B.B. King Makin' Love Is Good for You
Record Collector (magazine): 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]elf-penned songs such as 'She's My Baby' are pure signature King; the solos are fluid, the delivery is gutsy."
- Released: January 24, 2011
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Superbird
Rolling Stone - 7/20/00, p.1364 stars out of 5 - "...A good way to catch King in his own element - with his hardy road band...spinning a living blues from the motley soul of electric black Chicago, urban doo-wop, New Orleans funk and swamp rock..."
JazzTimes - 10/00, p.72"...Showcases BB with his relentlessly touring band in an eclectic program of slow blues, ballads, infectious, organ-fueled shuffles...and upbeat funk..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.924 stars out of 5 -- "[S]elf-penned songs such as 'She's My Baby' are pure signature King; the solos are fluid, the delivery is gutsy."
- 1.I Got to Leave This Woman
- 2.Sine I Fell for You
- 3.I Know
- 4.Peace of Mind
- 5.Monday Woman
- 6.Ain't Nobody Like My Baby
- 7.Makin' Love Is Good for You
- 8.Don't Go No Further
- 9.Actions Speak Louder Than Words
- 10.What You Bet
- 11.You're on Top
- 12.Too Good to You Baby
- 13.I'm in the Wrong Business
- 14.She's My Baby
- 15.It's Still Called the Blues
Personnel: B.B. King (guitar); Leon Warren, John Porter (guitar); Joe Sublett (tenor saxophone); Walter R. King, Melvin Jackson (saxophone); James Bolden, Stanley Abernathy, Darrell Leonard (trumpet); James Toney, Tommy Eyre (keyboards); Michael Doster (bass); Calep Emphrey Jr. (drums); Tony Braunagel (percussion).
Recorded at Dockside Studio, Maurice, Louisiana.
Personnel: B.B. King (guitar); Leon Warren, John Porter (guitar); Walter King, Melvin Jackson (saxophone); Joe Sublett (tenor saxophone); Stanley Abernathy, Darrell Leonard, James Boldon (trumpet); James Toney, Tommy Eyre (keyboards); Caleb Emphrey, Jr. (drums); Tony Braunagel (percussion).
Audio Mixer: John Porter.
Liner Note Author: Malcolm Dome.
Recording information: Dockside Studio, Maurice, LA.
Photographers: Michael Wilson ; Kevin Westenberg.
B.B. King was one of few remaining blues elder statesmen still touring and recording new material at the beginning of the new millennium. Between his 200-plus annual gigs, King found enough time to hit Louisiana and lay down 14 solid blues tracks. Picking up where he left off with his fine 1998 album BLUES ON THE BAYOU, the guitarist played it smart by returning to the studio accompanied only by his touring band of over a decade, eschewing the slew of superstar guests who had bogged down previous releases.
Overflowing with plenty of his trademark crackling licks and soulful vocals, King re-recorded new versions of some old nuggets, including "Peace Of Mind" and "You're On Top," in addition to writing new numbers like the up-tempo "Action Speaks Louder Than Words," and the simmering "She's My Baby." The blues legend also shows off his range via a wide array of covers by artists including Tony Joe White (Makin' Love Is Good For You), Lenny Welch ("Since I Fell For You"), Barbara George ("I Know"), and Willie Dixon ("Don't Go No Farther").
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