Live at the Regal

Live at the Regal

by B.B. King


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One of the hottest and most influential blues albums of all time, Live At The Regal finds B. B. King, the most visible and commercially successful blues artist the world has known, at the absolute top of his game. That's saying something, because over the years King has recorded many amazing albums, and even a few live sets, that are nearly the equal of this one. But one of the elements that makes Live At The Regal so special the fact that in 1964, King's career was somewhat in eclipse, thanks to the dominance of rock 'n' roll and the inroads made by early soul music. Who had time for the blues anymore? Well, the audience at the Regal did, and their explosive enthusiasm spurred King and his big band on to a performance that is thunder and lightning in a bottle. King's passionate singing on the medley "Sweet Little Angel/It's My Own Fault/How Blue Can You Get" and his extraordinary falsetto on "Worry, Worry" are the very essence of the blues, from low-down to ecstatic. And his guitar playing, using his trademark ringing, vocal-like phrasing, is economical, but each solo somehow throws a knockout punch. When it was first released, Live At The Regal was seen as something of a comeback album for King, but now it seems more like one of the peaks -- perhaps the highest one -- in a career that has seen many of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/1997
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811164621
catalogNumber: 11646
Rank: 19551

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Saxophone
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Bobby Forte   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Barney Hubert   Saxophone
Duke Jethro   Piano
Leo Lauchie   Bass,Electric Bass
Millard Lee   Piano
Ken Sands   Trumpet
Mayall York   Bass

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Memphis Slim   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Pluma Davis   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Rick Ward   Liner Notes
Johnny Pate   Producer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Geary Chansley   Reissue Photo Research
Meire Murakami   Reissue Design
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Pervis Spann   Introduction
Johnny Page   Producer

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Live at the Regal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
If you like listening to a good blues album you are going to love this one. The Regal was not a huge club and this was recorded (in 1964) before B.B. King became the world wide superstar he was soon to become, so the audience is clearly heard and fully involved (in the BEST possible way). This is a case where the artist and the audience are feeding off each other and the emotions churn and bubble and the album reflects the full boil that comes about that night. This is not only one of the best live albums of all time but ought to be counted among the best albums ever made in any category.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago