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King of the Blues

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King of the Blues

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
B.B. King
Producers:
MCA
genre:
Blues

We gave it an A

In an era when dweebs like Chicago can get royal boxed-set treatment, this near-perfect collection of four CDs represents everything these boxes are supposed to deliver: The best work of a legendary artist, respectfully distilled into one lengthy, joyous listening experience. Now 67, prolific blues guitarist B.B. King has cut scads of singles and albums — some classic, some not. King of the Blues offers everything you’d ever want to hear and ditches the dross. So you get his first single, 1949’s ”Miss Martha King,” highlights of his ’50s recordings for the RPM and Kent labels, standards like ”Lucille” and ”The Thrill Is Gone” — and even his 1987 collaboration with U2, ”When Love Comes to Town.” Now completist King fans won’t have to spill extra bucks to buy Rattle and Hum and hear U2’s Bonehead squeal, ”Play the blues, Edge.” Absolutely first-rate. A