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Ten Kind Favors: Massive B.B. King Box in Development at Universal (UPDATED WITH TRACK LIST)

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With over half a century in the business of playing the blues, Riley B. King – “B.B.” to millions – is the total embodiment of a living legend. As we dive headfirst into box set season, it looks like King’s getting a box set from Hip-O/UMe worthy of that legend – and fans can be a part of it.

Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. B.B. King, crafted in honor of the 50th anniversary of King’s contract with ABC-Paramount, has all the hallmarks of a major-label affair; compiled by Bill Levenson and Andy McKaie, two of Universal’s most decorated producers, the scope of this box is enormous. Ten CDs, featuring two discs of his earliest recordings on the Bullet, Modern/RPM and Kent/Crown labels and eight discs of the ABC/Impulse/MCA/Geffen eras (these discs will feature, in total, one track from every album recorded during this period). The as-yet unannounced track list will feature guest appearances from Etta James, The Rolling Stones, U2 and more, as well as a 72-page book of liner notes, essays, rare photos and discographical information. (For the less adventurous, a four-disc distillation of the box will be available as well.)

Now, where do you come in? Universal is taking the interesting step of raising awareness for the box through PledgeMusic, a Kickstarter-esque site. Fans can pledge any amount toward the box, but $13 and up will get you an immediate download of King’s long out-of-print 1975 ABC LP Lucille Talks Back, while $50 will guarantee you the four-disc box and $138 or more the full ten-disc compilation. A limited number of offers (250 apiece) for European audiences will also throw in a DVD or Blu-Ray of King’s Live at The Royal Albert Hall 2011 (£55 for the four-disc box plus DVD, £125 for the 10-disc box plus Blu-Ray).

As of this writing, the PledgeMusic campaign has raised 37% of its unspecified goal with 19 days left to pledge. Retailers are showing a September 25 ship date for the 10-disc box and an October 9 date for the smaller set. After the jump, take a look at the full box set’s track list.

B.B. King, Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr B.B. King (Hip-O/UMe, 2012)

Disc 1: Three O’Clock Blues (1949-1956)

  1. Miss Martha King
  2. When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes
  3. Got the Blues
  4. Take a Swing with Me
  5. B.B. Boogie
  6. Don’t You Want a Man Like Me
  7. Fine Looking Woman
  8. She’s Dynamite
  9. Three O’Clock Blues
  10. That Ain’t the Way to Do It
  11. You Know I Love You
  12. Woke Up This Morning
  13. Please Love Me
  14. Blind Love
  15. The Woman I Love
  16. Whole Lotta’ Love
  17. Everyday I Have the Blues
  18. Love You Baby (a/k/a Take a Swing with Me)
  19. When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
  20. You Upset Me Baby
  21. Sneakin’ Around
  22. Shut Your Mouth
  23. Boogie Rock
  24. Ten Long Years
  25. Crying Won’t Help You
  26. Bad Luck
  27. Troubles, Troubles, Troubles

Disc 2: Rock Me Baby (1956-1962)

  1. Sweet Little Angel
  2. Early in the Morning
  3. (I’m Gonna) Quit My Baby
  4. On My Word of Honor
  5. Days of Old
  6. Recession Blues
  7. Please Accept My Love
  8. Everyday I Have the Blues  (with The Count Basie Orchestra)
  9. Precious Lord
  10. Sweet Sixteen, Parts 1 & 2
  11. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (with The Duke Ellington Orchestra)
  12. I’ll Survive
  13. (I’ve) Got a Right to Love My Baby
  14. It’s My Own Fault
  15. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
  16. Walking Dr. Bill
  17. Catfish Blues (Fishin’ After Me)
  18. Partin’ Time
  19. You’re Breaking My Heart
  20. Rock Me Baby
  21. Blue Shadows
  22. The Jungle
  23. That Evil Child

Disc 3: How Blue Can You Get? (1963-1966)

  1. You Ask Me
  2. I’m Gonna Sit In ‘Til You Give In
  3. Blues At Midnight
  4. My Baby’s Coming Home
  5. Chains of Love
  6. Sneakin’ Around
  7. Slowly Losing My Mind
  8. How Blue Can You Get?
  9. Whole Lotta Lovin’
  10. I Wonder Why (previously unreleased)
  11. Please Accept My Love
  12. Help the Poor
  13. Never Trust a Woman
  14. Worryin’ Blues
  15. Stop Leadin’ Me On
  16. Everyday I Have the Blues (Live at The Regal Theatre)
  17. Sweet Little Angel (Live at The Regal Theatre)
  18. It’s My Own Fault (Live at the Regal Theatre)
  19. How Blue Can You Get? (Live at the Regal Theatre)
  20. Please Love Me (Live at The Regal Theatre)
  21. Tired of Your Jive
  22. All Over Again
  23. I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water
  24. Cherry Red
  25. You’re Still a Square
  26. Don’t Answer the Door, Parts 1 & 2
  27. Waitin’ on You
  28. Night Life

Disc 4: Why I Sing The Blues (1966-1969)

  1. Gambler’s Blues (Live at The International Club)
  2. Buzz Me (Live at The International Club)
  3. Sweet Sixteen, Parts 1 & 2 (Live at The International Club)
  4. Think It Over
  5. Done Got Wise
  6. Paying the Cost to Be the Boss
  7. I’m Gonna Do What They Do to Me
  8. Dance with Me
  9. Lucille
  10. Watch Yourself
  11. You Put It on Me
  12. Messy But Good
  13. Get Myself Somebody
  14. My Mood (Live at The Village Gate)
  15. I Want You So Bad
  16. Get Off My Back Woman
  17. Why I Sing the Blues

Disc 5: The Thrill is Gone (1969-1971)

  1. The Thrill is Gone
  2. Confessin’ the Blues
  3. So Excited
  4. No Good
  5. Go Underground
  6. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
  7. Chains and Things
  8. Ask Me No Questions
  9. Hummingbird
  10. Everyday I Have the Blues (Live at Cook County Jail)
  11. How Blue Can You Get? (Live at Cook County Jail)
  12. Worry, Worry (Live at Cook County Jail)
  13. Sweet Sixteen (Live at Sankei Hall)
  14. Eyesight to the Blind (Live at Sankei Hall)
  15. Niji Baby (Live at Sankei Hall)
  16. The Thrill is Gone (Live at Sankei Hall)

Disc 6: Lucille Talks Back (1971-1976)

  1. I Got Some Help I Don’t Need
  2. Blue Shadows
  3. Ghetto Woman
  4. Ain’t Nobody Home
  5. Guess Who
  6. Five Long Years
  7. I Like to Live the Love
  8. To Know You is to Love You
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Three O’Clock Blues (Live with Bobby “Blue” Bland)
  11. Lucille Talks Back
  12. Reconsider Baby
  13. Don’t Make Me Pay for His Mistakes
  14. Let the Good Times Roll (Live with Bobby “Blue” Bland)
  15. Don’t You Lie to Me
  16. Mother Fuyer
  17. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh

Disc 7: When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around) (1977-1982)

  1. When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around)
  2. Hold On (I Feel Our Love is Changing)
  3. Never Make Your Move Too Soon
  4. Better Not Look Down
  5. Happy Birthday Blues
  6. I’ve Always Been Lonely
  7. Caldonia (Live at The University of Mississippi)
  8. I Got Some Help I Don’t Need (Live at The University of Mississippi)
  9. Life Ain’t Nothing But a Party
  10. The Victim
  11. There Must Be a Better World Somewhere
  12. Nightlife/Please Send Me Someone to Love
  13. Inflation Blues
  14. Sell My Monkey
  15. Darlin’ You Know I Love You
  16. Make Love to Me

Disc 8: When Love Comes to Town (1984-1992)

  1. Into the Night
  2. Six Silver Strings
  3. When Love Comes to Town – U2 with B.B. King
  4. Standing on the Edge of Love
  5. Lay Another Log on the Fire
  6. Take Off Your Shoes
  7. Nobody Love Me But My Mother (Live at San Quentin Prison)
  8. Right Place, Wrong Time (with Bonnie Raitt)
  9. All Over Again (Live at The Apollo)
  10. I’m Moving On
  11. Back in L.A.
  12. Fool Me Once
  13. There is Always One More Time
  14. Monday Morning Blues (Blues for Mr. G)
  15. Since I Met You Baby (Live at the Town & Country) (with Gary Moore)

Disc 9: Blues Man (1993-1999)

  1. Playin’ with My Friends (with Robert Cray)
  2. There’s Something on Your Mind (with Etta James)
  3. I Gotta Move Out of This Neighborhood/Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
  4. You Don’t Know Me – Diane Schuur & B.B. King
  5. Stormy Monday Blues – The GRP All-Star Big Band with B.B. King
  6. Rock Me Baby (Live at The Rosengarten)
  7. Confessin’ the Blues (with Marty Stuart)
  8. Paying the Cost to Be the Boss (with The Rolling Stones)
  9. Blues Man
  10. Bad Case of Love
  11. Blues Boys Tune
  12. I’ll Survive
  13. Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  14. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  15. Ain’t That Just Like a Woman
  16. Caldonia

Disc 10: Key to the Highway (2000-2008)

  1. Ten Long Years – Eric Clapton & B.B. King
  2. Key to the Highway – Eric Clapton & B.B. King
  3. I Got to Leave This Woman
  4. Monday Woman
  5. Don’t Go No Farther
  6. You’re on Top
  7. Back Door Santa
  8. Exactly Like You
  9. Sinner’s Prayer – Ray Charles with B.B. King
  10. Early in the Morning (with Van Morrison)
  11. Rock This House (with Elton John)
  12. You Have a Way
  13. Everybody Loves You
  14. Key to the Highway (Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club)
  15. Midnight Blues
  16. Get These Blues Off Me
  17. See That My Grave is Kept Clean
  18. Waiting for Your Call
  19. Haunted House

Disc 1, Tracks 1-2 from Bullet single 309, 1949
Disc 1, Tracks 3-4 from Bullet single 315, 1949
Disc 1, Track 5 from RPM single 304, 1950
Disc 1, Track 6 from RPM single 318, 1951
Disc 1, Track 7 from RPM single 348, 1952
Disc 1, Track 8 from RPM single 323, 1951
Disc 1, Tracks 9-10 from RPM single 339, 1951
Disc 1, Track 11 from RPM single 363, 1952
Disc 1, Track 12 from RPM single 380, 1953
Disc 1, Track 13 from RPM single 386, 1953
Disc 1, Track 14 from RPM single 395, 1953
Disc 1, Tracks 15 and 18 from RPM single 408, 1954
Disc 1, Tracks 16 and 20 from RPM single 416, 1954
Disc 1, Tracks 17 and 21 from RPM single 421, 1954
Disc 1, Track 19 from RPM single 412, 1954
Disc 1, Track 22 from RPM single 430, 1955
Disc 1, Track 23 from RPM single 435, 1955
Disc 1, Track 24 from RPM single 437, 1955
Disc 1, Track 25 from RPM single 451, 1955
Disc 1, Track 26 and Disc 2, Track 1 from RPM single 468, 1956
Disc 1, Track 27 and Disc 2, Track 2 from RPM single 492, 1957
Disc 2, Track 3 from RPM single 494, 1957
Disc 2, Track 4 from RPM single 479, 1956
Disc 2, Track 5 from Kent single 307, 1958
Disc 2, Track 6 from Kent single 4572, 1972
Disc 2, Track 7 from Kent single 315, 1958
Disc 2, Track 8 from Kent single 327, 1959
Disc 2, Track 9 from B.B. King Sings Spirituals (Crown 5119, 1959)
Disc 2, Track 10 from Kent single 330, 1960
Disc 2, Track 11 from Compositions of Duke Ellington (Crown 5153, 1960)
Disc 2, Track 12 from King of the Blues (Crown 5167, 1960)
Disc 2, Tracks 13-14 from Kent single 333, 1960
Disc 2, Track 15-16 from Kent single 350, 1960
Disc 2, Track 17 from Kent single 351, 1960
Disc 2, Track 18 from Kent single 396, 1964
Disc 2, Track 19 from Kent single 362, 1961
Disc 2, Track 20 from Kent single 393, 1964
Disc 2, Track 21 from Kent single 426, 1965
Disc 2, Track 22 from Kent single 462, 1967
Disc 2, Track 23 from Kent single 4562, 1971
Disc 3, Tracks 1-6 from Mr. Blues (ABC 456, 1963)
Disc 3, Track 7 from ABC-Paramount single 10486, 1963
Disc 3, Tracks 8 and 11 from ABC-Paramount single 10527, 1964
Disc 3, Track 9 from ABC-Paramount single 10576, 1964
Disc 3, Track 12 from ABC-Paramount single 10552, 1964
Disc 3, Tracks 13-14 from ABC-Paramount single 10599, 1964
Disc 3, Track 15 from ABC-Paramount single 10616, 1965
Disc 3, Tracks 16-20 from Live at The Regal (ABC-Paramount 509, 1965)
Disc 3, Track 21 from ABC-Paramount single 10675, 1965
Disc 3, Track 22 from ABC-Paramount single 10724, 1965
Disc 3, Tracks 23-24 from Confessin’ the Blues (ABC 528, 1966)
Disc 3, Track 25 from ABC-Paramount single 10766, 1966
Disc 3, Track 26 from ABC single 10856, 1966
Disc 3, Tracks 27-28 from ABC-Paramount single 10889, 1966
Disc 4, Tracks 1-2 from Blues is King (BluesWay BLS 6001, 1967
Disc 4, Track 3 from BluesWay single 61012, 1967
Disc 4, Track 4 from BluesWay single 61004, 1967
Disc 4, Track 5 from His Best/The Electric B.B. King (BluesWay BLS 6022, 1968)
Disc 4, Tracks 6-9 from Blues on Top of Blues (BluesWay BLS 6011, 1968)
Disc 4, Tracks 10-11 from Lucille (BluesWay BLS 6016, 1968)
Disc 4, Tracks 12-13 from For the Love of Ivy soundtrack (ABC 7, 1968)
Disc 4, Track 14 from BlueWay single 61022, 1969
Disc 4, Tracks 15-18 from Live and Well (BluesWay BLS 6031, 1969)
Disc 5, Tracks 1-4 from Completely Well (BluesWay BLS 6037, 1969)
Disc 5, Tracks 5-9 from Indianola Mississippi Seeds (ABC 713, 1970)
Disc 5, Tracks 10-12 from Live at Cook County Jail (ABC 723, 1971)
Disc 5, Tracks 13-16 from Live in Japan (ABC Japan 841, 1971)
Disc 6, Track 1 from L.A. Midnight (ABC 734, 1971)
Disc 6, Tracks 2-4 from In London (ABC 730, 1971)
Disc 6, Tracks 5-6 from Guess Who (ABC 759, 1972)
Disc 6, Tracks 7-8 from To Know You is to Love You (ABC X794, 1973)
Disc 6, Track 9 from Friends (ABC S825, 1974)
Disc 6, Track 10 from Together for the First Time (ABC-Dunhill DSY-50190, 1974)
Disc 6, Tracks 11-13 from Lucille Talks Back (ABC D898, 1975)
Disc 6, Track 14 from Together Again…Live (ABC-Impulse ASD-9317, 1976)
Disc 6, Tracks 15-17 from King Size (ABC AB-977, 1977)
Disc 7, Tracks 1-3 from Midnight Believer (ABC AA-1061, 1978)
Disc 7, Tracks 4-6 from Take It Home (MCA 3151, 1979)
Disc 7, Tracks 7-8 from Now Appearing at Ole Miss (MCA 2-8016, 1980)
Disc 7, Tracks 9-11 from There Must Be a Better World Somewhere (MCA 5162, 1981)
Disc 7, Track 12 from Love Me Tender (MCA 5307, 1982)
Disc 7, Tracks 13-16 from Blues ‘N Jazz (MCA 27119, 1983)
Disc 8, Tracks 1-2 from Six Silver Strings (MCA 5616, 1985)
Disc 8, Track 3 from Rattle and Hum (Island 91003, 1988)
Disc 8, Tracks 4-6 from King of the Blues 1989 (MCA 42183, 1989)
Disc 8, Track 7 from Live at San Quentin (MCA 6455, 1990)
Disc 8, Track 8 from Air America soundtrack (MCA 6467, 1990)
Disc 8, Track 9 from Live at The Apollo (GRP GRD-9637, 1991)
Disc 8, Tracks 10-13 from There is Always One More Time (MCA 10295, 1991)
Disc 8, Track 14 from Garfield: Am I Cool or What? (GRP GRD-9641, 1991)
Disc 8, Track 15 from “Parisienne Walkways ’93” CD single (Virgin VSCDT 1456, 1993)
Disc 9, Tracks 1-3 from Blues Summit (MCA 10710, 1993)
Disc 9, Track 4 from Heart to Heart (GRP GRD-9767, 1994)
Disc 9, Track 5 from All Blues (GRP GRD-9800, 1995)
Disc 9, Track 6 from How Blue Can You Get? Classic Live Performances 1964-1994 (MCA 2-11443, 1996)
Disc 9, Tracks 7-8 from Deuces Wild (MCA 11711, 1997)
Disc 9, Tracks 9-12 from Blues on the Bayou (MCA 11879, 1998)
Disc 9, Tracks 13-16 from Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan (MCA 088 112 042-2, 1999)
Disc 10, Tracks 1-2 from Riding with the King (Reprise 47612, 2000)
Disc 10, Tracks 3-6 from Making Love is Good for You (MCA 088 112 241-2, 1999)
Disc 10, Track 7 from A Christmas Celebration of Hope (MCA 088 112 756-2, 2001)
Disc 10, Track 8 from Reflections (MCA B0000532-02, 2003)
Disc 10, Track 9 from Genius Loves Company (Concord 13431 2248-2, 2004)
Disc 10, Tracks 10-11 from 80 (Geffen B0005263-02, 2005)
Disc 10, Tracks 12-13 from A Touch in Common: One Touch EP (Geffen, 2005)
Disc 10, Track 14 from Live (Geffen B0009770-02, 2006)
Disc 10, Tracks 15-19 from One Kind Favor (Geffen B0011971-02, 2008)

Written by Mike Duquette

September 5, 2012 at 11:39

Posted in BB King, Box Sets, News

13 Responses

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  1. Obscene money grab by one of the world’s most prosperous companies. This might be acceptable behavior from an unknown artist and/or an independent company–but not from UNIVERSAL, which gobbles up the music industry!

    mark schlesinger

    August 29, 2012 at 12:08

    • Have to agree… Total money grab, and we’re not even told what the track listing is?

      Picking one track per album from his most popular years doesn’t strike me as a selling point. This means a lot of great, classic songs are going to be left off. I realize even a ten-disc set merely scratches the surface of B.B.’s output, but I don’t like anything I’m reading about this.

      Shaun

      August 29, 2012 at 20:56

  2. Utilizing “PledgeMusic, a Kickstarter-esque site,” to raise money is nothing more than a clumsy attempt to have motivated fans pick up some of the pre-release production costs. Shameful, but what else would you expect from Universal?

    ronfwnc

    August 29, 2012 at 20:57

    • yeah, those guys should be running for office. They act just like a bunch of donkeys & elephants. On second thought, they should be running from me!

      mark schlesinger

      August 29, 2012 at 22:11

      • Yeah, I know what you mean. If the government ran a record company it would be Universal.

        ronfwnc

        August 29, 2012 at 22:22

      • The government does run a record company. It is called Smithsonian. And it is an excellent company. All reissues, pretty much, but excellent.

        Kevin

        August 31, 2012 at 07:49

      • granted.

        mark schlesinger

        August 31, 2012 at 16:54

  3. JSP or Proper would sell this thing for $50.

    mark schlesinger

    August 29, 2012 at 22:14

  4. A compilation? One song from every record? Well maybe a couple here and there.

    I am totally done buying hit and miss compilations.

    Put it all out, even if you want to make several volumes.

    License it to Bear Family who would do it right.

    Forget about it.

    Kevin

    August 30, 2012 at 08:11

  5. MCA released a relatively decent career-spanning 4-disc box set 20 years ago called King of the Blues (which remains available) which properly places the emphasis on King’s triumphant recordings of the ’50’s and ’60s. Including one song from every album – and there certainly have been some less than great ones – seems arbitrary and pointless.

    ronfwnc

    August 30, 2012 at 08:59

  6. I may be in the minority, but I’m all over this.

    Robert Lett

    August 31, 2012 at 14:13

  7. I’ve met the man. Had conversations with him. But more importantly , I’ve heard him play. ANY B.B. King is better than none. Period. I will admit, my KING OF THE BLUES (mentioned above) does hold a special place in my heart.

    Todd R.

    August 31, 2012 at 19:11

  8. Looks good, but I wish the song from “Thelma & Louise” called “Better Not Look Down” had been included. Love that song! It’s the one that got me interested in Mr. King.

    Tom

    September 5, 2012 at 14:51


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