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Editors’ Notes

If Blues on the Bayou’s title doesn’t convince you that this is the album you want, consider this: Among the 15 tracks that fill its hour-plus playing time are “Blues Boy’s Tune,” “Blues Man,” “Blues We Like” and “Blues in ‘G.’” In the 51st year of his recording career when the world’s most famous blues guitarist came to this 1998 disc, he wasn’t about to make major alterations to his style. (But that's not why you’re here, surely.) And still, as it happens, King does throw a few happy curves on this casual, immensely well-played set. “Broken Promise” is taken at an almost lounge-ready pace, it seems — until you notice that the artist is nearly screaming his lyrics. “Mean Ole’ World” is done as an uptown-Saturday-night bounce rather than at its usual downtrodden tempo. And “I’ll Survive” is as close as it comes these days to true post-World War II blues smoothness. Even at cruising speed, B.B. King remains connected to the source.

Customer Reviews

fun!!! my first bb king, and i love it.

My friend brought this over to my house one day. We downloaded it to my itunes and its great! the guitar is great, so is the keyboard, and bass. my favorite song is "bad case of love". buy it now!

Josh Ambrose says it best^

A certain website rated this 3/5. I dunno what the standards are, as this was recommended to me by a connoisseur as the best latter day B.B.

Classic B.B.

I bought this album back in '98 after listening to 30 seconds of Blues Boys Tune. I have gone back to this album time and time again. It never disappoints.


Born: September 16, 1925 in Indianola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century. His bent notes and staccato picking style influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice -- capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric -- provided a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was...
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