Eric Clapton & B.B. King Announce 20th Anniversary of Hit Album
Two guitar legends – Eric Clapton and B.B. King – first performed together in NYC in 1967. Over 30 years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a collection of all-new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs. The resulting album Riding with the King would be released in June 2000 and go onto sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. and win the 2000 Grammy Award © for Best Traditional Blues Album.
What to Expect from Riding with The King
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this classic album, two additional previously unreleased tracks have been added: The blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and B.B. King’s “Let Me Love You.” Both tracks were recorded during the original sessions and were produced and mixed, especially for this release by Simon Climie, who created the original album with Clapton. Additionally, Bob Ludwig has remastered the original tapes for release on June 26th via Reprise Records.
The 14-track collection will be available in all formats, including a 180-gram black double vinyl package. A limited-edition 180-gram blue vinyl double L.P. set will available exclusively in Eric Clapton’s official online store and at indie retailers. Chris Bellman mastered the vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles. Pre-order the album now and receive an instant download of album track “Rollin’ and Tumblin.’” Click here to pre-order black vinyl, and here for blue vinyl. Click here to view and share the visualizer.
The original album features four B.B. King originals, plus a selection of covers from writers as diverse as Isaac Hayes & David Porter (“Hold On I’m Coming”), Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen (“Come Rain Or Come Shine”) and William Broonzy & Charles Seger (“Key To The Highway”). John Hiatt wrote the album’s title track.
The album features an all-star line-up of musicians, including Andy Fairweather Low, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Joe Sample, Doyle Bramhall II, Susannah and Wendy Melvoin, and Jim Keltner. Even more, the celebrated producer and arranger Arif Martin contributed string arrangements and orchestration to two tracks.
What are your thoughts, though?
Are you looking forward to the 20th-anniversary release of these legends hit album Riding with the King? What is your favorite song from the original album? And what are some other songs by Eric Clapton and B.B. King that you enjoy?