Riding with the King

Riding with the King

Riding with the King

Riding with the King

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Expanded / Bonus Tracks / Anniversary Edition / Reissue)

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The potential for a collaboration between B.B. King and Eric Clapton is enormous, of course, and the real questions concern how it is organized and executed. This first recorded pairing between the 74-year-old King and the 55-year-old Clapton was put together in the most obvious way: Clapton arranged the session using many of his regular musicians, picked the songs, and co-produced with his partner Simon Climie. That ought to mean that King would be a virtual guest star rather than earning a co-billing, but because of Clapton's respect for his elder, it nearly works the other way around. The set list includes lots of King specialties -- "Ten Long Years," "Three O'Clock Blues," "Days of Old," "When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer" -- as well as standards like "Hold on I'm Coming" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," with some specially written and appropriate recent material thrown in, so King has reason to be comfortable without being complacent. The real danger is that Clapton will defer too much; though he can be inspired by a competing guitarist such as Duane Allman, he has sometimes tended to lean too heavily on accompanists such as Albert Lee and Mark Knopfler when working with them in concert. That danger is partially realized; as its title indicates, Riding With the King is more about King than it is about Clapton. But the two players turn out to have sufficiently complementary, if distinct, styles so that Clapton's supportive role fills out and surrounds King's stinging single-string playing. (It's also worth noting that there are usually another two or three guitarists on each track.) The result is an effective, if never really stunning, work. ~ William Ruhlmann

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2020
Label: Rhino / Warner Bros.
UPC: 0093624895206
Rank: 8317


Disc 1

  1. Riding With the King
  2. Ten Long Years
  3. Key to the Highway
  4. Marry You
  5. Three O'Clock Blues
  6. Help the Poor
  7. I Wanna Be

Disc 2

  1. Worried Life Blues
  2. Days of Old
  3. When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer
  4. Hold on I'm Coming
  5. Come Rain or Come Shine
  6. Rollin' and Tumblin'
  7. Let Me Love You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

B.B. King   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Electric)
Nathan East   Guest Artist,Bass,Bass (Upright),Vocals (Background)
Steve Gadd   Guest Artist,Drums
Joe Sample   Guest Artist,Piano,Wurlitzer,Fender Rhodes
Jimmie Vaughan   Guest Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Guitar,Vocals (Background)
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Organ (Hammond)
Doyle Bramhall II   Guitar,Vocals (Background)
David Sancious   Guitar,Keyboards
Wendy Melvoin   Vocals (Background)
Billy Preston   Keyboards,Organ (Hammond)
Tim Carmon   Organ (Hammond)
Jim Keltner   Drums
Susannah Melvoin   Vocals (Background)

Technical Credits

Alan Douglas   Engineer,Mixing
Simon Climie   Mixing,Producer,Pro-Tools,Surround Sound
David May   Producer
B.B. King   Composer,Lyricist,Group Member
Harold Arlen   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Charlie Bouis   Assistant Engineer
Eric Clapton   Producer,Group Member
Charles Segar   Composer
Doyle Bramhall II   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Sam Hopkins   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Lowell Fulson   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer,Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer,Lyricist
Mick Guzauski   Mixing
Arif Mardin   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Yoshiyasu Kumada   Recording
Paul Walton   Engineer
Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Craig Ross   Composer
Charlie Segar   Composer
Charlie Sexton   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Paul Waller   Drum Programming,String Arrangements
Jules Bihari   Composer,Lyricist
Public Domain   Composer
Tom Bender   Mixing Engineer
Tom Sweeney   Assistant Engineer
Guy Charbonneau   Recording
Willie Dixon   Composer
Don Paulsen   Photography
Robert Sebree   Photography
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Susannah Melvoin   Composer
Takeshi Sasaki   Assistant Engineer
Charles Seger   Composer
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