B.B. King – Blues On Top Of Blues (2019)

Posted by Green on July 11, 2019as

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This release presents a newly remastered reissue of one of the lesser-known albums by the King of the Blues: Blues on Top of Blues. This masterpiece doesn’t contain better known stuff, but is nevertheless a solid late ‘60s set. Featuring brassy arrangements by Johnny Pate (who also worked with many prominent Chicago soul acts during the ‘60s, such as Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Bland), it presents King’s sound at its best. Among the gems here are “Paying the Cost to Be the Boss”, “Heartbreaker”, and “Raining in My Heart”.

The album reached a peak position of #46 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

“This isn’t his most well-known stuff, but it’s a very solid late ’60s set. Featuring brassy arrangements by Johnny Pate (who also worked with many prominent Chicago soul acts during the ’60s), it presents King’s sound at its fullest without sacrificing any of his grit or sophisticated swing. No famous classics here, but the material is very strong throughout.” (Richie Unterberger, AMG)

B.B. Kin, lead vocals, guitar, piano
Johnny Pate Big Band:
Hobart Dotson, trumpet
John Browning, trumpet
Henry Boozier, trumpet
Pluma Davis, trombone
Lawrence Burdine, alto saxophone
Johnny Board, tenor saxophone
Barney Hubert, baritone saxophone
Duke Jethro, organ
Leo Lauchie, bass
Billy Butler, guitar
Sonny Freeman, drums

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