Eric Clapton and B. B. King
Riding With the King


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheChaplain USER (13 Reviews)
April 17th, 2006 | 12 replies | 4,925 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

After numerous on-stage collaborations, as well as partnering as members of the Louisiana Gator Boys in the ill-fated Blues Brothers 2000, B. B. King and Eric Clapton finally got together to make a studio album. Arguably the two greatest living blues guitarists, King and Clapton have been friends for years, and their camaraderie and chemistry are on full display on 2000's Riding With the King.

Even though the record was organized by Clapton, and recorded featuring the British bluesman's regular session musicians, Riding With the King is very much B. B. King's record. His instantly recognizable voice tends to overpower Clapton's softer baritone, and Clapton often defers to blues' elder statesman on the guitar solos. That said, Clapton's presence is still very much felt, especially on the softer tracks like "Key to the Highway" and "Worried Life Blues," and the guitar interplay between the two legends is everything that a blues aficionado could hope for.

A track-by-track review of this album would be pointless, since it is made up mostly of King's standards and a few new tracks that sound like standards already. Songs like the playful and rollicking "Riding With the King" give the record an incredibly familiar feel--while the standards certainly aid and abet that feeling, even a blues novice who has never heard a B. B. King song will be tapping toes and humming along to songs like "Help the Poor" and "Days of Old," and swaying softly to the gentler rhythms of "Ten Long Years" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."

Every aspect of Riding With the King is as good as expected--the guitar playing is dazzling, King's voice is as warm, robust, and powerful as ever, and even the notoriously soft-voiced Clapton is able to leave his mark. The only thing that keeps this album from earning top marks is what the two artists have already accomplished in their long and impressive careers--while Riding With the King is a technically accomplished and very satisfying blues record, it simply cannot compete with classics like King's Live at the Regal or Clapton's Slowhand. That said, it would be a worthy addition to any blues library, and is an admirable showcase for two brilliant guitarists. And for driving music, there's nothing better than Riding With the King.



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Ephemeral
April 17th 2006



144 Comments


Good review. I have been meaning to check this album out for awhile now. I definetly will now.

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006



950 Comments


It's a pretty good album, but I'm more of a BB fan than a Clapton fan.
It's all very polished and Clapton-esque.

TheChaplain
April 17th 2006



98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True, but the songs are mostly King's, and vocally B. B. dominates the album.

pattern_recognition
April 17th 2006



950 Comments


Yeah, that's why I said it was pretty good lol
Good review, too.

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
April 18th 2006



200 Comments


2 of the greatest guitarists on one incredible album? YES, brilliant! I'll get this immediately.

They're 2 of the most overrated guitatrists on one album? Sounds like a snooze fest....

Good review though.

TheChaplain
April 18th 2006



98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Overrated?! Modern electric blues wouldn't exist without B. B. King's bends and slides. And Clapton revolutionized blues-rock, pioneering a more blues-based approach then Hendrix, Beck or Page, who all focused more on the rock approach with varying degrees of psychedelia and folk inflections. Give credit where credit is due.

robo2448
April 18th 2006



132 Comments


I really want this album. I keep meaning to get it, but I still haven't picked it up. I'll get it soon. The only song I've heard off of this is Hold On! I'm Comin! but that was a really great song. So judging by that, I'll probably like this album a lot when I get it. Great review.

Voodoochild05
April 18th 2006



34 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, great review. I haven't listened to this in a while, but I still get Riding with the King stuck in my head every now and then.

And TheChaplain, I tip my hat to you.

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
April 19th 2006



200 Comments


Their influence is un-questionable but their actual guitar playng on the other hand? Horribly overrated........



pattern_recognition
April 19th 2006



950 Comments


Clapton, yeah. King? No no no no...

Nexion
May 15th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

King of Rock meets King of Blues!

stratroker09
January 19th 2007



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Clapton, yeah. King? No no no no...

no, I like clapton too, but you couldn't have clapton without the king, he influenced him, and without that there would not be the super colossal guitarist that we know as Eric Clapton, I like them both, and I thought this album was pretty cool



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