B.B. King - Live at The Regal (Great Live US 1965)

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Live at the Regal is a 1965 live album by blues guitarist and singer B.B. King. It was recorded on November 21, 1964 at the Regal Theater in Chicago. The album is widely heralded as one of the greatest blues albums ever recorded and is #141 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Despite its critical appreciation, B. B. King does not consider it among his best recordings. In 2005, Live at the Regal was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.

Some musicians, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Mark Knopfler, have acknowledged using this album as a primer before performances. [Wikipedia]

B.B. King is not only a timeless singer and guitarist, he's also a natural-born entertainer, and on Live at the Regal the listener is treated to an exhibition of all three of his talents. Over percolating horn hits and rolling shuffles, King treats an enthusiastic audience (at some points, they shriek after he delivers each line) to a collection of some of his greatest hits. The backing band is razor-sharp, picking up the leader's cues with almost telepathic accuracy. King's voice is rarely in this fine of form, shifting effortlessly between his falsetto and his regular range, hitting the microphone hard for gritty emphasis and backing off in moments of almost intimate tenderness. 

Nowhere is this more evident than at the climax of "How Blue Can You Get," where the Chicago venue threatens to explode at King's prompting. Of course, the master's guitar is all over this record, and his playing here is among the best in his long career. Displaying a jazz sensibility, King's lines are sophisticated without losing their grit. More than anything else, Live at the Regal is a textbook example of how to set up a live performance. Talking to the crowd, setting up the tunes with a vignette, King is the consummate entertainer. Live at the Regal is an absolutely necessary acquisition for fans of B.B. King or blues music in general. A high point, perhaps even the high point, for uptown blues. [AMG]

01. "Every Day I Have the Blues"   Memphis Slim 2:38 
02. "Sweet Little Angel"   Riley King, Jules Taub 4:12 
03. "It's My Own Fault"   King, Taub 3:29 
04. "How Blue Can You Get?"   Leonard Feather 3:44 
05. "Please Love Me"   King, Taub 3:01 
06. "You Upset Me Baby"   King, Taub 2:22 
07. "Worry, Worry"   Maxwell Davis, Taub 6:24 
08. "Woke Up This Morning (My Baby's Gone)"   King, Taub 1:45 
09. "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now"   Joe Josea, King 4:16 
10. "Help the Poor"   Charlie Singleton 2:58 

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