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Album Review

On this release, King comes close to equaling his past triumphs on small independent labels in the '50s and '60s. He's ditched the psuedo-hip production fodder and cut a 12-song set matching him with blues peers. His duets with Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Albert Collins are especially worthy, while the songs with Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, and Irma Thomas have some good-natured banter and exchanges, as well as tasty vocals. The master gives willing pupils Joe Louis Walker and Robert Cray valuable lessons on their collaborations. There's also a medley in which King invokes the spirit of his chitlin circuit days, taking the vocal spotlight while his Orchestra roars along underneath.

Customer Reviews

Greatest. Song. Ever. (seriously!)

While the partial collection here is nice and all the songs stand up well, it's the pairing of B.B. with John Lee Hooker that really stands out. As someone who loves all types of music (all flavors of rock, blues, jazz, country, etc.) I can honestly say that "You Shook Me" is one of the greatest tracks I've ever heard; it's the real deal and simply amazing. Download it quick! You won't be sorry.

BB King Blues Summit

I have been listening to this album for years. I love all the different artists included and can't think of one song that I disliked. I heard from artists that were new to me and I really like this album for that reason. I have been introduced to artists that I had heard many times but now I know their names too. Lucky Peterson comes to mind. However, I have most of these artists in their own albums but it is really nice to be able to put on one album and hear all these great artists at the same time. I recommend this album for those reasons. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because there may be some songs others do not like. This kind of album always takes that risk but this is the best collection I can think of on one CD and I personally liked them all.


I am so glad iTunes finally has BB Kings Blues Summit available for purchase. This is the album that got me hooked on Blues. The only thing of note though is songs 7 thru 12 are miss labeled. 7 should be Stormy Monday by BB & Albert Collins and so forth...


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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