BB King And Eric Clapton – Riding With The King

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Album Review by EDF

Two of the best blues guitarists around, King and Clapton have always had a respect and a longing to record an album together. If it’s the blues you want, then you have come to the right place.

While either King or Clapton has recorded some of these songs in the past, all the tracks are cover versions. KEY TO THE HIGHWAY, a Big Bill Broonzy number, is given enough respect to do it justice. THREE O’CLOCK BLUES is an old blues number, which B.B. King made his own back in the ‘50’s. If you are wondering, it does sound like it was recorded at 3 in the morning.

With I WANNA BE and DAYS OF OLD the ole rhythm & blues kick in. WORRIED LIFE BLUES is a stripped down acoustic track, which is such a treat, you would get out your black suit out as a form of respect.

Overall this is one blues album that should be in people’s collection. As they say, they just don’t make them like that anymore. Which is a shame because with B.B. King’s help, old slow-hand Eric Clapton has found the blues once more. Hopefully he will keep it up.

5 stars