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B.B. King: Live recordings in review

 

By Eberhard Fritz

 

 

 

This is an attempt to compile information about the live recordings of the great B.B. King. It is at no means complete and will be updated if I will be able to obtain more of those soundboard and radio recordings.

Included in this compilation are the official live recordings on albums and Maxi CDs. It is out of question that some radio broadcasts surpass the official live albums.Any track which was not recorded in front of an audience was not included even if it was played ‘live’. Given playing times are approximate and are only supposed to indicate the length of the song.

 
Thanks to the great people who contributed to that compilation:

Ramon Gonzales
Rainer Zepernick

and all the others who were so kind as to trade with me.





21 November 1964                         Chicago, Illinois, Regal Theater

 

Every Day I Have The Blues (2:27); Sweet Little Angel (4:15); It's My Own Fault (5:25); How Blue Can You Get? (3:00); Please Love Me (2:55); You Upset Me Baby (2:20); Worry, Worry (6:21); Woke Up This Mornin' (1:42); You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now (4:10); Help The Poor (2:35).

Officially released album LIVE AT THE REGAL. Generally acknowledged as THE classic B.B. King live album the Regal recordings represent an era when he played shorter songs. Later on he stretched the songs and emphasized his qualities as an entertainer. It depends on which attitude the listener actually prefers.



5 November 1966                         Chicago, Illinois, International Club

Introduction (0:19); Waitin‘ On You (2:29); Introduction (0:49); Gambler’s Blues (5:12); Tired Of Your Jive (3:32); Night Life (4:48); Buzz Me (4:13); Don’t Answer The Door (4:10); Blind Love (3:33); I Know What You’re Puttin‘ Down (3:36); Baby Get Lost (4:00); Gonna Keep On Loving You (3:46).

Officially released album BLUES IS KING...PLUS. Some rarely played songs on this one.



3 June 1969                         New York, Village Gate

Don’t Answer The Door (6:13); Just A Little Love (5:16); My Mood (2:42); Sweet Little Angel (5:13); Please Accept My Love (3:20.

Officially released album LIVE & WELL. Two rarely played songs on this one.



10 September 1970                         Chicago, Illinois, Cook County Jail

Introductions (1:51); Every Day I Have The Blues (1:42); How Blue Can You Get? (5:12); Worry, Worry (9:55); Three O'Clock Blues/Darlin' You Know I Love You (6:18); Sweet Sixteen (4:20); The Thrill Is Gone (6:18); Please Accept My Love (3:61).

Officially released album LIVE AT COOK COUNTY JAIL. A truly great live album recorded in front of more than 2,000 convicts imprisoned in Cook County Jail. B.B. King delivers an outstanding performance!



4 March 1971                         Tokyo, Japan, Sankei Hall

Every Day I Have The Blues (2:10); How Blue Can You Get? (5:11); Eyesight To The Blind (4:03); Niji Baby (6:21); You're Still My Woman (5:56); Chains And Things (5:41); Sweet Sixteen (6:00); Hummingbird (4:08); Darlin' You Know I Love You (4:26); The Thrill Is Gone (5:36); Hikari #88 (7:57).

Officially released album LIVE IN JAPAN. Another great live recording, this was originally available in Japan only. But now it has been released elsewhere, and for good reason. Like in Cook County Jail, B.B. King is in brillant form on those two gigs in Japan!



7 March 1971                         Tokyo, Japan, Sankei Hall

 Japanese Boogie (9:11); Jam (9:35).

Two more tracks on the officially released album LIVE IN JAPAN.



August 1972                         Kansas City, Kansas, Cowtown Ballroom

Introduction (3:24); The Thrill Is Gone (5:00); Sweet Little Angel (5:06); Nobody's Loves Me But My Mother (4:45); Guess Who (3:45); King's Shuffle (3:12); Outside Help (7:35); I've Got A Mind To Give Up Living (5:27); Ain't Nobody Home (7:23).

Semi-official release LIVE IN KANSAS CITY. This is a very good album, although the sound quality is a little below standard (but very listenable).



4 November 1973                         Berlin/Germany, Berliner Jazztage

Everyday I Have The Blues; How Blue Can You Get; To Know You Is To Love You; Crying Won't Help You; I Need My Baby; Outside Help; When The Saints Go Marching In; Instrumental; Instrumental; All Over Again; The Thrill Is Gone; Guess Who..

Obviously a very good soundboard recording.



24 May1974                         Stockholm, Concerthouse TV

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



30 October 1974                         Kinshasa, Zaire, Stadium

 To Know You Is To Love You (4:10); I Believe In Myself (5:52); Why I Sing The Blues (6:24); Ain't Nobody Home (3:08); Sweet Sixteen (6:47); The Thrill Is Gone (4:34); Guess Who (4:52); I Like To Live The Love I Sing About (4:09).

Officially released on VHS video and DVD LIVE IN AFRICA (and other titles). B.B. King performed just before the famous boxing contest between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at the Kinshasa Stadium. The enthusiastic mainly black audience adds to the magic of that recording which was professionally filmed.



8 November 1975                         Memphis, Tennessee, International Blues Festival

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1976                         San Francisco, Great American Music Hall

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1977                         Chicago, Sound Stage, TV

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



17 March 1977                         [Location unknown], Sanford and Son TV show

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1978                         Chicago, Illinois, Park West

 I Need My Baby; Don't Answer The Door/Nobody Loves Me But My Mother/I Need You So Bad/Strange Things Happening/Why I Sing The Blues; Night Life; When It All Comes Down; Hold On; Outside Help; Never Make Your Move Too Soon; The Thrill Is Gone; I Just 
Can't Leave Your Love Alone.


1978                         Toronto, Canada, The Forum

Instrumental (4:30); Night Life (6:35); Going Out Of My Mind (4:55); Walking Dr Bill (3:44); Instrumental (6:23); Why I Sing The Blues (5:32); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (6:16); The Thrill Is Gone (6:06); Instrumental (1:30).

 

9 April 1978                         Boston, Massachussetts, St Paul’s Mall

Caldonia (6:39); How Blue Can You Get? (4:34); Crying Won’t Help (6:23); Instrumental (5:23); Why I Sing The Blues (8:05); Every Day I Have The Blues (8:57); Instrumental (5:50); Sweet Little Angel (3:14); Instrumental (4:26); Have A Little Faith (6:46); Going Out Of My Mind (2:16); Outside Help (4:26); The Thrill Is Gone (5:53); Guess Who (4:16); I Got My Mojo Working (3:33).

This concert features some rarely played songs but the sound quality appears to be uneven (though listenable). The performance is excellent though, and B.B. King is accompanied by harmonica player Dee Dee Bridgewater which he should have done more often because it blends excellently with his sound. Unfortunately there are many bad sounding recordings of the soundboard source in circulation but the pristine version is a must!



22 June (1978 or 1979 or 1982)                         New York, Bottom Line, KBFH special with George Benson and Johnny & Edgar Winter

Caldonia (4:55); How Blue Can You Get? (4:32); Goin’ Down Slow (6:23); I Got Some Help I Don’t Need (14:47); Just A Little Love (11:10); The Thrill Is Gone (6:52).

Traditionally the KBFH concerts were recorded brilliantly, some of them even in quadraphonic sound. That recording featuring George Benson and Johnny & Edgar Winter is no exception and makes the record one of the very best official live recordings.



October 1978                         London, Hammersmith Odeon

 Caledonia (8:59); Why I Sing The Blues; Medley: Three o’Clock Blues/It's My Own Fault; Rock Me Baby; Sweet Sixteen; Don't Answer The Door; Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (15:56); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (4:48); When It All Comes Down (6:52); Hold On (6:38); Band introductions/The Thrill Is Gone (8:49); Instrumental (2:07); Outside Help (5:08).

Another radio broadcast highlight, this time from the BBC. In 2008, five songs from that concert (Caldonia, I Love To Live The Life, Night Life, When It All Comes Down, and The Thrill Is Gone) were officially reseased on the album LIVE AT THE BBC. But one of the highlights not yet officially released is the rarely played song 'Hold on'.



1979                         Oxford, Mississippi, University of Mississippi

 Intro/B.B. King Blues Theme; Caldonia; Blues Medley: Don't Answer The Door/You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now/I Need Your Love So Bad/Nobody Loves Me But My Mother; Hold On; Outside Help; Darlin’ You Know I Love You; When I’m Wrong; The Thrill Is Gone; Never Make Your Move Too Soon; Three O’Clock In The Morning; Rock Me Baby; Guess Who; I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone.

Official release NOW APPEARING AT OLE MISS. This is not really a live recording. And that’s the problem about the whole album. To ‘sweeten’ the sound the producers later overdubbed guitar parts, percussion, and strings. It’s a catastrophy and destroys the otherwise very good live recordings completely. It is one of the worst live albums of any major artist. Why don’t they release the undubbed album for the fans who appreciate it ?



19 April 1979                         Atlanta, Georgia, Great Southeast Music Hall

Caledonia; Sweet Little Angel; Jam; Don't Answer The Door; You're Mean; Why I Sing The Blues; Outside Help; Made You Move To Soon; I'm No Me Without You; The Thrill Is Gone/Hold On; Jam 1; Jam 2.

A concert where Eric Clapton joined B.B. King on stage was recorded and broadcast. Unfortunately my copy was so hissy that it’s not a pleasure to listen to.



24 August 1979                         Los Angeles, California, The Roxy Club

 TV broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



14 September 1979                         Atlanta, Georgia, Fox Theater

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



5 July 1980                         Velden, Austria, Jazz Holidays Velden

 Let The Good Times Roll/Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (8:07); Outside Help (6:40); You Better Not Look Down (6:36); When It All Comes Down (11:15); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (11:56); The Thril Is Gone (10:39); Instrumental (17:49).

On this excellent soundboard recording B.B. King is in a very good mood, stretching out to very long versions of the songs. But generally this concert is rather standard fare.



10 July 1980                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



14 June 1981                         Montreal, Canada, International Jazz Festival

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



5 November (1981 or 1982)                         New Orleans, Louisiana, SS President

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



22 July 1982                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

 Intro (2:28); Every Day I Have The Blues (2:11); Sweet Little Angel (5:21); Let The Good Times Roll (4:53); Don’t Answer The Door (5:17); I’d Like To Live The Life I Sing About (4:12): Instrumental (7:05); Instrumental (8:27); I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone (7:00).

 


1983                         Dallas, Texas, Nick’s Uptown

 Everyday I Have the Blues (4:13); Night Life (4:43); You Better Not Look Down (6:26); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (5:35); Sell My Monkey (3:03); Love Me Tender (4:02); Inflation Blues (4:16); The Thrill is Gone (4:21); There Must Be A Better World SomeWhere (5:56).

Released officially on a DVD LIVE AT NICK’S this is a worthwhile addition to the B.B. King live catalogue because of some rarely played songs. Even a well-known standard like ‘Love me tender’ is different from the classic Elvis version.



1983                         [Unknown location], Live Guitar Clinic, with Larry Carlton

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1983                         Medford, Tufts University

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



28 January 1983                         Cannes, France, Palace of Festivals Theatre

 BB King Theme (10:54); Why I Sing the Blues (4:53); Darling You Know I Love You (5:08); Caledonia (3:28); All Over Again (7:14); Everyday I Have the Blues (4:51); Sweet Little Angel (5:55); Jam with Dave Brubek (13:06); The Thrill is Gone (5:00); Guess Who (5:47); Payin' the Cost to be the Boss (5:00).

These great recordings were released semi-officially on some different licensed CDs. You can find some of them in the cheap sales but each one has only a part of the concert so you have to buy at least two CDs if you want more songs. In February 2008, part of the concert was released again on the CD LIVE - AT THE PALAIS DE CONGRESS, CANNES, FRANCE, 1983. However, there is also a complete version. They were worth it. B.B. King is in fine form and in great mood, as are his band and the guest stars. A great live album with a terrific version of ‘Guess who’!



10 February 1983                         Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Arena

 Let The Good Times Roll (4:17); Don't Answer The Door (5:19); Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (3:27); Going Out Of My Mind (5:27); Guess Who (5:59); Story Of Lucille (4:18); Caldonia (4:10); All Over Again (7:20); The Thrill Is Gone (8:01).

Semi-official release ALL OVER AGAIN. The Boston concert, a very good one, was released on licensed CDs.



24 March 1983                         Kansas City, Kansas, Uptown Theater

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



29 March 1983                         Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Centennial Auditorium

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



21 August (1982 or 1983)                         Huntington Beach, California, The Golden Bear

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



3 September 1983                         Houston, Texas, Rockefeller's

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



7 September 1983                         Houston, Texas, Rockefeller's

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



9 April 1984                         Boston, Massachussets, The Channel Club

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



18 April 1984                         Newcastle, City Hall

 Intro (2:34)/Every Day I Have The Blues (3:17); Don’t Answer The Door (3:07); You Better Not Look Down (4:56); When It All Comes Down (8:51); Hummingbird (6:07); Caledonia (4:34); I’ve Got A Good Life To Give Up Living (6:22); Why I Sing The Blues (5:35); The Thrill Is Gone (4:59).

 


2 May 1984                         Bern, Switzerland, Jazzfestival Bern '84

 I Got A Mind To Give Up Living (5:52); Band Introduction (4:04); Instrumental (3:32); B.B. King Intro (1:43); Rock Me Baby (10:02); Guess Who (9:17); Instrumental (4:26); Instrumental (5:15); Instrumental (4:24); Since I Met You Baby (5:39); I Just Can’t Leave Your Love Alone (vocals: Debra Bosten) (4:42); Uncle Sam (8:46); The Thrill Is Gone (8:25); Stay Out All Night (10:25).

This concert's highlights are 'Guess who' with a stunning trumpet solo, and 'Since I Met You Baby' which sounds better in that compact version than on the singalongs elsewhere.



8 July 1984                         Wiesen, Austria, Jazz Summit

 Sweet little angel (5:51); Instrumental (5:33); Rock me baby (11:04); Night life (instrumental) (6:54); Caledonia (4:33); When it all comes down (3:07); You better not look down (6:25); I just can’t leave your love alone (4:41); Evil gal [vocals: Debra Bosten] (5:06); How blue can you get? (6:07); The thrill is gone (4:58).

 


12 July 1984                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

 Instrumental (5:20); You Upset Me Baby; Three O‘Clock In The Morning; Woke Up This Morning (5:30); Since I Met You Baby; Rock Me Baby; Instrumental; Jam Session (17:22).

The introduction, ’Woke up this morning’ and the Jam session were released officially on a CD series LIVE AT MONTREUX especially for the Swiss airline Swissair (which does no longer exist). The CD only includes these songs featuring B.B. King besides recordings from other artists.



11 August 1984                         Houston, Texas, Rockefeller's

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



15 August 1984                         Madarao, Japan, Jazz Festival

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15 minutes. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



30 August 1984                         Chicago, Illinois, Grant Park

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



16 September 1984                         Long Beach, Califoria, Blues Festival

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1985                         Toronto, Canada, Ontario Place

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



22 February 1985                         Tucson, Arizona, Temple of Music and Art (early show)

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



22 February 1985                         Tucson, Arizona, Temple of Music and Art (late show)

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



25 May 1985                         San Quentin, California, San Quentin Prison

 Intro (1:53); Let The Good Times Roll (5:19); Every Day I Have The Blues (4:42); Whole Lotta Loving (3:28); Sweet Little Angel (3:12); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (7:54); Into The Night (4:38); Ain't Nobody's Bizness (5:00); The Thrill Is Gone (6:26); Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (8:09); Sweet Sixteen (6:27); Rock Me Baby (3:27).

Official release LIVE IN SAN QUENTIN (1990). Another very good concert recorded in a prison. Why did they have to put on a studio recording of ‘Peace To The World ?‘ as track 10 ? Didn’t they have enough good material from the San Quentin show ?



19 June 1985                         Morrison, Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



13 July 1985                         Den Haag, Holland, Staten Haal, LIVE AID

 Instrumental (5:18); Caledonia (4:07); [Ain't Got Nobody] (3:04); Outside Help (7:24); When It All Comes Down (6:34); Why I Sing The Blues (3:21); Don't Answer The Door (3:01); Rock Me Baby (5:42); Sweet Little Angel (9:11); Instrumental (7:41); Instrumental (2:34).

'Why I Sing The Blues', 'Don’t Answer The Door' and a short excerpt from 'Rock me Baby' were broadcast worldwide live as part of the famous LIVE AID show. But the entire live recording is superb.



15 July 1985                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



July 1985                         Saratoga, California, Paul Masson Mountain Winery

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



3 April 1986                         Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Civic Center

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



4 April 1986                         Roanoke, Virginia, Grandin Theater

 Instrumental (6:56); Instrumental (3:12); Everyday I Have The Blues (8:09); Sweet Little Angel (7:27); Caledonia (5:20); Instrumental (14:20); Why I Sing The Blues (15:17); Into The Night (6:50); Your Fool (8:06); The Thrill Is Gone (5:15); Rock Me Baby (8:08)..

This recording comes from a VHS HiFi tape. It is rather hissy and a bit dull but nevertheless listenable.



25 July 1986                         Toyohashi, Japan

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



September 1986                         Charleston, Cultural Center

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



October 1986                         London, Hammersmith Odeon

 Everyday I Have The Blues (2:07 ); 2. ## (3:01); Outside Help (2:49); Let The Good Times Roll (5:08); Don't Answer The Door (4:33); Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss (5:42); The Thrill Is Gone (3:43); Every Day I Have The Blues (4:29); How Blue Can You Get (6:06).

 



20 October 1986                         Umeå, Sweden, Idunteatern, Umeå Jazz Festival

 Instrumental (2:02); Let The Good Times Roll (3:52); Instrumental (4:16); Outside Help (3:19); Ain't Nobody's Business (3:14); Night Life (7:15); [I've got a mind to get up living] (9:26); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (8:28); One Of These Nights (4:47); The Thrill Is Gone (4:58); How Blue Can You Get (3:47).

Excellent concert, funky horns. Though there are some clicks between songs this is a great recording!



October 1986                         Stuttgart, Germany, Theaterhaus

 Outside Help (3:12); Instrumental (10:39); Night Life (8:47); When It All Comes Down (9:40); Sweet Little Angel (6:41); Early In The Morning (11:03); Instrumental (2:33).

 



28 October 1986                         Hamburg, Germany, Fabrik, Jazzfest

 Instrumental with Band Introductions (9:09); Since I met you baby (7:09); Instrumental (7:51); Ain't Nobody's Bizness (11:54); All Over Again (11:31); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (11:53); Rock Me Baby (7:56).

 



1987                         [Unknown location] Live in the Studio, with Jimmy Smith & Kenny Burrell

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37 minutes. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



15 April 1987                         Los Angeles, California, Ebony Theater

 Why I Sing The Blues (6:24); Send Me Someone To Love (5:10) (with Gladys Knight) ; The Thrill Is Gone (6:59) (with Eric Clapton) ; I'd Rather Go Blind (6:04) (with Etta James & Dr. John) ; When Something's Wrong With My Baby (4:17) (with Billy Ocean) ; The Sky Is Crying (6:28) (with Stevie Ray Vaughn) ; Something Got To Hold On To Me (3:52) (with Etta James) ; In The Midnight Hour (4:10) (with Billy Ocean) ; Ain't Nobody's Bizness (4:46) (with Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn, & Etta James) ; Let The Good Times Roll (3:17) (with everyone) ; Take My Hand Precious Lord (3:38) (with everyone) .

Official release on laser disc A NIGHT OF BLISTERING BLUES. An all-star concert was professionally recorded and filmed. There is an original CD with the soundtrack on it but it is not clear whether it is a licensed release or a bootleg. But it was really an event when B.B. King played with all those people, and the variety of music makes this recording worthwhile.



17 July 1987                         Andorra, Republic of Andorra, Jazz Festival

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



27 August 1987                         Salem, Virginia, Civic Center

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



September 1987                         Long Beach, California, 8th Annual Blues Festival

 Let the good times roll (3:42); Outside help (7:28); Paying the cost to be the boss (5:20); Instrumental (6:40); Why I sing the blues (4:40); Nobody loves me but my mother (5:32); The thrill is gone (3:35); Into the night (2:48); Rock me baby [voiceover] (6:03).

’The Thrill Is Gone’ is remarkable for the extensive use of a voicebox.



2 October 1987                         New Orleans, Louisiana, Fairmont Hotel

 

December 1987                         Las Vegas, Nevada, Desert Inn

Instrumental 5:19); Let the good times roll (1:09; 3 Instrumental (2:37); Stormy Monday 6:22); Darling, you know I love you 6:44); Whole lotta loving (5:27); Five long years (7:48); I’m a blues man (Understand) (6:39); Night life/Guess who (6:41); Why I sing the blues (7:33); Summertime (instrumental) (3:05); How blue can you get? (4:17); Rock me baby (2:24); The thrill is gone (10:18); When love comes to town (5:57).

’The Thrill Is Gone’ is remarkable for the extensive use of a voicebox.



22 April 1988                         New Orleans, Louisiana, Jazz Festival

 

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FM radio broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



27 April 1988                         Bern, Switzerland, Jazz Festival

 

 

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FM radio broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



12 June 1988                         Chicago. Illinois, Petricco Music Shell, Chicago Blues Fest

 

 

Instrumental (3:41); Instrumental (3:55); Instrumental (1:30); Intro (1:47); Let The Good Times Roll (3:12); Instrumental (3:40); Don't Answer The Door (3:54); Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss (2:45); If You're Gonna Walk On My Lawn (5:58); Never Make Your Move Too Soon (9:26); Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (3:34); How Blue Can You Get? (1:53); The Thrill Is Gone (8:24); Rock Me Baby (6:23).

 



22 June 1988                         Long Branch, New York

 

 

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FM radio broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



5 October 1988                         Toronto, Canada, The Copa Club [late show]

 

 

 

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



16 May 1989                         Tokyo, Japan, Sound Coliseum

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



16 July 1989                         Peer, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 Intro (6:25); Let The Good Times Roll (3:35); When It All Comes Down (7:49); Nobody Loves Me (12:32); Caledonia (4:02); Instrumental Jam (6:35); Why I Sing The Blues (8:46); Into The Night (7:19); The Thrill Is Gone (14:03).

 

 

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TV broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



10 April 1990                         Boulder, Colorado, Boulder Theater

 

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I Like To Live To Love (9:24); Power Of The Blues (5:41); Let The Good Times Roll (3:15); I Know (8:00); Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (6:23); Three O'Clock Blues (6:19); Caledonia (4:41); Early In The Morning (10:51); Ain't Nobody Home (6:10); Why I Sing The Blues (6:59); Ain't Nobody's Bizness (3:06); I Got To Find My Baby (2:24); When The Saints Go Marchin' In (1:55); Peace To The World (9:12); When Loves Comes To Town (5:34).

 

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Do I Shoot (3:12); Let The Good Times Roll (2:59); When It All Comes Down (8:22); Baby Go On (7:25); Ain't Nobody Home (6:16); The Thrill Is Gone (6:01); Early In The Morning (10:20); Sweet Little Angel (9:15); When Love Comes To Town (6:53); Peace To The World (7:44); Rock Me (9:42); Every Day I Have The Blues (10:33).

 



9 August 1990                         Nakano, Japan, Nakano Sun Plaza

 

 Theme Of Unusual/Blue Monk (2:54) (Musicians only); Sweet Little Angel (3:53); How Blue Can You Get? (1:59); Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (3:09); Guess Who (5:45); Double Deals (with June Yamagishi) (4:09); Everything Needs Love (with Malta) (4:36); Let The Good Times Roll (with Malta) (4:49); Feelin‘ Fine (with Masaki Ueda and Kazutoki Umezu) (4:58); The Thrill Is Gone (with Issei Noro) (5:34); Caldonia (with all musicians) (9:49); Darlin You Know I Love You Deals (with June Yamagishi) (4:27).

 

 

 

Introduction (1:53); Let The Good Times Roll (3:20); When It All Comes Down (8:14); Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (8:01); I’m A Poor Man (Understand) (3:21); Ain’t Nobody’s Business (4:03); Early In The Morning (7:57); Why I Sing The Blues (6:32); The Thrill Is Gone (6:24); When Love Comes To Town (4:01); Guess Who (2:33); Peace To The World (4:11).

Officially released on DVD STANDING ROOM ONLY. Great concert in brilliant sound quality.



10 November 1990                         New York, Apollo Theater, with Gene Morris and the Philip Morris Superband

 

 When Love Comes To Town (4:40); Sweet Sixteen (7:20); The Thrill Is Gone (3:30); Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness (2:40); ); Payin' The Cost To The Boss (2:20); All Over Again (7:28); Night Life (3:56); Since I Met You Baby (3:50); Guess Who (4:57); Peace To The World (2:53).

 

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Custom Made (6:32); Two I Shoot (3:54); B.B. King Blues (2:00); Let The Good Time Roll (2:54); Payin' The Cost To The Boss (5:37); Into The Night (4:07); Darlin' You Know I Love You (9:00); Ain't Nobody's Business (5:31); All Over Again (8:47); Why I Sing The Blues (6:07); Early In The Morning (7:48); Since I Met You Baby (9:34); The Thrill Is Gone (7:20); Please Accept My Love (2:32); When Love Comes To Town (4:02); Peace To The World (7:28); Everyday I Have The Blues (13:02); Ain't Nobody's Bizness (11:20); Shake, Rattle And Roll (7:48); When The Saints Go Marching In (5:31).

 

 

Ain't Nobody's Business (8:08); The Thrill Is Gone (14:22); Rock Me Baby (10:28); How Blue Can You Get? (5:09); When The Saints Go Marching In (4:37).

 



11 September 1991                         Portland, Oregon, Rose Garden

 

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BBC FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



3 March 1992                         Stockholm, Sweden, Circus

 

 

 

 

Back In L.A. (5:53); Chains Of Love (8:16); Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (15:56); Please Accept My Love (2:31); The Thrill Is Gone (6:40); The Blues Comes Over Me (14:36); When Love Comes To Town (5:03).

Semi-official release WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN. This mono recording comes from a television broadcast of German station WDR. That great performance should be available in stereo but otherwise it’s perfect.



19 August 1992                         Santa Fe, New Mexico, Paolo Soleri Amphitheater

 

Instrumental (6:54); Instrumental (3:15); B.B. King Intro (4:42); Chains Of Love (9:12); Back In L.A. (6:10); Instrumental (5:08); Out Of My Neighborhood (6:05); Rock Me Baby (6:19); ); The Thrill Is Gone (10:24); When Love Comes To Town (9:56).

 

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



31 December 1992                         West Palm Beach, Florida, Carefree Theatre

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



July 1993                         Göteborg, Sweden, Lisebergshallen

 

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1 July 1992                         Nice, France, Jazz Festival

 

 

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FM broadcast (23 minutes). [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



2 July 1993                         La Coruña, Spain

 

 

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



15 July 1993                         Montreux, Switzerland, Auditorium Stravinsky, Montreux Jazz Festival

Intro (3:04); Two I Shoot Blues; B.B. King Intro; Let The Good Times Roll; When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) (3:04); Chains Of Love (8:00); Caldonia (9:48); All Over Again; Since I Met You Baby (4:46); Playin' With My Friends (4:23); Ain't Nobody Home (5:04); Why I Sing The Blues; I’m A Blues Man (Understand); Rock Me Baby (7:41); Please Accept My Love (5:30); The Thrill Is Gone (2:28).

A classic Montreux concert in brilliant quality. A large part of the concert was released many years ago as a bootleg by Swingin’ Pig Records. Officially released in 2009 on DVD LIVE IN MONTREUX 1993. This is certainly one of his best concerts ever.



18 July 1992                         Vitoria, Spain, Jazz Festival

 

 

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TV broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



28 August 1993                         Woodlands, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



10 November 1993                         Bremerhaven, Germany, Stadthalle

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



25 March 1994                         Bonn, Germany, Biskuithalle, WDR Rockpalast

Six Pack (10:01); Two I Shoot (2:21); Let The Good Times Roll (3:16); Stormy Monday (9:15); Playing With My Friends (5:10); Darling You Know I Love You (6:35); Ain't Nobody Home (5:16); Nightlife (7:27); We're Gonna Make It (6:34); Why I Sing The Blues (7:17); I’m a Blues Man (Understand) (9:38); How Blue Can You Get (4:34); Rock Me Baby (5:04); Please Accept My Love (3:18); The Thrill Is Gone (16:51); When Love Comes To Town (13:43).

Again recorded by German radio station WDR, this features a complete concert in the usual brilliant quality



27 March 1994                         Mannheim, Germany, Rosengarten, Mozartsaal

 

 

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



4 July 1994                         Wien (Vienna), Austria, Fraudenau

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



24 September 1994                         Los Angeles, California, Universal City

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



10 July 1995                         Montreux, Switzerland, Auditorium Stravinsky, Montreux Jazz Festival

Intro (1:15); Let The Good Times Roll (3:48); Stormy Monday (11:50); Playing With My Friends 4:52; Instrumental (5:45); We’re Gonna Make It (5:58); Rock me baby (6:28); Guess who (3:42); The Thrill Is Gone 26:13) with Wilson Pickett (vocals) and Yvonne Jackson (vocals).

 



21 July 1995                         Pori, Finland, Kirjurinluoto

 

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



25 July 1995                         San Sebastian, Spain, Plaza de la Trinidad

 

 

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FM broadcast (27 minutes). [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



19 September 1995                         Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



11 March 1996                         Warszawa, Poland, Congress Hall

Instrumental (5:42)l; Intro (4:05); Let The Good Times Roll (2:57); Stormy Monday (7:10); When It All Comes Down (7:03); Darling You Know I Love You (7:35); Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (3:24); Five Long Years (8:01); Instrumental (8:10); We’re Gonna Make It (4:34); I’m A Blues Man (Understand) (6:11); Whole Lotta Lovin’ (4:36); Why I Sing The Blues (9:58); Inbstrumental (3:31); Sweet Little Angel (2:37); Rock Me Baby (5:13); Guess Who (5:50); The Thrill Is Gone (14:17); When Love Comes To Town m(6:27).

Soundwise one of the best live recordings, this is just brilliant!



21 July 1996                         St. Juan-les-Pins, France, 36ieme Festival de Jazz et Blues Antibes

 

 

Let The Good Times Roll (1:38); When It All Comes Down (7:14); Five Long Years (8:32); We're Gonna Make It (4:42); Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do (9:32); Guess Who (5:00); Rock Me Baby (4:20); Instrumental Improvisation (with Gary More & Luther Allison)/The Thrill Is Gone (10:01); When The Saints Go Marchin' In (with Gary More & Luther Allison) (2:54).

Apparently the sound was ripped from a TV broadcast. On my copy the sound quality was somewhat dull so it was no pleasure to listen to.



10 March 1997                         Stockholm, Sweden, Circus

 

 

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FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



27 July 1997                         Stuttgart, Liederhalle, Jazz Open

Intro (2:02); Let The Good Times Roll (2:54); Stormy Monday (6:26); Whole Lotta Loving (5:36); Blues We Like (8:27); Please Accept My Love (2:25); Why I Sing The Blues (7:44); All Over Again (3:05); Catfish/Early In The Morning (10:57); Rock Me Baby/The Thrill Is Gone (15:38); Outro (4:11).

 


December 1997                         Las Vegas, Nevada, Desert Inn

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



22 January 1999                         New York, Blue Note Club (early show)

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1 June 1999                         Modena, Italy, Parco Novi Sad, Luciano Pavarotti charity concert

Let The Good Times Roll (3:45); The Thrill Is Gone (with Luciano Pavarotti) (4:40).

Officially released on the CD PAVAROTTI AND FRIENDS FOR GUATEMALA AN’D KOSOVO. Most probably this is no real live recording because most of the artists sang along to pre-recorded tapes which are also listed for B.B. King. The version of ‘Let the good times roll’, played without brass, could be very interesting and swings really but is marred by some female background vocals. And you better forget ‘The thrill is gone’ which as a duet is syrupy and just horrible. This recording is for die-hard fans only.



20 June 1999                         Indianapolis, Indiana, Jazz & Roots Festival

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



3 July 1999                         London, Royal Albert Hall

Introduction By Paul Jones (0:15); Let The Good Times Roll (3:17); Why I Sing The Blues (7:02); I'll Survive (6:33); Bad Case Of Love (6:54); Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (5:03); My Gal Keeps Me Crying/I Got To Love Somebody (9:13); Instrumental/When The Saints Go Marching In (6:33); Please Accept My Love (5:33); How Blue Can You Get? (5:36).

 



7 July 1999                         Montreux, Switzerland, Stravinsky Auditorium, Montreux Jazz Festival

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



29 July 1999                         Antibes, France, Blues Festival

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



August 1999                         Las Vegas, Nevada, House Of Blues

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



10 July 2000                         Sopot, Poland, Opera Leśna

Instrumental (11:47); Intro B.B. King (3:55); I’ll Survive (12:00); Peace Of Mind (6:34); Caledonia 4:12); Instrumental (3:53); Early In The Morning (8:19); Ain’t That Just Like A Woman (3:33); I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (5:31); How Blue Can You Get? (3:37); The Thrill Is Gone (5:27); I Don’t Love You Anymore (3:22); I Got To Love Somebody (4:22); Please Accept My Love (4:07); Rock Me Baby (15:01).

 


12 July 2000                         Montreux, Switzerland, Stravinsky Auditorium, Montreux Jazz Festival

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



26 July 2000                         San Sebastian, Spain, Jazz Festival

Intro; Let The Good Times Roll; I'll Survive; Bad Case Of Love; Peace Of Mind; The Thrill Is Gone; I Know; Don't Go No Further; Please Accept My Love; Makin' Love Is Good For You.

 



2 December 2000                         Morgantown, West Virginia, University of West Virginia

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



30 June 2001                         Bellinzona, Switzerland, Piazza Blues Festival

Instrumental (5:22); Ain`t No Love In The Heart Of The City (7:56); B.B.King Jam (2:25); Let The Good Times Roll (3:03); I`ll Survive (6:42); Bad Case Of Love (7:09); Peace Of Mind (7:22); Caledonia (4:56); Summertime (4:12); Early In The Morning (4:39); Ain`t That Just Like A Woman (3:40); You Are My Sunshine (1:55); How Blue Can You Get (4:51); Days Of Old (3:28); Key To The Highway (4:24); The Thrill Is Gone (4:12); I Know (3:24); Don`t Go No Farther (4:44); Please Accept My Love (4:35); Makin` Love Is Good For You (8:50).

 

 

11 July 2001                         Montreux, Switzerland, Stravinsky Auditorium, Montreux Jazz Festival

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



30 December 2001                         Clearwater, Florida, Ruth Eckerd Hall

 

 

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[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



July 2004                         Montreux, Switzerland, Montreux Jazz Festival

Why I Sing The Blues (8:08); (6:24); Reflections (7:19); Bad Case Of Love (3:44); Band Introductions (1:11); Please Accept My Love (8:14); When Love Comes To Town (8:53); Instrumental (9:52); Instrumental (2:52); Early In The Morning (5:10); Key To The Highway (6:44); Rock Me Baby (4:46); The Thrill Is Gone (4:11).

Although this is an excellent soundboard as usual from the Montreux Jazz Festival, B.B. King's voice now shows some strains. In concert he was still great, and his skills as a top entertainer which equals those as a performer shine throughout the album. Unfortunately my copy has a whistling tone in the background which disturbs the listening pleasure. For me, the highlight is his version of ‘Key to the highway’.







Thanks to everyone who supplied information, including those people who published it on the Internet. The comments are copyright of Eberhard Fritz.

 

 

[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



16 December 2001                         Burlington, Vermont, Flynn Theater

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



12 March 1998                         New York, Intrepid Air & Space Museum

Intro (1:55); Let The Good Times Roll (2:58); Why I Sing The Blues (3:26); I'll Survive (7:40); Since I Met You Baby (7:08); The Thrill Is Gone (3:31); Please Accept My Love (4:03); How Blue Can You Get? (2:47); Rock Me Baby (8:42).

 



22 April 1998                         Munich, Germany, Circus Krone

Let the Good Times Roll (2:40); Why I Sing the Blues (5:34); Ain't Nobody Home (7:21); Night Life/Please Send Me Someone to Love (8:11); Sweet Little Angel (6:11); I’ve Got A Good Mind To Give Up Living (3:54).

Released on a bootleg BAVARIA IN ROYAL BLUE.



3 September 1998                         Tinley Park, Illinois, New World Music Theater

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



6 January 1998                         New York, Blue Note Club

 

[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



12 December 1993                         Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 



1 December 1992                         Singapore City, Singapore, WTC Harbour Pavilion

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



July 1992                         Leverkusen, Germany

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



13 November 1991                         Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

I Gotta Move Out Of This Neighbourhood (7:50); When Love Comes To Town (4:47). 
Two tracks were officially released in 2008 on the CD LIVE AT THE BBC.

BBC FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



1992                         [Location unknown]

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



16 September 1991                         San Francisco, Great Meadow – Fort Mason

 

 



July 1991                         Hamburg, Jazz Port

 

FM broadcast. [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



12 July 1991                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

 

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1991                         Newport, Rhode Island, Jazz Festival

 

Official release LIVE AT THE APOLLO. B.B. King playing with a great brass band seemed like a very good idea but when this was recorded on the last night of a tour his voice was strained and sometimes sounds a bit hoarse. Perhaps there would have been concerts where he was in better shape.



1991                         Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Official release B.B. KING AND SONS LIVE. The intention of that concert was to bring together B.B. King with some of Japan's young top musicians. The resulting top-notch recording was released by the magazine GUITAR PLAYER as an extra gift. They should have released it officially. B.B. matches perfectly with his Japanese scholars and they play some new songs.



28 August 1990                         Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump Marina Hotel

 

[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



18 July 1990                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

 

 



13 July 1990                         Pistoia, Italy, Blues Festival

 

[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



28 June 1990                         Lugano, Switzerland, Estival Jazz Festival [Guest: Dizzy Gillespie]

 

Official release of ‘Let The Good Times Roll‘ and ‘The Thrill Is Gone‘ on rare ‚ticket‘ CD for a BB King concert at Luxemburg. One of the great Montreux concerts, this was recorded by Swiss radio station DRS. The concert was so good that two tracks were released officially but are hard to find. As always at Montreux, B.B. King shines throughout.



1990                         Lisbon, Portugal. (with Rui Veloso)

 

FM broadcast (35 minutes). [Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



13 July 1989                         Montreux, Switzerland, Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival

 

[Apparently a soundboard recording. If you have any information please let me know]



6 May 1989                         Houston, Texas, Rockefeller's
 
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