INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
This collector’s release includes B.B. King’s all-instrumental 1962 LP Easy Listening Blues, which marks King’s tenth budget-priced album. The album title is a bit misleading, considering that King, who might be smooth and urbane in some respects, rarely recorded music that could be categorized as “easy listening.” Although this material is lesser known than the bulk of King’s popular repertoire, it is in no way inferior. The blues giant imbues each number with a spectrum of moods, ranging from a subdued quality (“Blues for Me” and “Walkin’”) to highly charged intensity (“Rambler” and “Shoutin’ the Blues”). King also plays here with his usual authority, making occasional nods toward the rock & roll twist craze on cutslike “Night Long” and “Hully Gully.”
B.B. KING, electric guitar, plus:
Maxwell Davis (organ), Ralph Hamilton (bass),
Lloyd Glenn (piano), Jesse Sailes (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, 1962.
“TALKIN’ THE BLUES”: B.B. King (electric guitar), with The Maxwell
Davis Orchestra. Featuring Maxwell Davis (ts), Jewell L. Grant (as),
Floyd Turnham (bs), Jack “Vernon” Porter (tp), probably
Red Callender or Ralph Hamilton (b), Willard McDaniel (p),
Jesse Sailes or Jesse Price (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, 1955.
“3 O’CLOCK STOMP”: B.B. King (e-g), with The Maxwell Davis Orchestra.
Featuring Maxwell Davis (ts), William Green, Jewell Grant (as),
Floyd Turnham (bs), Bobby Forte (tp), Ralph Hamilton (b),
Lloyd Glenn (p), and Jesse Sailes (d).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, 1961.
01 EASY LISTENING BLUES
02 BLUES FOR ME
03 NIGHT LONG
05 DON’T TOUCH
06 TALKIN’ THE BLUES
01 SLOW WALK
03 HULLY GULLY TWIST
04 SHOUTIN’ THE BLUES
06 3 O’CLOCK STOMP *
* BONUS TRACKS