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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues People & Riley King
As has been noted, this is one of the essential albums, one of the records that everyone is supposed to have like John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, like Robert Johnson, like the music Billie Holiday made with Lester Young for Columbia, like Louis's Hot 5s and Hot 7s, like Elvis's Sun Sessions.
Beyond that, this is something that has become increasingly rare, a live...
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Tony Thomas
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best King...
I can appreciate this as a better-than-average live blues show, but I MUCH prefer Albert King's LIVE WIRE/BLUES POWER cd- that is a true 5-star experience. Live at the Regal features WAY too much vocals for my liking- if you want to hear classic guitar, check out the above-mentioned by Albert, the real king of blues GUITAR.
Published on Aug. 30 2001 by Kevin M. Vaillant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues People & Riley King,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)As has been noted, this is one of the essential albums, one of the records that everyone is supposed to have like John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, like Robert Johnson, like the music Billie Holiday made with Lester Young for Columbia, like Louis's Hot 5s and Hot 7s, like Elvis's Sun Sessions.
Beyond that, this is something that has become increasingly rare, a live blues recording where the music is played for blues people, African American working class and middle class blues people in an urban center. This all about singing and swinging and jiving and talking to the audience and the audience talking back.
When I was in Mississippi in the mid 1960s doing civil rights work, I met Blues People who loved BB King who didn't know that he played the guitar. The expression always was and still is 'BLUES SINGER," not blues guitarist. He sang the blues the way they needed to listen to and in a Blues People venue the folks will talk back to him too.
My favorite, classic moment of the blues dialog here is in "It's my own fault baby" where Riley sings "I gave you seven children, and now you want to give 'em back." All the sistas in the audience scream. Gruffer sounds came from the men.
What is essential to blues performance for BLUES PEOPLE is the constant dialog between the singer and the audience that is the heart of the native blues experience. The dialog isn't about the impeccable guitar playing on this record, or the totally righteous playing of the band, or even the fine voice of Riley B. King here, but it is about what the words the lyrics speak to the lives of the audience, and what the audience responds to the singer. That's the center of blues, not heavy guitar licks that the post-folk-post rock blues fan thinks is the essence of heavy blues.
It's a shame the audience for the blues has almost disappeared, that blues stars no longer play in big "Chitlin' Circuit" theaters like the Regal, the Apollo, the Howard, the old non hippie Fillmore, or that you can't see Riley or Bobby Blue Bland in smoky little night clubs in the ghetto.
Perhaps, I am showing my age here, because time has to roll on. I am sure that night at the Regal there was someone who could remember when the sistas and their men would be shouting back at things Bessie Smith, or Big Maceo and Tampa Read, Lonnie Johnson, or Memphis Minnie had sung to them from that same stage without the electric instruments.
The real Black blues when it was based among us, was about singing, about commentary. For even the greatest guitarists like Riley, Lonnie Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Johnny Lee Hooker, Guitar Slim, the guitar playing and the band were just ways to emphasize how the to talk to audience. This brings to mind that great Betty Carter Album, "The Audience and Betty Carter." This is the Blues People and Riley King talking to each other. That's priceless, get it, and listen to it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put, marvelous.,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)This cd is one of the all time great vlues albums, and I am thankful that it has been restored onto cd, for further generations of bleus fans. This is classic BB in fine voice, and playing jazz riffs on his guitar.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)B.B King's legacy is not just his guitar work; his vocals are incredible. This is arguably the best concert album ever recorded. The audience response is well-miked, and is critical to the appreciation of the album. If the final verse of "How Blue Can You Get?" doesn't send chills up your spine, you shouldn't be listening to the blues.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Blues Riff Ever Played,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)This record --- and BB King --- doesn't need me to enhance any reputation. Obviously this is one of the greatest blues reocrdings ever made. But I want to call attention to what I consider to be the single greatest blues riff ever played, or that ever WILL be played.
On this record, listen to the opening instrumental solo in "How Blue Can You Get" -- it goes on for a few minutes.
There is BB playing his heart-and-soul-swirling lead riffs; then a question and answer with sax run; followed by the play out and finally, his opening voice line ... Just get a load of the audience cheering as he finishes the lead sequence, and their utter rejoicing when he wrenches out his opening line.
Listen, and I think you'll agree, this just simply closes the door on ANYONE ever transcending a blues riff of such magnitude. It more profound an expression of "soul" than anything I have heard in 50 years of playing and listening to blues, as close to "getting religion" as one is going to get from any music.
I actually heard him do this song live (not at the Regal, but in Chicago) back in 1968. It still moves me every single time I heard it.
5.0 out of 5 stars good ole bb,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)THIS ALBUM KNOCKED ME OFF MY FEET.AT LAST A GREAT SOUNDING PERFORMANCE FROM A SUPER ERA IN THIS ORIGINAL BLUESMAN'S STORIED HISTORY.BB IS MAGICAL.YOU WON'T STOP LISTENING FOR AT LEAST AMONTH.
5.0 out of 5 stars The King and His Regal Blues,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)This is the greatest live recording I've heard from anyone. B.B. is cookin', Lucille sounds fantastic and the crowd is loud and proud. What else can a blues fan ask for ? This recording makes you wish you were in Chicago in 1964 at the RegaL so you could SEE what was a fantastic week of appearances by the King of Blues. In a word: WOW ! This a must own recording, as a matter of fact get 2 because you'll wear one out !
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning...,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)For some reason the blues always sounds better live -- and as live albums go, this one is stunning. It includes the MC's introduction and some of BB's crowd interaction -- and the crowd is very alive and responsive. It was a great gig, you can clearly tell! The set list is interesting too, with an upbeat blues ("Sweet Little Angel" - about a dream woman) complemented by a more down beat minor-key blues ("Its My Own Fault" - about a nightmare woman). Some of the lyrics have double meanings(for me anyway!) which is fun. If you only buy one BB King album, then it should be this one. A period piece that has stood the test of time (50 years so far!). BB rocks!
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Recording,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)Whether you love B.B. or you are just building your collection, this recording is essential.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Recording Is Essential,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)Great recordings are often overlooked. Amazon's Review section helps pinpoint spectacular recordings and I agree wholeheartedly with the Amazon.com Essential Recording and Grove Press Guide to CD, commentaries. My personal and private collection of music, really leans towards live recordings. Studio massaging can make anyone sound good, even after the 50th take. This is the real deal. BB King's blues organization hit the Regal, with all the power and spirit of a locomotive. The horn section, alone -deserves credit here. BB's comments to the audience, shows the man himself. King commented about his stuttering lispe in his biography, and how he tried to correct it in later years. In this recording we can hear the artist stammer away-full of emotion, without any reserve. The nerves of the artist are raw, yet the sound which comes forth is pure music and self expression. Listening to Sweet Little Angel and It's My Own Fault-takes the listener back in time, to when the Thrill was Not Gone. His Guitar is like a gospel choir flirting with a brothel. Praying and cursing, as Santana, once said about guitar solos- with great feeling. Not just-doe, rae, me, fa, so, la, te, doe or a cold, major scale.
BB's superb vocals-on this magical nite, inspired rhythm section, relaxed ad libs, ignited an audience in 1964, and we are fortunate to have it on CD. Another recording on CD, "Completely Well", with bassist Jerry Jermott, a studio recording, is at the same level of virtuosity- showing BB King's power and energy. The man is a treasure and this recording-has everything going for it-for critical musician listening as well as those who simply appreciate heart felt- blues, jazz, vocal or soul, music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You for Lovin' The Blues,
This review is from: Live At The Regal (Audio CD)One of the best of B. B. King recorded live at thr Regal in 1964. Lucille (his guitar) is at an all time high. All you need to do is compare this recording to later ones to hear the difference of crystal crear blues riffs. Live at San Quentin is another classic but to hear the roots of the King this is a must for the collection.
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