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50 Years Ago B.B. King's 'Indianola Mississippi Seeds' Retooled R&B

B.B. King's passion for bringing the blues to a wider audience is in full flower on the landmark album, Indianola Mississippi Seeds.

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Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Nine

The stars in season nine's American Idol were not the contestants -- but the judges.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Tell Me”

In this final installment of the Between the Grooves series dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf’s Rocking Chair album, George de Stefano states that Wolf's music is so compelling because it seems such a direct, unmediated expression of his singular personality.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - Goin’ Down Slow

"Goin' Down Slow" is a dramatic tour de force in three minutes and 18 seconds, standing as the most emotionally-shattering performance on Rocking Chair.

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B.B. King: Live in Africa '74

B.B. King IS the blues, and this concert irrevocably proves that fact.

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B.B. King: B.B. King and His Orchestra Live

King's incredible orchestra help create a wonderful recording on this 1983 set.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Blues

Twenty-two track compilation covers eight decades of blues music, from Mamie Smith to Ali Farke Touré, with mixed results.

Music

B.B. King: The Ultimate Collection

Regal in name and stature, the King of the Blues is paid tribute with the latest thumbnail sketch of his historic career.

Adam Williams
Music

B.B. King: Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums

This is prime B.B. King, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything better, either in his catalog or anywhere else in the blues.

Andrew Gilstrap
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Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

For director Antoine Fuqua, it was clear that the right place to start a concert imagining the history of the blues would start with a song from Africa.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

The sensational Buddy Guy is his own, allusive story, as he incarnates a bridge between generations and styles.

Cynthia Fuchs
Music

B.B. King: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King

In theory, it's about time a disc like this came out. Especially considering how many other blues legends have had their songs recompiled and reshuffled in endless combinations and permutations of compilations.

Peter Su
Music

B.B. King: Reflections

B.B. King wants to make the songs he covers here sound as lovely to the first-time listener as they sound to him, a soulful, perceptive listener who has known and loved these songs for many years.

Peter Su
Music

B.B. King: Anthology 1962-1998

B.B. King is, and from this vantage point it seems always has been, one who has crossed the line from "mere", though supremely talented entertainer, to National Treasure.

Ben Varkentine

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