B.B. King ‎– The Best Of

MCA Records ‎– MCAD-31040
CD, Album, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered

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1 Hummingbird
Arranged By [Strings and Horns] – Jimmie HaskellBass – Bryan GarofaloDrums – Russ KunkelEngineer – Gary KellgrenGuitar – Joe WalshGuitar, Vocals – B.B. KingPiano, Conductor – Leon RussellProducer, Engineer – Bill SzymczykVocals – Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Sherlie Matthews, Venetta FieldsWritten By – Leon Russell
2 Cook County Jail Introduction 0:37
3 How Blue Can You Get
Alto Saxophone – Booker WalkerBass – Wilbert FreemanDrums – Sonny FreemanGuitar, Vocals – B.B. KingPiano – Ron LevyProducer – Bill SzymczykTenor Saxophone – Louis HubertTrumpet – John BrowningWritten By – Jane Feather, Leonard Feather
4 Caldonia
Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet – Bill PerkinsBass – Klaus VoormannDrums – Jim GordonElectric Piano – Rick Wright (4)Engineer – Baker Bigsby, Joe ZagarinoGuitar, Vocals – B.B. KingHarmonica – Duster BennettOrgan – Gary WrightProducer – Ed Michel, Joe ZagarinoTenor Saxophone – Bobby KeysTrombone – Chuck FindleyTrumpet – Jim Price, Ollie MitchellWritten By – F. Moore
5 Sweet Sixteen
Alto Saxophone – Earl Turbinton Jr.*Bass – Wilbert FreemanDrums – Sonny FreemanEngineer – Baker Bigsby, Phil Schiler*Guitar – Mel BrownGuitar, Vocals – B.B. KingPiano – Ron LevyProducer – Ed MichelTenor Saxophone – Louis HubertTrombone – Joe Burton*Trumpet – John BrowningWritten By – B.B. King, Joe Josea
6 Ain't Nobody Home
Arranged By [Horns] – Jim PriceDrums – Jim KeltnerEngineer – Joe ZagarinoGuitar – David Spinozza, John UribeGuitar, Vocals – B.B. KingOrgan – Gary WrightPiano – Jerry RagovoyProducer – Ed Michel, Joe ZagarinoSaxophone – Bobby KeysTrumpet, Trombone – Jim PriceVocals – Carl Hall, Joshie Armstead*, Tasha ThomasWritten By – Jerry Ragovoy
7 Why I Sing the Blues
Bass – Gerald Jemmont*Drums – Herbie LovelleEngineer – Joe ZagarinoGuitar – Hugh McCrackenGuitar, Vocals – B.B. KingPiano – Paul Harris (2)Producer, Remix – Bill SzymczykWritten By – B.B. King, Dave Clark (8)
8 The Thrill is Gone
Arranged By [Strings] – Bert DeCoteauxBass – Gerald Jemmont*Bass Guitar, Vocals – B.B. KingDrums – Herbie LovelleEngineer – Bill Szymczyk, Joe ZagarinoPiano, Electric Guitar – Paul Harris (2)Producer, Sound Designer – Bill SzymczykWritten By – R. Hawkins*
9 Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
Engineer – Zee MuffcoPiano, Vocals – B.B. KingProducer – Bill SzymczykWritten By – B.B. King

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This album was assembled and remastered at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles. Throughout, the tracks were recorded and mixed to have their most profound effect at maximum volume. (P) 1972 / 1973 by MCA Records Inc.

Leon Russell appears with love from Shelter Records.
Merry Clayton appears courtesy of Ode Records Inc..

Track 1 recorded at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, May and June 1970.
Track 3 recorded at performance at Cook County Jail, Chicago, Ill., September, 10, 1970. Location recording by Location Recorders, Inc.
Track 4 recorded at Olympic Studios, London, and The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, June, 1971. At the request of a participating artist, this is a shortened version of the master originally released.
Track 5 recorded March, 22, 1971, at The Record Plant, Los Angeles.
Track 6 recorded at Command Studios, London and The Hit Factory, New York, June, 1971.
Track 7 recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, 1969.
Track 8 recorded at performance at Cook County Jail, Chicago, lll, September, 10, 1970.
Track 9 recorded at The Record Plant, Los Angeles.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7673-11040-2 7
  • Label Code: MCAD-31040
  • Matrix / Runout: MCAD31040 A60112Nb MFG BY UNI
  • SPARS Code: AAD

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ABC 176 B.B. King The Best Of B.B. King(LP, Comp) ABC-Paramount ABC 176 US 1973 Sell This Version
PROLP.8035 B.B. King The Best Of B.B. King(LP, Comp) Probe PROLP.8035 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
SPBA-3054 B.B. King The Best Of(LP, Comp) Probe SPBA-3054 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
ABCX-767 B.B. King The Best Of B.B. King(LP, Comp, Qua) ABC Records ABCX-767 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
ABCL 5026 B.B. King The Best Of B. B. King(LP, Comp, RE) ABC Records ABCL 5026 UK 1974 Sell This Version