ARTIST: BB King
TITLE: BB King Wails
YEAR RELEASED: 1959
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: The Woman I Love (#94, #31 R&B) – in 1968!
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: BB King and session musicians
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A relatively short and relatively obscure set from King still showcases his guitar and his exuberance.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Even a minor album such as this can give you some great moments. King’s guitar, and his voice, and his joy are all here even if the songs aren’t the best of his career.
The arrangements, using big band style horn charts, also seems a bit dated. The players (whoever they are) and arrangements are pretty decent. The star, of course, is King, and his guitar shines through no matter what.
This is a minor work, but King fans and blues fans should dig it.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: I have seen three different release dates for the original release, so I’m splitting the difference and keeping it at 1959. This album was re-released twice with different titles in the 60’s and 70’s.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Blues fans will like it.