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Anthology 1962-1998
King, B. B., performer.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : MCA Records : Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, [2000]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
MCA Records: 088 112 410-2 (088 112 411-2--088 112 412-2).


Previously released material.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Mark Humphrey ([28] p. : ill.) inserted in container.
How blue can you get? -- Sneakin' around -- Help the poor -- Stop leadin' me on -- Never trust a woman -- Every day I have the blues (live at The Regal) -- Sweet little angel (live at The Regal) -- All over again -- Don't answer the door -- Gambler's blues -- Sweet sixteen, parts one & two -- Paying the cost to be the boss -- Lucille -- Why I sing the blues -- Please accept my love -- The thrill is gone -- Nobody loves me but my mother -- Hummingbird -- Chains and things -- Ain't nobody home -- Ghetto woman -- I got some help I don't need (single edit) -- Guess who -- To know you is to love you -- I like to live the love -- Let the good times roll -- Never make your move too soon -- Better not look down -- There must be a better world somewhere -- Into the night -- When love comes to town (7" version) (with U2) -- Call it stormy Monday (complete version) (with Albert Collins) -- Playing with my friends (with Robert Cray) -- I'll survive.
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MCA's double-disc set Anthology is a bit of a blessing, actually, a welcome entry to B.B. King's extensive catalog, since the last half of his career has not been anthologized often (it was most notably on the box set The King of Blues). Once King's career entered the '70s, he never lost his way, but his recordings became uneven. The situation didn't improve in the '80s or '90s, either -- he was always reliable, but the records could either be too slick or uninspired or just solid journeyman efforts. Anthology does a terrific job of consolidating the years between 1963 and 1998, his time at ABC and MCA, respectively. Smartly, the compilers lean heavily on the '60s and early-'70s material, with only a handful of tracks from 1980-1998. There are certainly some terrific tracks missing, but by concentrating on his great recordings of the mid-'60s, plus the work that just followed it, they wind up with not just a very enjoyable compilation, but one that's a testament to B.B.'s talents as a guitarist, vocalist, stylist, and showman. This, in conjunction with a compilation of early Flair recordings and Live at the Regal, provide a better history of the great bluesman's career than his box set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine