Sunday, March 23, 2008

Must have albums for your collection - Indianola Mississippi Seeds

Indianola Mississippi Seeds - B.B. King

Joe Walsh (rhythm guitar), Carole King (piano/electric piano), Leon Russell (piano/electric piano), Bryan Garofalo (bass) and Russ Kunkel (drums)

Angelic Chorus - Merry Clayton, Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews and Venetta Fields.

Strings and Horns arranged by Jimmie Haskell

Original Release Date: 1970

Indianola Mississippi Seeds is one of the most highly regarded blues pop/rock crossover albums of all time. BB himself has said that he thinks it's the best album that he's done artistically.

Although I love BB's "Live at Cook County Jail" for straight up house rockin' blues, Indianola Mississippi Seeds is an album by a master at the top of his game. With an all star lineup, the music is rich and multilayered with horns, strings and backing vocals, and BB and Lucille glide through it all in a smooth and powerful way.

My favorite cuts on the album are "You're Still My Woman", "Kings Special" and "Hummingbird". I love the stark contrast in the transition from the solo piece "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (And She Could Be Jiving Too)" into the complexity of "You're Still My Woman", and King's guitar work on this track reaches in and tickles the pleasure centers of my brain.

The cover art on this album, complete with a copy of Riley King's birth certificate on the inside, won the Grammy for Best Album Package - Album Cover, Graphic Arts and Photography in '71.

Indianola Mississippi Seeds is a true "must have" for your music collection.

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