“B.B. King & Friends: Night of Blistering Blues” is a concert which presumably occurred in 1987, but was released on DVD under the “Immortal” label, during 2006. It’s worthwhile viewing as a gathering of topnotch musicians who have strong associations with the Blues, in varying degrees.
This was not an expensive production. In fact, the sound and video quality merely reflected an acceptable VHS transfer. Although limited to a running time of 57 minutes, some fine playing and singing were on tap.
B.B. King (1925-2015) served as Master of Ceremonies for this concert. He was joined by Billy Ocean (1950-), Etta James (1938-2012), Chaka Khan (1953-), and Gladys Knight (1940-). Other participants included Paul Butterfield (1942-1987) who sang and was great on harmonica; Dr. John (1940-) who doubled on organ, as well as Eric Clapton (1945-), Albert King (1923-1992) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990). Phil Collins (1951-) was one of two drummers, along with additional guitarists and bassists in the backup band, as well as two trumpeters and two saxophonists.
The set included Blues standards, such as “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” and B.B.’s hit, “The Thrill Is Gone,” along with Gospel tunes, such as “Precious Lord.”
With such a stellar lineup, it was only natural that some players received less performance time than others. What else could you expect from such a short concert? Nevertheless, the atmosphere was quite festive.
Sadly, the venue and date of the show weren’t included in the credits. You can file this one under the “All Star Fun Night” category, and just enjoy the show.