The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by B.B. KingB.B. King




In theory, the idea behind Geffen's 2005 compilation The Ultimate Collection seems sound: gather together 21 iconic tracks from the entirety of B.B. King's long career and present them on one handy disc. While there have been plenty of King comps throughout the years -- some great, some merely passable, but often all very good -- there has never been one that tries to distill it all onto one disc. For good reason: it's hard to do. The Ultimate Collection does about as well as any multi-decade, cross-label comp could, hitting the most obvious high points -- "Three O'Clock Blues," "You Upset Me Baby," "How Blue Can You Get?," live versions of "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "Sweet Little Angel" from the peerless Live at the Regal, the smooth early-'70s hits "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Ain't Nobody Home" -- and extending all the way till 1998. While there's no hiding the fact that there is a sharp drop-off in classic material after 1972, most of the disc (a full 14 songs) is devoted to the '50s through '70s, and it does paint a portrait of the arc of his career. So, for those listeners who want a basic selection of high points from B.B., this is a good choice, but for those neophytes who want to truly experience B.B.'s greatness, turn to Live at the Regal or a collection of early singles -- they might not cover as much territory, but they explain more about his legend than this well-intentioned set.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2005
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498266137
catalogNumber: 000385402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Johnny Ace   Piano
Dr. John   Keyboards
Carole King   Electric Piano
George Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Sample   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Roland Bautista   Rhythm Guitar
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar
Memphis Horns   Horn
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet
Jim Keltner   Drums
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Stanley Abernathy   Trumpet
Joshie Armstead   Background Vocals
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Johnny Board   Tenor Saxophone
James Bolden   Trumpet,Bandleader
Bono   Vocals
Henry Boozier   Trumpet
John Browning   Trumpet
Lawrence Burdine   Alto Saxophone
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Adam Clayton   Bass
Tony Coleman   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Pluma Davis   Trombone
Mike Doster   Bass
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Calep Emphrey   Drums
Wilton Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Fendley   Trombone
Earl Forest   Drums
Bobby Forte   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman   Drums
Steve Gadd   Drums
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone
Carl Hall   Background Vocals
Norman Harris   Guitar
Bill Harvey   Tenor Saxophone
Stix Hooper   Drums
Barney Hubert   Baritone Saxophone
Kim Hutchcroft   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Gerald Jemmott   Bass
Duke Jethro   Organ
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Leo Lauchie   Bass
Millard Lee   Piano
Andrew Love   Horn
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Rhythm Guitar
Willard McDaniel   Piano
Larry Mullen   Drums
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals
Jesse Sailes   Drums
Richard Sanders   Saxophone
Ken Sands   Trumpet
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Eli Tartarsky   Guitar
John Uribe   Guitar
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Leon Warren   Guitar
Larry Washington   Conga
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Keyboards
Earl Young   Drums
Tuff Green   Bass
Billy Duncan   Saxophone
Charlie Miller   Trumpet
Bumps Myers   Tenor Saxophone
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Organ,Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Crawford   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tim Carmon   Hammond Organ
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Vernon Slater   Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass
James Walker   Bass
Marshall York   Bass
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Ted Curry   Drums
Melvin Jackson   Saxophone
James Sells Tony   Keyboards
Hugh McCrackin   Guitar
Larry E. Williams   Saxophone
Paul "Blind Man" Harris   Keyboards
James Gadsen   Drums
Dennis Gutman   Saxophone
Steve Madail   Trumpet
Doctor Ragavoy   Piano
Carl Adams   Trumpet
Charles Brooks   Piano
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass
Charles Mann   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Crawford   Horn Arrangements
Joe Sample   Composer,Producer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Jim Price   Horn Arrangements
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Eric Clapton   Producer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer
Wilton Felder   Producer
Sid Feller   Producer
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
Stix Hooper   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Ron Jacobs   Remixing
Will Jennings   Composer
B.B. King   Composer,Producer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Ed Michel   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Sidney Seidenberg   Executive Producer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Joe Zagarino   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Johnny Pate   Producer
Dr. John   Composer
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis   Arranger
Vartan   Art Direction
Dave Crawford   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Waller   drum programming
Lou Zito   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Jules Bihari   Composer
Rick Darnell   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Dave Clark   Composer
Charles Mann   Composer

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