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Greatest Hits [MCA]

Greatest Hits [MCA]

by B.B. King B.B. King
Greatest Hits [MCA]

Greatest Hits [MCA]

by B.B. King B.B. King


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There's more than one B.B. King best-of out on the racks, but this 1998 issue, Greatest Hits [MCA], updates his chart achievements and puts them together in a modern, 16-track package for both the novice and casual modern blues listener. Kicking off with a pair of tunes from the influential Live at the Regal album ("Sweet Little Angel," "Everyday I Have the Blues"), the set moves through mid- to late-'60s breakthrough hits like "How Blue Can You Get?," "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss," "Why I Sing the Blues," "Don't Answer the Door," and his signature tune, "The Thrill Is Gone." The pop-blues fusions King experimented with in the '70s and '80s show up on "To Know You Is to Love You," "I Like to Live the Love," and "Hummingbird." The modern-day end of things is represented by duets with Robert Cray on "Playin' with My Friends," and rock group U2 on "When Love Comes to Town." Although missing all of his early-'50s hits, this is a good buy for the casual fan coming to his music for the first time, and for longtime aficionados looking for a quick-fix update.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1998
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811174620
catalogNumber: 11746
Rank: 41289


  1. Every Day I Have the Blues
  2. Sweet Little Angel
  3. How Blue Can You Get?
  4. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
  5. Don't Answer The Door
  6. Why I Sing the Blues
  7. The Thrill Is Gone
  8. I Like To Live The Love
  9. Hummingbird
  10. To Know You Is to Love You
  11. Chains and Things
  12. Better Not Look Down
  13. Never Make a Move Too Soon
  14. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
  15. Playin' With My Friends
  16. When Love Comes to Town

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Carole King   Electric Piano
Leon Russell   Piano,Conductor
U2   Track Performer
Joe Walsh   Rhythm Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Clydie King   Vocals
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
John Browning   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Alto Saxophone
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass
Richard Cousins   Bass
Maxwell Davis   Conductor
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Quitman Dennis   Saxophone
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass
Charles Fendley   Trombone
Venetta Fields   Vocals
Bobby Forte   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
James Gadson   Drums
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Norman Harris   Guitar
Paul Harris   Piano
Stix Hooper   Drums
Barney Hubert   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Duke Jethro   Organ,Piano
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Larry Mullen   Drums
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Dean Parks   Guitar
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals
Larry Washington   Conga
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Keyboards
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Adams   Trumpet
Jim Pugh   Keyboards
Charles Mann   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Memphis Slim   Composer
Dr. John   Contributor
Carole King   Contributor
Leon Russell   Contributor
Joe Walsh   Contributor
Hank Crawford   Arranger
Crusaders   Contributor
Leonard Feather   Composer
Joe Sample   Producer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Arranger
Wilton Felder   Producer
Sid Feller   Producer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Stix Hooper   Composer,Producer
Ron Jacobs   Remixing
Will Jennings   Composer
J. Johnson   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Dennis Walker   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Contributor
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Producer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Dave Crawford   Composer
Lou Zito   Producer
Jane Feather   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer
Charles Mann   Composer

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