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Album Review

The double-disc collection How Blue Can You Get: Classic Live 1964-94 covers 30 years of B.B. King's remarkably popular and groundbreaking career, picking out choice live performances from a variety of sources. King has always been acknowledged as one of the most electrifing blues guitarists, as well as one of the best all-around entertainers that the genre has to offer, so it stands to reason that the compilation is filled with terrific music. And it certainly is — from his astonishing performance at the Regal to recent performances in Japan, B.B. shines throughout the set. Despite all of the fine music this has to offer, it doesn't capture the spark of one of his live shows, where he interacts brilliantly with the audience; you still have to pick up Live At the Regal to experience that. Even though How Blue Can You Get lacks the kinetic energy of a live concert, there's enough prime material to make it an essential addition to any B.B. King fan's library.

Customer Reviews

Ain't Nobody's Business, Baby

I haven't heard the whole album but I did download Ain't Nobody's Business (if anyone knows which show that recording is from please tell me). I have to say it is the most powerful recording of that song I have ever heard. If you're hesitant to spend 20 dollars on this album, at least cough up a dollar for this one song. Absolutely incredible.


I cannot believe only one other person wrote a review for this album! This is the some of the best live blues I have ever heard! Although it's not all good, buy songs #1,2,5,7,8,9,11,12,17,20, and of course AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS featuring the late, great Miss Ruth Brown!


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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