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Better Not Look Down...
Take It Home - B.B. King
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Take It Home - B.B. King
Advantages: Weirdly, Better Not Look Down
Disadvantages: Happy Birthday Blues
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
Summary: Average blues album