Tuesday, February 21, 2017

B. B. King 1971 Live In Japan

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 01:16:44
Size: 175,57 MB

United States


Recorded at Tokyo's Sankei Hall during a 7:00 p.m. show on March 4 and a 2:00 a.m. "Midnight Jam" on March 7, B. B. and band are obviously revealing in the Japanese's rapturous response to their music. There is a raucous joyousness in this recording that is utterly contagious. The fact that the group is playing new material (for them) like Leon Russell's "Hummingbird" (from the "Indianola Mississippi Seeds" album and the only live B. B. recording of the tune) and is captured in a series of rare recorded jams ("Hikari 88" is the bullet train the band took from Nagoya to Tokyo) probably has something to do with the feeling of exuberance that permeates this disc. But when comparing this live show to the acknowledged classic "Cook County" one taped less than 6 months before with essentially the same band, it's quite clear that, not surprisingly, the Japanese experience added a decidedly different edge to this well-oiled blues machine, making this initial release outside of Japan of this live recording long-overdue and highly valuable, even compared to the numerous great live albums by The King Of The Blues already available.

Perhaps the best way to describe the special feeling on this set is that it reflects the joy of discovery - by the artist and band of an audience and by the audience of great music and a great musician. B. B. did eight shows for Japanese audiences during the tour and another nine at U. S. Army bases. The audiences' response was uniformly remarkable, with a hundred or so fans rushing onto the stage to dance during an afternoon show in Osaka, and B. B. generally being treated like visiting royalty.


01 - Every Day I Have The Blues 02:10

02 - How Blue Can You Get 05:18

03 - Eyesight To The Blind 04:04

04 - Niji Baby 06:28

05 - You're Still My Woman 05:57

06 - Chains And Things 05:42

07 - Sweet Sixteen 06:01

08 - Hummingbird 04:09

09 - Darlin' You Know I Love You 04:26

10 - Japanese Boogie 09:18

11 - Jamming At Sankei Hall 09:36

12 - The Thrill Is Gone 05:37

13 - Hikari #88 07:58

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Jim MacFee said...

Thanks for the repost. Much appreciated!!!

The Bluesgambler said...

you are welcome Jim! Don't hesitate to ask for more re-upps if you find dead links.