Sunday, January 03, 2016

HERE’S ONE THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT . . .

A great new B. B. King CD on Ace “from the RPM and Kent vaults” featuring lots of previously unheard and/or unreissued alternate takes, re-records, etc. Don’t be put off by that, though. This is top drawer material recorded for Modern between the mid-1950s and the early 1960s, compiled and annotated by King expert Dick Shurman. And we’re here to tell you it’s really terrific, B’s wonderful gospel-inflected vocals and inimitable guitar fills and solos, all backed by solid and inventive horn and rhythm sections. Take this first cut, an alternate version of “Catfish Blues,” a perfect first track for this collection. . . .


B. B. King • Catfish Blues AKA Fishin’ After Me • 1961



2 comments:

  1. What a smashing start to the album, Frank! If the rest of it is anything like the first track, it would definitely be worth having. I enjoy hearing the studio patter, too.

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    1. Yep, it's a good'un. Love the first track, with the riffing horns, and the several fade outs and returns (and hardly any B. B. guitar). The whole CD, after two through listens anyway, is just great. Well worth owning. . . .

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