B.B. King – Indianola Mississippi Seeds

The Beam Me Up Scotty’s Series, Part 15/25 (LP)

 

I rescued this 1970 LP for $2, knowing full-well it might not play. It was (sadly) a bit scratched, but I had hopes… If nothing else, I could use the cover as wall art.

Happily, it plays! With few blips!

And what a record. Holy crap. True blues: hit songs, hot instrumentals, that inexorable B.B. shout, Lucille in full force, and an all-star cast of players.* Even King regarded it as some of his best work.** Pure B.B. glory!! YES!!

 

** King himself, also, views the album as one of his greatest achievements. When asked about his best work, King has said, “I know the critics always mention Live & Well or Live at the Regal, but I think that Indianola Mississippi Seeds was the best album that I’ve done artistically.”

* The Players and Track Listing:

“Nobody Loves Me But My Mother” — 1:26
B. B. King — piano & vocal

“You’re Still My Woman” (B. B. King, Dave Clark) — 6:04
B. B. King — guitar & vocal
Carole King — piano
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums

“Ask Me No Questions” — 3:08
B. B. King — guitar & vocal
Leon Russell – piano
Joe Walsh – rhythm guitar
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums

“Until I’m Dead and Cold” — 4:45
B. B. King — guitar & vocal
Carole King — piano
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums

“King’s Special” — 5:13
B. B. King — lead guitar
Leon Russell – piano
Joe Walsh – rhythm guitar
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums

“Ain’t Gonna Worry My Life Anymore” — 5:18
B. B. King — guitar & vocal
Carole King — piano & electric piano
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums

“Chains and Things” (B. B. King, Dave Clark) — 4:53
B.B. King — guitar & vocal
Carole King — electric piano
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums

“Go Underground” (B. B. King, Dave Clark) — 4:00
B. B. King — lead guitar & vocal
Paul Harris — piano
Hugh McCracken — rhythm guitar
Gerald Jemmott — bass
Herb Lovelle — drums

“Hummingbird” (Leon Russell) — 4:36
B. B. King — guitar & vocal
Leon Russell — piano & conductor
Joe Walsh — rhythm guitar
Bryan Garofalo — bass
Russ Kunkel — drums
Sherlie Matthews, Merry Clayton, Clydie King, Venetta Fields — “Angelic chorus”

13 thoughts on “B.B. King – Indianola Mississippi Seeds

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Dude, this one’s awesome. I can recommend more awesome B.B. records, lemme know.

      I think maybe folks choose live records because B.B. kicked so much ass live, and it really comes through on this concert recordings! Not to say his albums weren’t awesome too, just sayin.

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  1. J. says:

    I like a lot of his stuff, but not enough to buy his albums. That being said, this one’s high on my list, cause it’s incredible. Plus, the cover is one of the best ever. Sadly, I’ve never seen a copy in the wild. Good score…

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      New rule: ALWAYS buy B.B. King LPs! 🙂 Haha is my bias showing?

      This really is a great LP. Stunning all over. I’d never seen one in the wild before this trip either, but there it was. I knew it was hacky when I got it, figuring at the very least I could have some sweet wall art. But it plays! Wahooo!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Live At The Regal is indeed a great one (so is B.B. King In London), but this album is pretty damn great in its own right. B.B. was not wrong about this!

      I doubt they’d make an album cover in 2016 that had a watermelon for a guitar.

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