0659. B.B. King
Live At The Regal
He sure can play, but he just sounds too damn cheerful for
B.B. King's first live-album has been named as the inspiration by guitar-heroes like Knopfler and Clapton (and many more), and well, he's got it all in there: the standards are in place (even a song by John Lee Hooker), his own material's just as good, and the audience is loving it.
Seems he does too, as his mid-song banter with the crowd and in-lyric commentary of the songs just flows on.
But it isn't the singing or the talking that makes this an album to hear, but Lucille - one of very few guitars to feature its own Wikipedia page - on which the Blues Boy display the sound that made him both a star and an influence to stars.