing, the audience hangs on every phrase. We are lucky that this album was put to tape.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Not my favorite kind of tunes but what an amazing night! So glad to be a part of this and get to feel the energy of 1965. Thanks BB and band!

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Oj, omöjligt att inte bli sugen på en rökig blues-bar i New Orleans eller Chicago när man hör detta!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

king of blues!

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

Standout Tracks: How Blue Can You Get?, You Upset Me Baby, Help The Poor

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Sun Nov 01 2020
4

I don't love live albums. Cheering, little stories told to keep the crowd interested while instrumental changes are made, background noises - these are things I don't care to listen to when I put on some music at home or in the car. This album is one of the worst offenders from that standpoint. People whistle and cheer throughout. At one point early on, B.B. laughs at a comment somebody makes, so the crowd spends the next 2-3 songs making pithy comments after every sung line, trying to get some acknowledgement. Makes me want to tear my hair out. At the same time, I get why, if he's only going to get one entry on this list (?!), it would be a live album. The guy played 250+ shows a year for decades. The musicianship is off the charts (of course), and it feels like an honor to spend a little over half an hour with the King. I just wish it were under better circumstances. Best track: Please Love Me (because it has the least crowd noise)

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Kongen af blues, lækker elektrisk guitar, live-optræden

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Mon May 17 2021
4

vilken känsla han har på gitarren alltså. det låter så bra.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Excellent album. Captation d’époque.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Love it <3

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Sat May 08 2021
4

This is so rockin.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Very good. I'm not a big fan of live albums, but this one is very good. The King is amazing, as usual.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

fkn bbking yo

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

A classic!

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

false

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Classic blues.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

This is indeed the blues.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Gillade verkligen! Kan vara i brist på konserter under corona, men verkligen härligt med inspelad livekonsert. Mycket bra blues. Kommer lyssna fler ggr.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I think listening to Dad listen to BB King my whole life lead me to believe I didn't really like it. This album was good and not how I remember King sounding. Lots of horns, it mostly didn't feel like the guitar was the focal point, and I think it being a live album improved the collection.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

A line that stuck with me is I love the way you do

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Party groves

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

What a great album, had such a nice vibe being love and loved his stories and crowd play. Worry worry is such a great song.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

How Blue Can You Get Felt like one continuous experience. Quintessential Blues. Lively, soulful, but blues

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Amazing live album! Did they take any breaks??

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Fun. Not as peaceful as I would have liked.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

+ Every Day I Have the Blues

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Excellent live blues from the master. 4 stars.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Real nice, lots of good energy.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I already know I'm going to enjoy this. B.B. King is a legend.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Great!

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Very fun album. It’s great to hear live concerts from years ago especially since we can’t go to any now

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Really like this album. I wish I was a bigger fan of the blues, but this is pretty solid.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Super enjoyable album, front to back.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Black

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Bien. Un 4

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Really nice!!!

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

OMG talk about crowd particpation! The sequence of songs from 2-4 is amazing. His playing, his banter, his howls and of course, the perfectly timed screaming women in the crowd. After that, it's a bit disjunctive: he get's introduced again (maybe second set?) and the R&B-ish track sounds like it got pasted in from another performance. Still loved it!

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Yeh boy. Good fun album.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Amazing sounds

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

good vibes. an intense soulfulness with just enough of a live rowdy crowd as a pleasant spice

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Great blues, great band.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Magic. B.B. and Lucille - what a pair!

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

fun! made it through without looking at the clock more than once or twice. he's the og.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Schönes gefühlvolles Bluesalbum. Um es mit Annes Worten zu sagen: das würde ich gern mal mit den Ohren der 60er hören. Dass B.B. King so viele Musiker*innen inspiriert hat, finde ich musikgeschichtlich sehr spannend.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Klassische Blues Musik kriegt mich immer! Ich wünsche mich in einen vollen, stickigen und verrauchten Keller Club, nippe am Bier und der Fuß wippt mit.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

it's a serve omg exactly what i love very soulful and bluesy the fact that its live purr

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Great live album! B.B. King is amazing!

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Wed May 26 2021
4

I really love 12 bar blues, it's easily my favourite genre, but I don't like the big Chicago sound: saxophone, horns, piano and intrusive American crowds screaming at every little word. When he actually gets round to playing the guitar rather than playing the audience, he's pretty good. B.B.has produced some sublime moments, but not many of them are on display here. This is just cheesy showbiz. The thrill may be gone but it still beats the Pet Shop Boys hands down.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Super good. The energy from the live show comes through really well too.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

The album starts out upbeat. I enjoyed B.B. King's performance style. He almost has a conversation with the audience as he talks in between songs. The album slides from one track into the next, linked by B.B.'s narration. I recognized one track, "How Blue Can You Get", because it was sampled for the song "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand" by Primitive Radio Gods (1996). I'm pretty sure I've never heard the original song before. The rest of the album was 100% new to me. There are a couple tracks that I'd have a hard time listening to with my daughters in the room, because of the way B.B. talks about his ideal woman. Nothing crazy, but I would never sing along to those lyrics. Overall I liked the music and the performances. The album is borderline between a 3 and 4. I could see myself listening to the album again at least once, so that makes it a 4.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Album molto piacevole, pazzesco uso della voce, arrangiamenti molto belli

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

This live album was pretty good, I enjoyed it. Can definitely see why it is considered to be one of the best blues albums ever recorded. 4.5/5 stars.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I’m not usually a Blues guy but this B.B. King album may have won me over. His guitar work and vocal performance is just fantastic! All the more impressive that this is a live album. My favorite track is “How Blue Can You Get?”

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Thu May 06 2021
4

I enjoyed it.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Excellent live blues album, sensational band, excited crowd and bb king being charismatic and good at guitar. Jazzy and 60s cool. Good for a dinner party 4/5

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Excellent blues

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Tue May 25 2021
4

BB King does live up to the name. The beginning felt like a real concert experience.Some of the songs were catchy, but overall a lot of it was relying on a lot of the same blues riffs and got a bit repetitive.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Jethro was originally scheduled to play the organ, but after his organ broke, King instructed Jethro to play the piano.[11] When Jethro said he did not know how to play the piano, King replied "Well, just sit there and pretend that's what you do most of the time anyway."

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Great atmosphere. Not a big blues guitar fan The band cooks I like the way the music doesn't stop even between songs. The banter between songs can get a little tiresome His singing on Worry Worry is amazing. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now...might be my favourite. A good listen just not something I would return to 3.75 stars (out of 5)

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

4/5 Classic bluesy BB King album.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Classic live album. Love BB King

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Lots of fun interplay with the crowd. Great recording too.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Solid live album, classic blues elements with a polished sound

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

yeah this guys cool

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

When I first heard BB King I was disappointed. He just sat in half circle with his band and played a very slow-paced show. It was much later in his life though. It took me years to listen tp him again. Hearing these live shows from the 60s is what made me appreciate him for his greatness.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Brilliant. Being live adds so much energy to it.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Ya like Jazz?

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Very solid live performance for sure. Maybe not as tight as I'd like it, but pretty solid for a live show. Dude's one of the greats for sure.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Captures the energy of the live performance and the impeccable playing.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

4 of 1,001. Not bad, definitely feel I'd like it more with more listens.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

How blue can you get? Pretty blue, with the song that asks that question. That's a magical recording: Almost fifty-seven years old, it captures the crash of the band with King's voice somehow - magically - leading. The followup number is rock of the old and fine school. Then we get some artifacts, acknowledgement of the physical limitations of the live album. This is a slightly sly take on music, with its emotional directness measured. That clarifies the blues as a transparent form, one that the musicians all have their chance to play in. I want to be at the show more than I want to hear the album again.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

What a man. Never been the biggest fan of the blues, but there's something I really love about it, and whatever that is, this man has it. 4/5

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

One of the best blues musicians of the history. Love the way he plays guitar and do with the public.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Not really a huge blues fan, but fantastic album. Sounds were great, BB had so much passion in his music.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

standard blues

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Bon mood pour le matin

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Captures what an incredible live blues musician BB King was. Great set.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Awesome, almost unfair that someone could be such a good singer AND guitarist. Every day I have the blues, worry worry worry, and woke up this morning were the best songs

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Great jazzy album. Classic.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Love his voice and his playing and I enjoyed this, but I think I get a lot more out of seeing video of him play than listening to a recording. Hearing the recording is still really good, but not the same as seeing him. I can only imagine what it was like to actually be there when he played.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

The Blues are a hit or miss thing for me. When it’s done right it’s awesome music and takes you along with it in a cathartic way. When it’s not it is just boring and monotonous. B.B. King can certainly do the blues right! I can totally see why this is a primer for other blues musicians to listen to before they go out and play their own version of the blues.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

I love live music. I hate recordings of live music. Still, this was pretty good. The sound quality is junky but BB and his band's energy is great. His storytelling to go from one song to the next was cool. The transition from the two sides was weird, with BB King being introduced again (to much less fanfare) on the first song of side two - they took a break and came back? It lost some of the energy from the first set. Still he ain't the King of the blues for nothing. Great voice, great guitar playing (his band is good too), great stage presence.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Classic and fun, a little bit misogynist.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

great voice, would definitely recommend

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

7/10

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

If you're into blues, well, this is where it's at. Pretty classic.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

This one was cool! I was impressed with the remaster. Worry Worry was a bit victim-blamey, so I’m taking off a point for that.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

yes

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Look no further than this album to understand exactly why B.B. King's is synonymous with the blues. I'm not what you would call a big fan of the blues (just between us girls, I sort of hate the blues - maybe hate is too strong of a word, but it's certainly not one of my go-to genre's), but I absolutely love this album. B.B. King had the misfortune of appearing in the bad Blues Brothers movie, which almost feels like a make-good for not having him in the original 1980 classic. Other than that, my familiarity with the legend was limited to a duet he did with U2 and a sample of his "I've been downhearted baby" line on a song from the 1996 movie "The Cable Guy" by a one-hit wonder of a band called the Primitive Radio God's called, I kid you not, "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand". Oh the '90's! Plus I seem to recall that prick Eric Clapton trying to associate himself with King whenever it suited his purpose. I apologize to B. B. King. He deserved better from me. I'll make up to him by enjoying this album some more and taking a deeper dive into his catalog. I'll probably never go all in on the blues, but I'll forever be on board with B. B. King. What an absolute joy of an album.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Superb clear recording. Very listenable and accessible album. Powerful and charming vocal delivery and band leadership. BB never really seemed to vocally or musically change between 60s and 90s! Great guitar playing as always and a terrific sounding band notable piano and brass.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I feel like I should be drinking and dancing while listening to this. Really enjoyed it, even if its not usually the music I'd choose to listen to.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Not what I normally listen to, but it is pretty good stuff. I tend to avoid live performance stuff, would rather just have the music, but not sure if this is an option for this album. That being said, I still enjoyed it!

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