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B.B. King
"One Kind Favor"

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Year of Release: 2008

track listing
  • See That My Grave
    Is Kept Clean
  • I Get So Weary
  • Get These Blues Off Me
  • How Many More Years
  • Waiting For Your Call
  • My Love Is Down
  • The World Gone Wrong
  • Blues Before Sunrise
  • Midnight Blues
  • Backwater Blues
  • Sitting On Top
    Of The World
  • Tomorrow Night

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    "One Kind Favor"

    B.B. King marks his official debut as our Album Pick of the Week, with his 2008 release, One Kind Favor The album reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Albums Chart. Yet this would be one his much later releases, listening to this album kinda brought my attention that just maybe King's best or finer albums were recorded in years/decades past. No doubt, King's music is classified as outstanding Blues music, One Kind Favor does have its outstanding moments, but as a whole, there were albums much better than this one.

    Take the first two tracks -- "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and "I Get So Weary" -- Despite the two sad song titles, these two songs seem to have been put together and "just record them." Even the next track has a sad feeling about it - "Get These Blues Off Me."

    However, the next two tracks gets the album better after a slow start: "How Many More Years" and "Waiting For Your Call." Likewise it gets better with the next track, "My Love Is Down."

    "The World Gone Wrong" is a fairly good track, yet "Blues Before Sunrise" is just ok. "Midnight Blues" returns the good momentum, as a good slow-paced Blues tune is heard on "Backwater Blues." "Sitting On Top Of The World" is another very good track, as a Gospel Blues feel ends the album on "Tomorrow Night."

    Maybe B.B. King's best albums were in years or decades past, but One Kind Favor is a fairly good album. It's the Blues, as sad lyric topics have always taken the storylines of common Blues music. B.B. King still performs and records albums. In 2008 he was 83 years old, and today, he is still performing at age 88. I'm sure his touring hasn't been as elaborate as previous ones, yet he still can pack up Blues shows with his great guitar playing, and singing of the Blues. One Kind Favor will be enjoyed, however it just may not be as overwhelming as previous releases.

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