B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding With The King

Well this one’s like shooting fish in a barrel, isn’t it. B.B. King. Eric Clapton. Lucille. Blackie.

That oughta cover it, eh?

But of course I can go on…

Hot damn I love this album. So did lots of other people, as it won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2001, and it went 2x Multi-Platinum in the U.S. Yes.

I was gonna type all this out, but Wiki has got me covered:

The album contains five “vintage” King songs from the 1950s and 1960s: “Ten Long Years”, “Three O’Clock Blues”, “Help the Poor”, “Days of Old” and “When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer”. Other standards include the Big Bill Broonzy-penned “Key to the Highway” (which Clapton had recorded in the early 1970s with Derek and the Dominos), Chicago pianist Maceo Merriweather’s “Worried Life Blues”, a cover of Isaac Hayes’s composition “Hold On, I’m Comin'” originally a 1966 single for Sam & Dave, and “Come Rain or Come Shine” from the 1946 musical St. Louis Woman. The album’s title track, “Riding with the King”, is a John Hiatt composition that came about when producer Scott Mathews recounted to Hiatt a strange and abstract dream he had of flying on an airplane with Elvis Presley. It is also the title track of Hiatt’s 1983 album of the same name that Mathews co-produced. The balance of the tracks were written especially for the album.

Doyle Bramhall II, Andy Fairweather Low, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Sample, Tim Carmon, Nathan East, and Steve Gadd join as players, while Susannah and Wendy Melvoin add back-up vocals.

What else do you need? This is laid-back, beautiful blues from two of the best practitioners of the art who have ever lived.


13 thoughts on “B.B. King & Eric Clapton – Riding With The King

      1. J. says:

        Some of his stuff, but I don’t subscribe to the notion that he’s one of the greatest. Take away Cream and there’s a whole lot of mediocrity in his catalogue.


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