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Album : B.B. King – Live In Cook County Jail

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CB had an acquaintance, an Italian guy who was the worlds biggest BB King fan. In his early teens he was quietly digging BB’s music. I asked him what the deal was and he just said “He’s the best”. So that was good enough for me. I wanted to see and hear the attraction so this was the album I got.

After the best intro in live concert history ‘Beloved Sheriff Woods” (Hilarious)  BB takes the stage and gets down to business. This was definitely a new direction for CB but It didn’t take long to see what the deal was. I loved King’s playing. A short snippet of ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’ and then into ‘How Blue Can You Get’ and King lays down some licks that CB absolutely dug. I was coming from  some pretty good guitar players in my music, Clapton, Beck, Green, Page .. but there was something about King’s sound that was a little different. Stripped down and clean but still with a sting to it. Pure blues I guess. The kicker is after the guitar which would have been good enough he lets go with some great vocals. The guy had the perfect combination. Loved this tune and it was live. King and his band were a new experience and it was fantastic. “I gave you a brand new Ford but you said I want a Cadillac”. It sounded like King experienced what he was singing about. I liked his attitude. Some nice backing from the band on this one.  The last cut on side one ‘Worry, Worry, Worry’ opens up with that guitar of his. Straight up blues. Like I said I had tastes of this from the guys I mentioned above but this was something special. Same style as the previous cut. BB comes in with some cool vocals and a little rap. CB was sold on BB King after side one.

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BB opens side two with a medley. He picks up from where he left off on side one. Then he goes into ‘Sweet 16’. King lays down some nice licks. Man was I getting used to his style fast. ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ is just a fantastic song. Slow sexy blues sung with emotion. BB is feeling this one. He lets it come out first with his vocal then his guitar. The band gives the right support.  BB ends with  ‘Please Accept My Love’. CB felt like he was at the show.

This was CB’s intro into BB King and his music. I wasn’t hearing this music on the radio that’s for sure. Liked the whole package but his guitar playing was something else. I was already exploring and digging deeper into blues music and this record was just whetting the appetite even more. A spring board into more artists in the similar vein.

Great cover and liner notes, had to have it just for that.. If you like guitar blues, this does the trick. When it was all said and done this was a great addition to my record pile. So I will be eternally grateful to that 14 year old BB King veteran that turned me on to this music. This record was cut in a shit hole jail in one day. Man that is so cool!

(Listen to the cut below to hear what Babyhead first heard. Fantastic! Game changer)

 

 

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27 comments on “Album : B.B. King – Live In Cook County Jail

  1. Sarca
    June 3, 2018

    BB King has Sarca’s heart. Forever.

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  2. Heavy Metal Overload
    June 3, 2018

    I’ve not heard much BB at all but this one stood out for me. Used to listen to it a lot when I worked in the Borders music dept. Great album.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 3, 2018

      This really is a “great album” for so many reasons. His playing and singing knocked me out. Subsequent albums were good but this is my go to.
      “Borders music dept”. That sounds interesting. Sitting at some border crossing in North Dakota not letting in bad music?

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      • Heavy Metal Overload
        June 3, 2018

        Pretty much haha! The one I kept hearing good things about was Live at The Regal (or something like that). I tried it but it just wasn’t the same… I might need to buy this now actually!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 3, 2018

        I was lucky with this one because this Italian guy was kind of sly about this album, like it was a secret he was letting me in on. Maybe it was because it was my first exposure but I’d like to think it’s because the music is really good. This is the BB album I always reach for.

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  3. J.
    June 3, 2018

    I don’t know this one at all. Not in the slightest. In fact, I only know a handful of BB King things. That’s shocking, really. I’m gonna delve into this one next!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 3, 2018

      Just listen to the tune i posted. That pretty much sums it up for me.

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      • J.
        June 4, 2018

        Yup. Wonderful stuff. It’s so tough to find stuff these days that had the guts that all this stuff has. Heart and soul again, man… and not afraid to throw their hurt around.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 4, 2018

        They learned their chops playing in every shit hole joint in Ontario. The places were rough. They had to be good.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 4, 2018

        Like the Band and even tougher. BB did not have it easy. He earned every chop he he ever played and every buck.

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  4. Vinyl Connection
    June 3, 2018

    Don’t have this one (just an excerpt on a 4CD box set of BB) but I’d snap it up if I saw it in the wild. And as you say, great cover art!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 4, 2018

      It was one of the cool covers of the time and a fave of mine. BB was feeling it. My first listen and look at the man. 4CD box set. Lots of listening. You have varying tastes. A good thing. I’ll check in on the open later.

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  5. Jim S.
    June 4, 2018

    My guitar-pickin’ buddy Bill went to see the Stones way back when. Opening for them was a guy named B.B. King. He’d never heard of him. Blown away, he went to the record store next day and bought everything by B.B he could lay his hands on. I called him up recently and told him I thought B.B was the consummate bluesman. He agreed in a heartbeat. Every guitarist copied his phrasing, nobody can copy his singing and he is the ultimate showman. The real deal. I plan on posting about “Regal” some day. You should take up the harp. CB is a bullet-proof blues name if ever there was one. (Although I suspect those may be initials for your real name which I bet is something like Chauncey Brown. Or Bourque.)

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 4, 2018

      He just sounds so good on this. It has stayed with me ll these years. ‘Regal’ is a good one. Being n x man I knew you would like his playing. I went on a King binge back in the day. Freddy and Albert also.

      Clarence “Gatemouth’ Babyhead.

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  6. christiansmusicmusings
    June 4, 2018

    I mean, who can argue with this, if you like the blues, how can you not love B.B. King? He is It. I always loved his sparing way to play.

    There are some guitarists who while they have great technique simply never pause. One of the best examples is Eddie Van Halen. There’s no question the guy is an ace guitarist. But after a while, I just find it too overwhelming to listen to him running up and down the neck like a maniac. I suppose he didn’t listen much to B.B. King, or if he did, it didn’t sink in!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 4, 2018

      Yeah BB is very economical and it works. Peter Green must have been a disciple because i hear so much BB in his playing. Also the other British guys from the same era. Drinking from the same well.
      Sometimes i like listening to the Eddie style but I think I prefer this. The old less is more school.

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  7. greenpete58
    June 4, 2018

    A blues favorite of mine. Yes, that intro is a classic. Great sleeve design. And the music is prime BB King. Thanks, C.B.

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  8. 1537
    June 7, 2018

    Nice one. I need this.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 7, 2018

      The music delivers and lives up to the cover. You need this for all those reasons. Plus being a music historian, 1537 always give a nod to the pioneers.

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  9. Thom Hickey
    June 10, 2018

    Excellent CB. Really like the term Game Changer in this context. Regards Thom

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 10, 2018

      Thanks Thom. This album was getting me closer to the source. I loved all the Brit stuff I was listening to, Cream, Mac, Zeppelin, Beck etc. But hearing this album I found out what they were listening to. Green especially.

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