The Anthology

The Anthology

by B.B. KingB.B. King

CD(German Import)

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MCA's double-disc set Anthology is a bit of a blessing, actually, a welcome entry to B.B. King's extensive catalog, since the last half of his career has not been anthologized often (it was most notably on the box set The King of Blues). Once King's career entered the '70s, he never lost his way, but his recordings became uneven. The situation didn't improve in the '80s or '90s, either -- he was always reliable, but the records could either be too slick or uninspired or just solid journeyman efforts. Anthology does a terrific job of consolidating the years between 1963 and 1998, his time at ABC and MCA, respectively. Smartly, the compilers lean heavily on the '60s and early-'70s material, with only a handful of tracks from 1980-1998. There are certainly some terrific tracks missing, but by concentrating on his great recordings of the mid-'60s, plus the work that just followed it, they wind up with not just a very enjoyable compilation, but one that's a testament to B.B.'s talents as a guitarist, vocalist, stylist, and showman. This, in conjunction with a compilation of early Flair recordings and Live at the Regal, provide a better history of the great bluesman's career than his box set.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/28/2007
Label: Deja Vu Italy
UPC: 0076119510419
catalogNumber: 41
Rank: 100721

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bobby "Blue" Bland   Vocals
Lloyd Glenn   Piano
Carole King   Electric Piano
Leon Russell   Piano,Conductor
Ringo Starr   Drums
U2   Background Vocals
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Gary Wright   Piano
Albert Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Bass
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Sample   Keyboards
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Earl Turbinton   Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Howard Johnson   Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Patrick Williams   Trumpet
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Clydie King   Choir, Chorus
Memphis Horns   Trumpet,Saxophone
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet,Electric Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Aarons   Trumpet
Stanley Abernathy   Trumpet
Rudy Aikels   Bass
Robert Anderson   Piano
Joshie Armstead   Background Vocals
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
James Bolden   Trumpet,Bandleader
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
John Browning   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Burton   Trombone
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Merry Clayton   Choir, Chorus
Adam Clayton   Bass
Tony Coleman   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Maxwell Davis   Organ,Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Quitman Dennis   Saxophone
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Brother Gene Dinwiddie   Saxophone
Mike Doster   Bass
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
Calep Emphrey   Drums
Wilton Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Feller   Conductor
Charles Fendley   Trombone
Venetta Fields   Choir, Chorus
Bobby Forte   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Wilbert Freeman   Bass
James Gadson   Drums
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone
William Green   Alto Saxophone
Ed Greene   Drums
Carl Hall   Background Vocals
Ralph Hamilton   Bass
Norman Harris   Guitar
Paul Harris   Organ,Piano
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano
Milton Hopkins   Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Duke Jethro   Organ
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer Bass
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Leo Lauchie   Bass
Trevor Lawrence   Saxophone
Ron Levy   Piano
Andrew Love   Horn
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bob Morin   Drums
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Owens   Piano
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Harold Potier   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Edward Rowe   Trumpet
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Louis Satterfield   Bass
David Spinozza   Guitar
John Starks   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Eli Tartarsky   Guitar
James Toney   Organ
Floyd Turnham   Baritone Saxophone
Louis Villery   Bass
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Leon Warren   Rhythm Guitar
Larry Washington   Conga
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Steve Watson   Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Keyboards
Earl Young   Drums
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Johnny Pate   Conductor
Dr. John   Guitar
Charles Miller   Trumpet
Dave Crawford   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Val Patillo   Bass
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Roland Batista   Rhythm Guitar
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
David "Leather Sax" Allen   Bass
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Hubert Barney   Baritone Saxophone
John Bernard   Keyboards
Charles Bowles   Organ,Piano
Jim Cook   Synthesizer
Lee Gatling   Saxophone
Johnny Jones   Guitar
Larry Williams   Saxophone
Doctor Ragavoy   Piano
Sherlie Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Carl Adams   Trumpet
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Charles Mann   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jesse Belvin   Composer
U2   Composer
Hank Crawford   Horn Arrangements
Leonard Feather   Composer
Joe Sample   Producer
Jim Price   Horn Arrangements
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Arranger
Esmond Edwards   Producer
Wilton Felder   Producer
Sid Feller   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
Ray Henderson   Composer
Stix Hooper   Composer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Ron Jacobs   Remixing
Will Jennings   Composer
J. Johnson   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Steve Levine   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Ed Michel   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Ira Newborn   Arranger,Producer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Aaron Walker   Composer
Dennis Walker   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Joe Zagarino   Producer
Johnny Pate   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dr. John   Composer
John Landis   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Dave Crawford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lou Zito   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
JoAnne Belvin   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer
Mark Humphrey   Liner Notes
Dave Clark   Composer
Grainger Hunt   Composer
Mark Johnson   Composer
Charles Mann   Composer

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