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Take It Home - B.B. King

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Genre: Blues - Modern Blues / Artist: B.B. King / Original recording remastered / Audio CD released 2003-03-03 at Universal IMS

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      24.04.2010 17:52
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      Good album.

      **Introduction**

      As one of Music's longest serving musicians BB King has released countless big records as well as working with some of his fellow greats in Blues like Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, well the list just goes on and on. His more recent material was what introduced me to his music in the first place so I wanted to listen to more of his extensive back catalogue and this is one album Which I checked out. His enduring voice and guitar playing is what is the key to his Music and in recent years he has shown no signs of slowing down despite being in his eighties.

      **Take it Home**

      Take it Home was recorded in late 1978 and early 1979 and was released On MCA Records in 1979. The album was co written with Will Jennings and Joe Sample with BB contributing on two songs "The Beginning of the End" and"Tonight I'm Gonna Make You a Star" In which King replaced Sample on writing duties. This album features a more pop-oriented sound than much of BB's work of the time. The album was produced with the help of Joe Sample. The album was re mastered and re released in 1998.

      1 Better Not Look Down
      2 Same Old Story
      3 Happy Birthday Blues
      4 I've Always Been Lonely
      5 Second Hand Woman
      6 Tonight I'm Gonna Make You A Star
      7 Beginning Of The End
      8 Story Everybody Knows
      9 Take It Home

      **My View**

      1.) Better Not Look Down

      Here's the first track and We get things under-way with this catchy track which opens with a gentle beat and BB's distinctive licks. The female backing singers add a really nice touch as their flowing vocals work well with the chorus. This track has a very pleasant feel and gets things off to a very good start.

      2.) Same Old Story (Same old song)

      This is a very good track indeed and a contender for best track on the album. It features BB's soaring vocals backed by his fine guitar work and the seven-piece horn section and the female backup singers add a really impressive touch to this which is undoubtedly one of the highlights and a very enjoyable track indeed with a fine solo towards the end.

      3.) Happy Birthday Blues

      This is a funky blues track which has a very good melody and is one of the catchier tracks on "Take It Home". This is about having a bad day on your birthday and wanting to kick those blues away and have a good time. I like the way that this track progresses and the mood feels a lot happier towards the end of the track. Good stuff.

      4.) I've Always Been Lonely

      This is a fantastic track which slows down the album with a more typical BB King track. The wonderful musical backing is a key to the overall quality and delivery of this track. It's about looking for anyone to get you out of those lonely blues which we all feel from time to time. This is another contender for best track on the album and is the longest track on the album.

      5.) Second Hand Woman

      This is a catchy flowing track about when you meet a woman who has been through a tough relationship before and you can relate to each other. I really like the female backing vocals which interact well with the vocals from BB King. This track is a very pleasant listen and is up there with the best on the album.

      6.) Tonight I'm Gonna Make You A Star

      This is the first of the two co-written tracks from Will Jennings and BB King. This track is about taking a shine to a new guitar and wanting to do the best for them. This is clearly referencing the relationship between a couple. I love the backing instrumentation which really adds a lovely touch to the song especially the saxophone solo towards the end.

      7.) The Beginning of The End

      This is the shortest track on the album at just 2 minutes and 22 seconds. It's a fine little ditty about when a relationship starts to go downhill and it's the beginning of the end of the relationship between the two. This is a very emotive track and the superb Delivery from BB King really takes this track to great heights.

      8.) A Story Everbody Knows

      This is a little departure from the album with a little bit of 70's soul here. The overall feel of this one is very good indeed and it showcases the superb way in which BB can mix different styles of Music into one. This is another short song at 2 minutes 47 seconds but it's long enough to get the flow and overall quality of the track.

      9.) Take It Home

      The title track is what ends the album here and this is a very good Jazzy Blues track which has a confident flow. This opens with a lovely instrumental which then leads into BB's emotive vocal which develops throughout the song. This track ends the album really well. A good end to a good album.

      **Overall**

      This is quite a short album with nine tracks lasting just 34:46. That doesn't stop the album from being very good indeed. The standout tracks are undoubtedly the likes of "Better Not Look Down", "The Beginning of the End" and "Same Old Story (Same Old Song)". The only real slight disappointments for me with this album are the slight lack of more guitar virtuosity from BB King and also the shortness of the album. These don't block the enjoyment from this album much but it's enough for a one star drop and I would probably have rated it 3 and a half stars if I could but four stars is not too much in my opinion. In summing up this is a very good album and one which I would recommend to anyone who's a BB King fan.

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        30.03.2010 20:14
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        Average blues album

        B.B. King is considered by many to be one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. Best known for the fantastic 'The Thrill is Gone' he would spend most of the 70's and 80's making average albums - this is one of them.
        B.B King's 1979 album 'Take It Home' has been my record of choice this week. Its a pretty obscure release, but is easily accessible and was a bit of a contrast to last week's Budgie album.

        The majority of the tracks were written by Will Jennings and Joe Sample. Jennings has since become semi-famous, but certainly mega rich for writing songs like Steve Winwood's 'Higher Love', co-writing Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven' and the gut-wrenchingly awful Celine Dion chart-topper 'My Heart Will Go On.' Joe Sample was a member of blues outfit The Crusaders.

        Better Not Look Down is an excellent laid back blues classic that shows King's humour as well as excellent guitar style. 'If the arrows from cupid's bow that had passed through her heart had been sticking Out of her body she would have looked like a porcupine,' he croons throughout the song. Unfortunately the quality of the songs don't really live up to this first track. This is a bit of a shame, but there are some other songs to liven the atmosphere.

        'Same Old Story (Same Old Song)' is a decent song, but became a little stale by the fourth or fifth hearing. Better was the slow blues track 'I've Always Been Lonely' which included some stunning piano playing.
        Blues at the end of the 70's was not really that popular and you can hear a certain amount of other modern influences on the album, but at heart it's a BB King LP through and through. There's nothing particularly extraordinary or revolutionary about the album either.

        It's a good album, but not great. By all accounts his 1982 Nashville themed 'Love Me Tender' album was his nadir before an early 90's comeback, so at this point he was starting to lose direction. Unless you specifically want this album for your collection you might just want to go for a greatest hits collection - at least there you will get 'The Thrill Is Gone' as well as this album's 'Better Not Look Down.'

        Take It Home is available now for £7.49 from amazon.co.uk.

        * "Better Not Look Down" (Will Jennings, Joe Sample) - 3:22
        * "Same Old Story (Same Old Song)" (Jennings, Sample) - 4:32
        * "Happy Birthday Blues" (Jennings, Sample) - 3:15
        * "I've Always Been Lonely" (Jennings, Sample) - 5:28
        * "Second Hand Woman" (Jennings, Sample) - 3:20
        * "Tonight I'm Gonna Make You a Star" (Jennings, King) - 3:26
        * "The Beginning of the End" (Jennings, King) - 2:21
        * "A Story Everybody Knows" (Stix Hooper, Jennings) - 2:47
        * "Take It Home" (Wilton Felder, Jennings) - 3:07

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Better Not Look Down
        2 Same Old Story
        3 Happy Birthday Blues
        4 I've Always Been Lonely
        5 Second Hand Woman
        6 Tonight I'm Gonna Make You A Star
        7 Beginning Of The End
        8 Story Everybody Knows
        9 Take It Home