King Of The Blues Box Set

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Review Text No way can a mere four discs cover every facet of the blues king's amazing recording career, but MCA makes a valiant stab at it. The first two discs, as expected, are immaculate: opening with his Bullet Records debut ("Miss Martha King"), the box continues with a handful of pivotal RPM/Kent masters before digging into his 1960s ABC-Paramount material ("I'm Gonna Sit in 'til You Give In" and "My Baby's Comin' Home" are little-recalled gems). The hits -- "The Thrill Is Gone," "Why I Sing the Blues," "To Know You Is to Love You" -- are all here, and if much of the fourth disc is pretty disposable, it only mirrors King's own winding down in the studio. ~ Bill Dahl

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Miss Martha King - 3:42
  2. 2. She's Dynamite - 3:31
  3. 3. Three O'Clock Blues - 3:02
  4. 4. Please Love Me - 3:48
  5. 5. You Upset Me Baby - 3:02
  6. 6. Every Day I Have the Blues - 3:48
  7. 7. Rock Me Baby - 3:02
  8. 8. Recession Blues - 2:21
  9. 9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - 3:15
  10. 10. I'm Gonna Sit in 'Til You Give In - 2:13
  11. 11. Blues at Midnight - 3:59
  12. 12. Sneakin' Around - 2:07
  13. 13. My Baby's Comin' Home - 2:08
  14. 14. Slowly Losing My Mind - 3:31
  15. 15. How Blue Can You Get? - 3:42
  16. 16. Rockin' Awhile - 3:44
  17. 17. Help the Poor - 3:38
  18. 18. Stop Leading Me On - 2:22
  19. 19. Never Trust a Woman - 3:37
  20. 20. Sweet Little Angel - 4:50
  21. 21. All over Again - 3:35
  22. 22. Sloppy Drunk - 3:11
  23. 23. Don't Answer the Door, Pts. 1 & 2 - 5:10
  24. 24. I Done Got Wise - 2:20
  25. 25. Think It Over - 3:51
  26. 26. Gambler's Blues - 3:16

CD: 2

  1. 27. Goin' Down Slow - 7:30
  2. 28. Tired of Your Jive - 4:32
  3. 29. Sweet Sixteen, Pts. 1 & 2 - 6:11
  4. 30. Paying the Cost to Be the Boss - 3:33
  5. 31. I'm Gonna Do What They Do to Me - 3:44
  6. 32. Lucille - 10:15
  7. 33. Watch Yourself - 6:49
  8. 34. You Put It on Me - 3:47
  9. 35. Get Myself Somebody - 3:35
  10. 36. I Want You So Bad - 4:13
  11. 37. Why I Sing the Blues - 9:35
  12. 38. Get off My Back, Woman - 3:15
  13. 39. Please Accept My Love - 3:47
  14. 40. Fools Get Wise - 3:39
  15. 41. No Good - 5:36
  16. 42. So Excited - 6:35

CD: 3

  1. 43. Thrill Is Gone - 5:26
  2. 44. Confessin' the Blues - 5:58
  3. 45. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother - 1:26
  4. 46. Hummingbird - 5:36
  5. 47. Ask Me No Questions - 3:09
  6. 48. Chains and Things - 5:53
  7. 49. Eyesight to the Blind - 4:06
  8. 50. Niji Baby - 6:28
  9. 51. Blue Shadows - 5:09
  10. 52. Ghetto Woman - 5:15
  11. 53. Ain't Nobody Home - 3:13
  12. 54. I Got Some Help I Don't Need - 3:26
  13. 55. Five Long Years - 5:13
  14. 56. To Know You Is to Love You - 9:35
  15. 57. I Like to Live the Love - 3:29
  16. 58. Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes - 3:15

CD: 4

  1. 59. Let the Good Times Roll - 6:33
  2. 60. Don't You Lie to Me - 6:09
  3. 61. Mother Fuyer - 3:06
  4. 62. Never Make a Move Too Soon - 5:29
  5. 63. When It All Comes Down (I'll Still Be Around) - 4:12
  6. 64. Better Not Look Down - 3:22
  7. 65. Caldonia - 3:48
  8. 66. There Must Be a Better World Somewhere - 4:46
  9. 67. Play With Your Poodle - 1:55
  10. 68. Darlin' You Know I Love You - 5:46
  11. 69. Inflation Blues - 4:15
  12. 70. Make Love to Me - 2:47
  13. 71. Into the Night - 4:12
  14. 72. Six Silver Strings - 4:19
  15. 73. When Love Comes to Town - 4:30
  16. 74. Right Place, Wrong Time - 4:02
  17. 75. Many Miles Travelled - 4:01
  18. 76. I'm Moving On - 4:10
  19. 77. Since I Met You Baby - 3:51

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