Blues on the Bayou

Blues on the Bayou

by B.B. KingB.B. King


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Here's the B. B. King who moved mountains. After too many celeb-studded, laconic outings, this 1998 release is filled with his trademark, almost painfully eloquent guitar work on a gimmick-free selection of blues and ballads. His singing is on the money, too. With a voice as lustrous as old, well-polished wood, he imparts a melancholic defiance to the brilliant "Blues Man." His accompaniment is sparse and to the point, with James Sells Toney scoring high marks for his piano on the unhurried but insistent "Mean Ole' World" and organ on the churnin' "Bad Case of Love." Much of what B. B. sings here harkens back to classic material -- the ebullient "Shake It Up and Go" updates "Bottle Up and Go," a Tommy McLennan chestnut from the '40s -- but he puts the B. B. brand on this, and that makes this his best album in more than a decade.

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Release Date: 10/20/1998
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811187927
catalogNumber: 11879

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