Whenever you discuss the blues two things have to come to mind. One is B.B. King and the other is the experience of hearing it live. B.B. King's Live album Live at the Apollo manages to do both, taking the King's great music and playing it the way it was meant to be played. And withKing playing Lucille like magic it delivers.
Throughout the album the songs are generally what you expect. From the slow and beautiful Sweet Sixteen to the upbeat tempo of Peace of the world, this album manages to cover almost every aspect of the blues. What makes this album great however is not the music but king itself. Every song on the album contains solos that are as full of soul as they are beautiful. And the transitions from the smoothnes of King's guitar to the soothing saxaphone solos on tracks such as Since I met you baby are great. Every member of the band manages to play in utterly amazing ways from the orchestra to the keyboards to the saxaphone and King himself. This is a performance that every blues lover needs to hear at least once. Tracks to watch out for are Sweet Sixteen, The Thrill is Gone and Guess Who.