B.B. King – Completely Well (1969/2015) [HDTracks 24bit/96kHz]

B.B. King – Completely Well (1969/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:08 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Blues
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Geffen Records
Recorded: June 24-25, 1969, The Hit Factory, New York

Completely Well was B.B. King’s breakthrough album in 1969, which finally got him the long-deserved acclaim that was no less than his due. It contained his signature number, “The Thrill Is Gone,” and eight other tunes, six of them emanating from King’s pen, usually in a co-writing situation. Hardliners point to the horn charts and the overdubbed strings as the beginning of the end of King’s old style that so identifiably earmarked his early sides for the Bihari Brothers and his later tracks for ABC, but this is truly the album that made the world sit up and take notice of B.B. King. The plus points include loose arrangements and a small combo behind him that never dwarfs the proceedings or gets in the way. King, for his part, sounds like he’s having a ball, playing and singing at peak power. This is certainly not the place to start your B.B. King collection, but it’s a nice stop along the way before you finish it.

1 So Excited 5:34
2 No Good 4:35
3 You’re Losin’ Me 4:54
4 What Happened 4:41
5 Confessin’ The Blues 4:56
6 Key To My Kingdom 3:18
7 Cryin’ Won’t Help You Now 6:30
8 You’re Mean 9:39
9 The Thrill Is Gone 5:30

B. B. King – guitar, vocals
Hugh McCracken – guitar
Paul Harris – piano, electric piano, organ
Gerald “Fingers” Jemmott – bass
Herbie Lovelle – drums
Bert “Super Charts” DeCoteaux – string and horn arrangements