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King Of The Blues: 1989 - B(lues) B(oy) (Riley) King


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King Of The Blues: 1989 (1988) - B(lues) B(oy) (Riley) King


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B(lues) B(oy) (Riley) King

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Album Tracklisting:
(You've Become A) Habit To Me
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:45
  Comments: Recorded and Mixed at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles. CA. Special thanks to The Village Recorder Staff, Dick LaPalm and Chuck Malone.
Drowning In The Sea Of Love
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:36
  Comments: Recorded in "The Slammer," North Hollywood, CA. Guru for Partners In Crime: Charles Collelo
Can't Get Enough
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:50
  Comments: Recorded and Mixed at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles. CA. Special thanks to The Village Recorder Staff, Dick LaPalm and Chuck Malone.
Standing On The Edge
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 5:19
  Comments: Recorded and Mixed at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles. CA. Special thanks to The Village Recorder Staff, Dick LaPalm and Chuck Malone.
Go On
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:50
  Comments: Recorded and Mixed at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles. CA. Special thanks to The Village Recorder Staff, Dick LaPalm and Chuck Malone.
Let's Straighten It Out
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 5:35
  Comments: Recorded in "The Slammer," North Hollywood, CA. Guru for Partners In Crime: Charles Collelo
Change In Your Lovin'
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:25
  Comments: Rhythm Tracks and Mixes at Waterfront Studios, N.J. Horns, Vocals and Strings at Media Sound, New York, N.Y.
Undercover Man
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 5:38
  Comments: Recorded and Mixed at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles. CA. Special thanks to The Village Recorder Staff, Dick LaPalm and Chuck Malone.
Lay Another Log On The Fire
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:00
  Comments: Recorded at Memphis Sound. Ardent Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound, AL. Remixed and Additional Production at Baby O Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Business With My Baby Tonight
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:35
  Comments: Rhythm Tracks and Mixes at Waterfront Studios, N.J. Horns, Vocals and Strings at Media Sound, New York, N.Y.

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CD Bonus Track:
Take Off Your Shoes
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 5:31
  Comments: Recorded at Memphis Sound. Ardent Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound, AL. Remixed and Additional Production at Baby O Studios, Hollywood, CA.
    Guest Appearances »

Ethel Abelson, Joe Amato, Tomasine Anderson, Alfa Anderson, Ann Barsk, Jewell Bass, Randy/Randal Brecker, Steve(n) (Lee) (The Colonel) Cropper, Ronnie/Ronald Cuber, Mick Fleetwood, Maura Giannini, Jim(my) Gilstrap, Marty Grebb, Ray Griffin, Catherine Henderson, Clayton Ivey, Al Kooper, Robert Magnuson, Joseph Malignaggi, Carmel Malignaggi, Chris Mancini, Lou Marini, Trade Martin, Luci Martin, Stevie Nicks, Anthony Posk, James Pugli, Liliana Pumpido, Bonnie Raitt, Alfredo Rios, (Little) Jimmy/James Robinson, Alan Rubin, Tom Scott, Michael Spriggs, The Muscle Shoals Horns, Michael Toles, Loralei Wehba, Carson Whitsett, Jerry (Lynn) Williams, Earnest Williamson

    Released »

1988-11-22

    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
John Fleskes (Engineer), Roosevelt Green (Engineer), Pete Green(e) (Engineer), Robert Jackson (Engineer), Joe Amato (Songwriter), Bettye Crutcher (Songwriter), Kenny/Kenneth Gamble (Songwriter), Leon Huff (Songwriter), Frederick Knight (Songwriter), Benny Latimore (Songwriter), Trade Martin (Songwriter), Jeff Rubin (Songwriter), Jerry (Lynn) Williams (Songwriter), Georgopoulos/Imada Design(, Inc.) (Design), Tom Beiner (Assistant Engineer), Charlie Brocco (Assistant Engineer), Chris Steinmetz (Assistant Engineer), Sidney A. Seidenberg (Executive Producer), Harrison Calloway (Horn Arrangement), Frederick Knight (Produced By), Al Kooper (Produced By), Trade Martin (Produced By), Jerry (Lynn) Williams (Produced By), Rick Delana (Engineered By), Chris Green (Engineered By), Richard (Fast Fingers) McIntosh (Engineered By), Sidney A. Seidenberg (Management), Courtney Branch (Remixed By), Tracy Kendrick (Remixed By), Trade Martin (Mixed By), Steve/Stephen Hall (Mastered By), Sheila Wolk (Artwork By), Jerry (Lynn) Williams (Drum Programming), Alonzo Miller (A&R Direction), Joseph Malignaggi (Concertmaster), Courtney Branch (Additional Production By), Tracy Kendrick (Additional Production By), Jerry (Lynn) Williams (Drum Machine Programming), Jimmy (James Christian) Hotz (Equipment Extraordinaire), Jimmy (James Christian) Hotz (Guitar Programming By), Doug Conroy (Rhythm Tracks (Recording)), Doug Conroy (Rhythm Mixes (Recording)), Roger Rhoads (Horns (Recording)), Roger Rhoads (Vocals (Recording)), Roger Rhoads (Strings (Recording)), Rodney Kelly (Computer Programming)

    Record Label »
MCA

    Catalogue Number »

MCA-42183 (LP) MCAC-42183 (Cassette) MCAD-42183 (CD)

    Running Time »

51:04

    Liner Notes »

Mastered at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood, CA.

Mick Fleetwood appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Stevie Nicks appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Tom Scott appears courtesy of GRP Records, Inc.

Manufactured in U.S.A. for/(C) (P) 1988 MCA Records, Inc.
70 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California - U.S.A.

WARNING: All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

AAD

Compact Disc Digital Audio

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4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0
Show biz style lacks improv but just good enough
Review written by John Fitzgerald, October 6th, 2004

By the late 80's B.B. King was well at home with MCA Records and this, along with Kings 1971 album "In London" do display the kind of "show biz" leanings (that Peter Green had referred to) that King was performing that Green was not big on (though he did admire King's earlier work) and Peter does admittedly have a good case when listening to such non improvisational affairs like these but there may be just enough goodness in "King of the blues 1989" specifically that can be squeezed out to enjoy a few good drops from anyways. Mick plays on the mid to up tempo "Undercover man" which has strong bass synth. Mick is impressively straightforward enough throughout the track but it doesn't sound as raw as I would've liked but I think this has more to do with this 80's production stylings than what Mick had done. The track is likable though another track he plays on is more preferable which is "Can't get enough". Mick is straight ahead (though machine sounding) again and this track has a good stroll feel and you can hear Stevie very well on the backing vocals on this track. As for the rest, "(You've become a) Habit to me" is a mid tempo song with slap bass and 80's keys, "Drowning in the sea of love" is a lightweight tune (though better than the opener) with unusual off beat rhythms, "Standing on the edge" is a better moment, with it's soulful stroll arrangement, "Go on" is a rocking catchy shuffle, "Lets straighten it out" is the closest to improvisation you'll get on the record as it starts out with a one minute solo from King's beloved guitar, Lucille though it then kicks in to what reminds me of a sort of shouting version of "Sexual healing" (though naturally, this track is lighter than the late Marvin Gaye's song). "Change in your lovin'" tries for hip light funk but seems dated sounding now. "Lay another log on the fire" is the most raw sounding song on the regular album with louder guitar and more horns but it's problem is that it tried to be another "The thrill is gone" and of course, though possible, it's highly doubtful that will even happen again. "Business with my baby tonight" is a stomp which ends the regular album but it's smooth keys water the tune down. The CD version of the album has an extra song which is a slow blues track called "Take off your shoes" which is the most raw track of all the ones mentioned here with it's stripped down arrangement featuring organ, horns & piano. Unfortunately this track is not as heartfelt as the ones on the regular album so it makes me wish that the tracks on the regular album were this stripped down as I think this may have made a difference overall. Still though, the Stevie & Mick tracks along with a few other high points along the way make this a nice King album though if you're just investigating King's work in general, I'm sure there are many other King albums that you should start with before getting around to this one. A final side note: although this album is titled "King of the blues 1989" it was in fact actually released circa Thanksgiving 1988 (I'm guessing they went with the 1989 tag due to King promoting it well in to the next year though who knows). I distinctly remember buying this album at the same time as Fleetwood Mac's 1988 "Greatest hits" album as they were released at the same time and I of course wanted to get the "Greatest hits" album as well as this the minute they became available which I do as often as I can with any album a past or present Mac member plays/sings on a recording.

    Comments »

Even though this album was released in 1988, the above listed is the correct album title.

    Last Modified »
2010-12-10
    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.