AOTW: B.B. King-Spotlight On Lucille


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05-22-2005, 05:37 PM
Here is my AOTW on B.B. King?s masterpiece, Spotlight on Lucille. I?ve decided to do this review on this album because of how unique it is compared to other blues albums.

About the Album:
The album was released between 1960 and 1961. This album was created with the intentions that the album title carries. I really have a mutual connection with the album because B.B. shares the same thoughts about blues guitar as I do. When I play my guitar I?m not just plucking the notes to match the key of the rhythm section. My guitar sings for me and it is an extension of my character. B.B. felt that Lucille should have her spotlight unshared by anyone. This is why this entire album is one big instrumental passion-driven expulsion of love for the blues and jazz which is what I like to think is being done when I play the blues.

1. Slidin? and Glidin?- Great way to start the album off. Nice and
slow with a great horn section. Really shows
how B.B. integrates jazz with blues guitar.

2. Blues with B.B.- Once again, a slow song with a jazzy bass line.
B.B. is a little conservative with the guitar fills
but each one has as much soul as a thousand

3. King of the Guitar- Here we have a nice Albert King feel (not
saying Albert King came first its just there for
a point of reference). All of the runs B.B.
makes here show how he is ?king of the
guitar?. Each note cuts right through the

4. Jump With B.B.- Nice jumpy, swing beat. One of my favorite
tracks. Here the piano and the horn section
has the best parts. The guitar is very clear and

5. 38th Street Blues- Really energetic song. Just makes you
wanna dance and not care who

6. Feedin? the Rock- Nice jazzy rhythm. Upbeat but not too fast.

7. Just Like a Woman- This is a really fun blues beat. Makes me
think of a blues bar that I go to where
money doesn?t matter the least and people
just play. There is a little bit of shouting in
the background as well that gives it that
unscripted feel.

8. Step It Up- This song shows how B.B. really does know how to
take advantage of one note. Somewhat slow but
not really a minor progression.

9. Calypso Jazz- This is one of two songs on this album that bring
me to my home of New Orleans. Absolutely love
all of the instruments in this song.

10. Easy Listening Blues- Once again this brings my imagination to
an old hole-in-the-wall blues joint out in
Chicago. Very relaxing tone on Lucille?s

11. Shoutin? the Blues- This is the second song that gives me that
Big Easy sound. This beat is so jazzy and
bluesy at the same time. Lots of attitude.

12. Powerhouse- Reminds me of the 50?s swing era. My favorite
use of the wind instruments by far. B.B. really
does know how to get everything in place.
Almost somewhat of a composition.

Basically this album is a great representation of B.B. King?s ability as a musician and a blues master. Some songs may sound the same to someone who may be new to the blues but for someone who knows what the blues is about you will spot the unique sounds and emotions in every song.

05-22-2005, 05:41 PM
Great review, I have to remember to pick up that album when I go to the record store.

05-22-2005, 05:45 PM
Nice review, concise and to the point. I'ma have to look into this one. Thanks mate!


05-22-2005, 05:56 PM
This sounds right up my alley, I'll be sure to pick it up next time I'm out. Thanks for the info. I like how you didn't over-write it. You were very clear and organised, good job. :cheers:

05-22-2005, 09:30 PM
Thanks guys. Just a little advice on finding the record if your interested. You may wanna ask around first. I had to get Tower Records to order it. I guess it hasn't really been marketed much since the vinyl. But then again, what else is new with good blues music.

05-23-2005, 05:28 PM
Great job, man. Nice and to the point. Good descriptions on all the songs.

05-23-2005, 09:38 PM
Sounds great. Maybe I'll pick this up if I see it in stores. I always say I'm gonna pick up a good blues cd to start me off, but I never have, but this really sounds good. Great review.

Steve Cropper
05-24-2005, 08:07 PM
Very cool album. Good job with the descriptions Brandon.

05-26-2005, 11:47 PM
Great album. Got it a while ago on iTunes Musci Store. Half the songs make my 'Best of Blues' playlist.

For those of you without it, it's pretty much the bread and butter of BB's playing style.

05-29-2005, 11:39 AM
Sweet review, i need to listen to some more B. B. King. :cheers:

05-29-2005, 10:30 PM
sounds great..ill have to check it out

05-31-2005, 12:41 AM
Now that I think about it, the descriptions of the songs are a bit lackluster.... but whatever. No difference.

06-04-2005, 12:08 PM
great review man.....i hope to get this album

i got a bb king dvd live at jazz central and when he plays his guitar theres so much feeling in every bend.... truly the king of blues

06-16-2005, 01:10 AM
i love this album, and your review is nice, great job, couldnt have done better myself

Stetson N Blues
06-28-2005, 10:35 AM
Great review and that's an awesome album btw

i got all BB King albums so i'd say that this is not his best but one of the greatest

07-27-2005, 02:57 PM
^^^*reported* :rolleyes:

07-27-2005, 02:57 PM
^x2WTF? Reported

And nice Review BTW :cheers:

EDIT: Oops, I think we posted at the same time :p:

07-27-2005, 02:59 PM
^^^Yea, we reported at the same time. Sorry about that mods.

07-27-2005, 10:49 PM
What were you reporting?

07-27-2005, 10:50 PM
^^^Some retard came in and posted the letter "Q" all the way down the page. Apperently it was deleted.

07-27-2005, 10:51 PM
Oh... I was wondering if you were reporting Stetson. I thought that was a bit harsh. But, I guess I was wrong.

07-27-2005, 11:50 PM
Very nice! :cheers:

Seeing this thread and looking at the burned copy of this record sitting on my desk that my dad made for me makes me want to pick up this album for real. I must do so.


07-28-2005, 09:40 PM
^good it is a very good album especially for the blues "impaired" if you will.

07-30-2005, 05:39 PM
he signed my guitars but i need him to signed them again
most likey u guys wont believe me but its the truth

07-31-2005, 09:53 AM
^by he you mean B.B. King? If so I believe you. I got one of my guitars signed by him. :cheers:

10-09-2005, 03:54 PM
Anyone else feel like doing an AOTW?

10-09-2005, 05:00 PM
I suppose I could maybe try one, I've never done one before, so I could use a few pointers I guess.

I think I would want to do my number one record, Soul to Soul. (Stevie Ray)

10-09-2005, 11:01 PM
Actually, I will do one. Just like said, I would need a bit of help on what I need to do exactly.

But, instead of Stevie (im sure most of you are tired of hearing about Stevie Ray :( ), I will do Keb' Mo's Just Like You.

10-10-2005, 06:58 PM
^^^Cool! I'll be looking forward to that. I have his album "Keep it Simple," so i might look into getting that one.

10-10-2005, 07:22 PM
^Keep It Simple is bloody fantastic, but Just Like You is my favorite, followed by Slow Down.

I'll get started on the AOTM either tonight, or tommorow. Should be finished in a day or two.


11-03-2005, 09:41 AM
If you don't do it, or aren't goin to for a little, let me know, because I'll do one for Buddy Guy - "Blues Singer" when i get home from school.

11-03-2005, 05:40 PM
Im really sorry guys, its just been way hectic with school right now, I cant find time to finish it. :( I have about half of the record done, but Im not sure when I'll be finished, school is just crazy right now. I could probably finish it up this weekend, but if your already done with Blues Singer, then go for it. I'll post mine next month then.

Sorry once again guys. :cheers:

11-03-2005, 06:10 PM
haha nah i haven't even started, so ill wait my turn like a good little boy :)

12-11-2005, 04:52 PM
Great album. Great job :cheers:

02-14-2006, 12:14 PM
nice review...Keep fighting the good fight and informing everyone on good blues albums...I'd really hate to miss one : (

02-14-2006, 10:55 PM
:D ..ok def inlove....but i am new to this tuff i have been playing guitar for only threer years and i totaly master eddie van halen..thats some skill.. ;) well peace out yo..

02-22-2006, 03:03 PM
Hey has anyone heard about BB King's dog Lucille?

He lost it, and is offering a signed Lucille to whoever finds it. I believe it'd be from his personal collection too.

03-21-2006, 05:42 PM
hey well this has slowly died again...i'll see if i can revive it...

can anybody post a review here? or do we need to tell one of the mods or something...just being cautious cause i don't wanna get banned again!

there are a few records i'm thinking of reviewing:
Texas Flood - SRV
Me & Mr. Johnson - Eric Clapton
The Blues - Eric Clapton
Hideaway: The Best of Freddie King - Freddie King
The Best of Little Walter - Little Walter
Live in Montreux - Buddy Guy
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

Let me know which of these you'd like to see reviewed and i'll try to get them done asap.

cheers guys, lets get the Blues & Jazz forum going again...coz "jazz ain't dead it just smells funny"

03-23-2006, 01:21 PM
^Kind of Blue.

03-23-2006, 02:43 PM
^^^That would be a nice one. I'm thinking about picking that album up.

03-24-2006, 02:28 PM
sweet i'll get to it...may take a while cause i'm a little busy at the i'll get there eventually

06-05-2006, 08:34 AM
I Need this Album.


Cal UK
07-04-2006, 06:34 AM
Sounds great. Maybe I'll pick this up if I see it in stores. I always say I'm gonna pick up a good blues cd to start me off, but I never have, but this really sounds good. Great review.

Yeah that sounds a lot like me I never remember to pick up that blues CD I'm after.

09-04-2006, 11:51 AM
I'm going to see BB TODAY!!!!!!!:headbang:

09-05-2006, 06:30 PM
I'm going to see BB TODAY!!!!!!!:headbang:
How was it?

11-22-2006, 07:57 PM
I missed his last UK tour, I decided to see Eric Clapton instead.

How I regret that decision.

Great album.

12-20-2006, 09:16 AM

bb king gets freedom award.

12-20-2006, 03:02 PM
Just curious... how come this thread wasnt removed when I posted the new AOTM for Albert Collins? This one has been up here forever...