Eric Clapton & B.B. King release ‘Riding with the King,’ their first collaborative album (2000)

‘Riding with the King’ by Eric Clapton & B.B. King is their first collaborative album released on June 13, 2000 by Duck / Reprise.

Track Listing : 1.Riding With The King (John Hiatt) – 04:23 . 2.Ten Long Years (Jules Taub, B.B. King) – 04:40 . 3.Key To The Highway (Big Bill Broonzy, Charlie Segar) – 03:39 . 4.Marry You (Doyle Bramhall Ii, Susannah Melvoin, Craig Ross, Charlie Segar) – 04:59 . 5.Three O’Clock Blues (Lowell Fulson, B.B. King, Jules Taub) – 08:36 . 6.Help The Poor (Charles Singleton) – 05:06 . 7.I Wanna Be (Doyle Bramhall Ii, Charlie Sexton) – 04:45 . 8.Worried Life Blues (Sam Hopkins, Big Maceo Merriweather) – 04:25 . 9.Days Of Old (Jules Taub, B.B. King) – 03:00 . 10.When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer (B.B. King, Jules Taub) – 07:09 . 11.Hold On, I’M Comin’ (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 06:20 . 12.Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 04:11

Musicians : B.B. King – Vocals, Guitar . Eric Clapton – Vocals, Guitar . Doyle Bramhall Ii – Guitar, Background Vocals . Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar . Jimmie Vaughan – Guitar . Joe Sample – Piano, Wurlitzer Piano . Tim Carmon – Organ . Nathan East – Bass . Steve Gadd – Drums . Susannah Melvoin – Background Vocals . Wendy Melvoin – Background Vocals . Paul Waller – Programming

Production : Produced By Eric Clapton, Simon Climie . Alan Douglas – Engineer, Mixer . Tom Sweeney – Engineering Assistant . Mick Guzauski – Mixer

Package : Robert Sebree – Photography . Don Paulsen – Photography . Wherefore Art? – Design . Stephen Walker – Direction

Recorded 1999 – 2000.

Released On June 13, 2000 By Duck / Reprise.


The Graham Weekly Album Review
The other minor complaint I have concerns the recorded sound — there is some noticeable distortion that shouldn’t be there, especially on B.B. King‘s guitar and vocals on a few tracks, though not on all. Also the acoustic bass, which should provide a great old-time blues sound ends up sounding anemic and indistinct […]

Somewhere, I think I was hoping to hear something more lo-fi, something more like a backporch collaboration. But after just a couple of listens, Riding with the King gives me so much more. […]
That said, it would be a worthy addition to any blues libraryand is an admirable showcase for two brilliant guitarists. And for driving music, there’s nothing better than Riding With the King. […]


‘Riding with the King’ by Eric Clapton & B.B. King



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