Wednesday, October 31, 2007
CHAINS & THINGS
BB King's 1970 LP "Indianola Mississippi Seeds" found the bluesmaster picking up some of the crossover soul and rock touches used by contemporaries over at Chess/Cadet, and expanding his sound with a range of guests that include Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and Carole King. Despite the presence of these bigger names, the set's very much in BB's own spirit -- mostly focused on his vocals and guitar work, and still mostly including original compositions.
Undoubtedly a high mark of King's career, "Chains & Things" finds B.B. agonized and, well, pretty damn blue--the mixture of the bareboned 70's groove with melancholic, remorseful strings augments BB's material to brand new heights.