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Riding With the King

B.B. King & Eric Clapton

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Superstar pairings are often better on paper than on CD, but Riding With the King mostly lives up to its big-name billing.The album is a combination of classic blues such as"Key to the Highway" and "Worried Life Blues," and contemporary R&B-flavored tunes, including a rollicking version of John Hiatt's title track and a muscular mid-tempo take on the Sam & Dave scorcher, "Hold On, I'm Coming." One unexpected pleasure is how wellKing and Clapton's voices work together. As one would expect, the album is packed with licks, but this is no formulaic cutting contest. Eric Clapton is tasteful and restrained, while B.B. King energetically delivers his signature sound. And to ensure that there's no shortage of guitar, King and Clapton are backed by able veterans Andy Fairweather-Low (also part of Clapton's regular band), Doyle Bramhall, and Jimmie Vaughan, and Joe Sample adds some fine keyboard work to the mix. In choosing a title for the album, Clapton may have graciously conceded the driver's seat to the elder bluesman, but the music is pure collaboration.

Customer Reviews

WOW ALBUM REVIEW

ARE YOU TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO NOT BUY THIS AMAZING ALBUM? WHY SUCH A NEGATIVE REVIEW? TOTALLY UNECESSARY. iT'S ALMOST AS IF YOU GOT SOMEONE WHO DOESNT LIKE EITHER BB KING OR ERIC CLAPTON TO DO THE REVIEW. GREAT ALBUM, TERRIBLE REVIEW.

Most have CD for Fans of Mr Clapton and the Real King (B.B. King that is)

I bought this CD when it came out and listened to it all the time - over my many moves and the years I lost the CD and it's good to own this album again! Ride on!!!

Two masters at work. Plain and simple.

Everyone always says "Clapton is God" and they're right. His simple phrasing in his slower jams is so awesome on this album and B.B. King and Eric are great on Riding. B.B. is always spot on and the two of them are perfect compliments to each other's styles. Don't try to pick and choose between songs, just buy the album, there's no stinkers on it anywhere.

Biography

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,...
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