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B.B. King – Ladies & Gentlemen… Mr. B.B. King (10 CD box set FLAC)

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B.B. King - Ladies & Gentlemen... Mr. B.B. King (10 CD box set FLAC)

B.B. King – Ladies & Gentlemen… Mr. B.B. King (10 CD box set FLAC)

Artist: B.B. King
Release/Reissue: 2012
Catalogue: 0600753384992
Genre: Blues

Album: Disc One: Three O’Clock Blues (1949-1956)

01. Miss Martha King
02. When Your Baby Packs Up And Goes
03. Got The Blues
04. Take A Swing With Me
05. B.B. Boogie
06. Don’t You Want A Man Like Me
07. Fine Looking Woman
08. She’s Dynamite
09. Three O’Clock Blues
10. That Ain’t The Way To Do It
11. You Know I Love You
12. Woke Up This Morning
13. Please Love Me
14. Blind Love
15. The Woman I Love
16. Whole Lotta’ Love
17. Everyday I Have The Blues
18. Love You Baby (a/k/a Take A Swing With Me)
19. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer
20. You Upset Me Baby
21. Sneakin’ Around
22. Shut Your Mouth
23. Boogie Rock
24. Ten Long Years
25. Crying Won’t Help You
26. Bad Luck
27. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles

Album: Disc Two: Rock Me Baby (1957-1962)

01. Sweet Little Angel
02. Early In The Morning
03. (I’m Gonna) Quit My Baby
04. On My Word Of Honor
05. Days Of Old
06. Recession Blues
07. Please Accept My Love
08. Everyday I Have The Blues
09. Precious Lord
10. Sweet Sixteen, Parts 1 & 2
11. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
12. I’ll Survive
13. (I’ve) Got A Right To Love My Baby
14. It’s My Own Fault
15. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
16. Walking Dr. Bill
17. Catfish Blues (Fishin’ After Me)
18. Partin’ Time
19. You’re Breaking My Heart
20. Rock Me Baby
21. Blue Shadows
22. The Jungle
23. That Evil Child

Album: Disc Tree: How Blue Can You Get? (1962-1966)

01. You Ask Me
02. I’m Gonna Sit In ‘Til You Give In
03. Blues At Midnight
04. My Baby’s Coming Home
05. Chains Of Love
06. Sneakin’ Around
07. Slowly Losing My Mind
08. How Blue Can You Get?
09. Whole Lotta Lovin’
10. I Wonder Why
11. Please Accept My Love
12. Help The Poor
13. Never Trust A Woman
14. Worryin’ Blues
15. Stop Leadin’ Me On
16. Everyday I Have The Blues (Live)
17. Sweet Little Angel (Live)
18. It’s My Own Fault (Live)
19. How Blue Can You Get? (Live)
20. Please Love Me (Live)
21. Tired Of Your Jive
22. All Over Again
23. I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water
24. Cherry Red
25. You’re Still A Square
26. Don’t Answer The Door, Parts 1 & 2
27. Waitin’ On You
28. Night Life

Album: Disc Four: Why I Sing The Blues (1967-1969)

01. Gambler’s Blues (Live)
02. Buzz Me (Live)
03. Sweet Sixteen, Parts 1 & 2 (Live)
04. Think It Over
05. I Done Got Wise
06. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
07. I’m Gonna Do What They Do To Me
08. Dance With Me
09. Lucille
10. Watch Yourself
11. You Put It On Me
12. Messy But Good
13. Get Myself Somebody
14. My Mood
15. I Want You So Bad (Live)
16. Get Off My Back Woman
17. Why I Sing The Blues

Album: Disc Five: The Thrill Is Gone (1969-1971)

01. The Thrill Is Gone
02. Confessin’ The Blues
03. So Excited
04. No Good
05. Go Underground
06. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
07. Chains And Things
08. Ask Me No Questions
09. Hummingbird
10. Everyday I Have The Blues
11. How Blue Can You Get? (Live)
12. Worry, Worry (Live)
13. Sweet Sixteen (Live)
14. Eyesight To The Blind (Live)
15. Niji Baby (Live)
16. The Thrill Is Gone (Live)

Album: Disc Six: Lucille Talks Back (1971-1977)

01. I Got Some Help I Don’t Need
02. Blue Shadows
03. Ghetto Woman
04. Ain’t Nobody Home
05. Guess Who
06. Five Long Years
07. I Like To Live The Love
08. To Know You Is To Love You
09. Philadelphia
10. 3 O’Clock Blues (Live)
11. Lucille Talks Back
12. Reconsider Baby
13. Don’t Make Me Pay For His Mistakes
14. Let The Good Times Roll (Live)
15. Don’t You Lie To Me
16. Mother Fuyer
17. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh

Album: Disc Seven: When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around) (1978-1983)

01. When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around)
02. Hold On (I Feel Our Love Is Changing)
03. Never Make Your Move Too Soon
04. Better Not Look Down
05. Happy Birthday Blues
06. I’ve Always Been Lonely
07. Caldonia (Live)
08. I Got Some Help I Don’t Need (Live)
09. Life Ain’t Nothing But A Party
10. The Victim
11. There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
12. Nightlife / Please Send Me Someone To Love
13. Inflation Blues
14. Sell My Monkey
15. Darlin’ You Know I Love You
16. Make Love To Me

Album: Disc Eight: When Love Comes To Town (1985-1993)

01. Into The Night
02. Six Silver Strings
03. When Love Comes To Town (featuring U2)
04. Standing On The Edge Of Love
05. Lay Another Log On The Fire
06. Take Off Your Shoes
07. Nobody Love Me But My Mother (Live)
08. Right Place, Wrong Time
09. All Over Again (Live)
10. I’m Moving On
11. Back In L.A.
12. Fool Me Once
13. There Is Always One More Time
14. Monday Morning Blues (Blues For Mr.G)
15. Since I Met You Baby (Live)

Album: Disc Nine: Blues Man (1993-1999)

01. Playin’ With My Friends
02. There’s Something On Your Mind
03. I Gotta Move Out Of This Neighborhood / Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
04. You Don’t Know Me
05. Stormy Monday Blues
06. Rock Me Baby (Live)
07. Confessin’ The Blues
08. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
09. Blues Man
10. Bad Case Of Love
11. Blues Boys Tune
12. I’ll Survive
13. Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
14. I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town
15. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman
16. Caldonia

Album: Disc Ten: Key To The Highway (2000-2008)

01. Ten Long Years (with Eric Clapton)
02. 2 Key To The Highway (with Eric Clapton)
03. I Got To Leave This Woman
04. Monday Woman
05. Don’t Go No Farther
06. You’re On Top
07. Back Door Santa
08. Exactly Like You
09. Sinner’s Prayer (with Ray Charles)
10. Early In The Morning (with Van Morrison)
11. Rock This House (with Elton John)
12. You Have A Way
13. Everybody Loves You
14. Key To The Highway (Live)
15. Midnight Blues
16. Get These Blues Off Me
17. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
18. Waiting For Your Call
19. Haunted House

Universal’s 2012 box set Ladies & Gentlemen…Mr. B.B. King is hardly the first B.B. King box set — MCA assembled a similar four-disc set called King of the Blues in 1992, Ace had a tremendous four-CD box called The Vintage Years in 2002 that covered his pre-ABC/Paramount recordings (apparently every ten years it’s time for a new B.B. box) — but it certainly is the most ambitious, arriving in two separate career-spanning incarnations. The first is a relatively concise four-disc set, the second is a lavish ten-disc expansion available exclusively through Amazon. Those listeners who aren’t so dedicated will certainly opt for the smaller set, which does a good job of outlining the arc of his entire career even if it arguably rushes through the first act a tad too quickly in an attempt to sample from all phases of his career evenly. That means there’s a slight emphasis on amiable latter-day duets over his ripping early Modern sides, a shift that underscores King’s gracious regality over his early work as a trailblazer. Nevertheless, this four-disc set is filled with great music and does convey his legacy quite well, even if the expensive and limited ten-disc set does a better job of getting into the nitty gritty of that legacy. Naturally, the extended set has plenty of room to roam, spending the first two discs on his pre-ABC recordings then going through each of his albums for ABC/Paramount/MCA, finding space for rare single versions along the way. The arc of the big box mirrors that of the smaller box, with “The Thrill Is Gone” popping up almost exactly at the midpoint, but the greater detail does offer a richer experience, one that captures much of King’s enormous influence and legacy.