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Live at the Apollo

Live at the Apollo

by B.B. King B.B. King


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There are both good and bad points to this CD. Of the latter, the Phillip Morris "Super Band" is confined to background work with -- other than a few spots for Plas Johnson's tenor -- no soloists being heard from. As an ensemble, the all-star orchestra performs well, but is essentially anonymous. Also, despite the backing, B.B. King does not attempt to play jazz, a wasted opportunity. But, switching to the good points, Live at the Apollo is an excellent example of a strong B.B. King live performance. Somehow he always makes his combination of blues and familiar hits sound fresh. With a liberal amount of space set aside for his guitar solos, B.B. is in top form throughout the well-paced set, which is far superior to most of his overproduced studio sessions for MCA. Even if the big band is mostly irrelevant, this CD is recommended for B.B. King's singing and playing.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/1991
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105963725
catalogNumber: 9637
Rank: 95353


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  2. Sweet Sixteen
  3. The Thrill Is Gone
  4. Ain't Nobody's Business
  5. Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
  6. All over Again
  7. Night Life
  8. Since I Met You Baby
  9. Guess Who?
  10. Peace to the World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Robin Eubanks   Trombone
Urbie Green   Trombone
Gene Harris   Piano,Conductor
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Moore   Tenor Saxophone
James Morrison   Trumpet
Gary Smulyan   Tenor Saxophone
George Bohannon   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Jeff Clayton   Alto Saxophone
Glen Drews   Trumpet
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Harold Jones   Drums
Joe Mossello   Trumpet
George Bohanon   Trombone
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Jesse Belvin   Composer
U2   Composer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Josiah Gluck   Producer,Engineer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Carl Griffin   Producer,Engineer
B.B. King   Composer
John McClure   Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Graphic Design
Larry Mullen   Composer
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Sidney Seidenberg   Producer,Executive Producer
Andrew Whist   Liner Notes
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Art Direction
Gene Harris & the Philip Morris Superband   Contributor
Joe Josea   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
JoAnne Belvin   Composer
Scott Albert Johnson   Graphic Design

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