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B.B. King: Live at Montreux 1993 [Blu-ray]
BB King Live at Montreux 1993
Actor: B.B. King
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2009     1hr 54min

B.B. King is the greatest living exponent of the blues and considered by many to be the most influential guitarist of the latter part of the 20th century. His career dates back to the late forties and despite now being in ...  more »


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Actor: B.B. King
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: King, B.B., Blues, DTS
Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
Format: Blu-ray - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/02/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

B.B. King Still In His Prime.
Perry Celestino | Tahmoor, NSW Australia | 07/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is very similar to the SRO session which came out about three years ago and it was filmed about the time of this set, the early 1990s, when BB was still touring a lot and was still at the top of his game. Like all of the Montreux Series the sound, camera work and production are excellent.

Another interesting thing about this performance is that BB stands up throughout it and it really chronicles the last years of this Blues great's live shows (This is also when I saw him last in Australia). Just as a matter of interest, the set and band are very similar to the "BB Live" set that came out just about two years ago, filmed at BB's Blues Club in Memphis (and the one in Nashville).

This concert was filmed in 1993 and BB is still in top form. The set is an extensive catalogue of his hits and live numbers. The band includes many members that have played with BB for many, many years. Foremost is the great James Toney an extraordinary organ player and keyboardist who just died in 2007. He was with BB since his famous PBS Jazz Casual session in 1968. Also prominent is the excellent bass player Michael Doster. His nephew and sax player Walter King is the Musical Director and he also is a great musician. This band is impeccable!

The set list is very comprehensive. It includes a great band "warm up" with the "Two I Shoot Blues" which showcases the great musicianship of BB's band. Highlights of the set list include Louis Jordan's "Caldonia", Ray Charles' "Let The Good Times Roll", the old standard and favourite "Why I Sing The Blues", a newer offering "Blues Man" and of course the seminal "The Thrill Is Gone", always a favourite and always a bit different. This DVD is 99 minutes long and , while it doesn't say it was filmed in HD on the package, on the end credits it does say that, like the Albert Collin's show, it is in fact in HD, the picture is incredibly clear and sharp. And sound is excellent. I would rank the SRO session and this as BB's two best DVD releases.

A must have purchase for classic Blues Lovers."
Long live the "King"
Kuya | Pittsburgh, Pa. | 11/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Audio/video is well done like most of the Eagle Rock "Montreaux" Dvds. I debated about getting the Blu-Ray version but was not disappointed with this choice. B.B. is in fine form with a mighty band. I have been to many of B.B.'s concerts over the years and prefer this DVD to the actual performances only because this audience remains quiet. Most of B.B.'s crowds in the US feel they have to talk to him while he is performing. This disc will get alot of play."
The Best BB King live DVD ever!
Leopoldo Arreaza | 09/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Please don't have any doubts in getting BB King live in Montreux. I have all the BB king's DVD concerts. This is the best!!! I wouldn't say it captures his prime, because he still is without a doubt the greatest guitar player ever but the whole scenario in Montreux it makes it really special. The sound and image is amazing!"