Well in advance of the Christmas holidays, Geffen Records and Universal Music Enterprises are giving blues lovers plenty to cheer about. Holiday season usually means vinyl boxsets and lavish reissue campaigns. Fans of B.B. King should much easier to shop for this year as 9 lps from the recently deceased blue legend will be available, on vinyl, for the first time in decades. Recorded in the 50s and 60s and long out of print, these albums include B.B. King Wails (1959), B.B. King Sings Spirituals (1960), The Great B.B. King (1960), King of the Blues (1960), My Kind of Blues (1961), More B.B. King (1961), Easy Listening Blues (1962), Blues in My Heart (1962) and B.B. King [aka The Soul of B.B. King] (1963).
Two classic live albums will receive the reissue treatment as well. Live at the Regal, recorded in 1964, and 1970’s Live in Cook County Jail are considered two of the greatest live blues performances ever recorded. Both lps will be available for purchase on Sept. 18.
Lastly, B.B. King’s Deuces Wild, will be released on vinyl for the first time as a double LP gatefold edition. Originally released in 1997, it features collaborations with D’Angelo, the Rolling Stones, Dr. John and many more. The release date for that one is Oct. 9.