Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nightwatcher's House Of Rock's Top 10 Albums Of 2008 : #2 B.B. King - One Kind Favor

B.B. King - One Kind Favor - The 82 year old King Of The Blues strikes back with his best album in years on this T Bone Burnette produced effort. By design made to sound similar to B.B.'s classic 40's and 50's blues cuts, his lead work is stellar, and he actually sounds interested for the first time in God knows when. The accompaniment, cut mostly live in the studio, features long time Eric Clapton collaborator bassist Nathan East and studio drum legend Jim Keltner, and when you add in an appearance by Dr. John, it all adds up to not only among of the finest from this blues legend, but easily the best traditional blues album of the year.

Put up front and center, and sans strings which sometimes characterize his recent work, King restates affirmatively why among blues guitarists, he stands above the crowded throng as the true master. Once the first track begins, a cover of Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," you'll be sucked in, and won't emerge until the final notes. With B.B. in outstanding form both vocally and chops - wise, you truly can't go wrong with this offering. Elegant, yet earthy at the same time, if you dig the blues in its finest form, this is an essential addition to your collection.

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