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 his eighties he remains a vibrant and charismatic live performer…
Blues at Sunset is a Blues album by Albert King, recorded live at Wattstax (August 20, 1972) and at the Montreux Jazz Festival (July 1, 1973), and released in 1973. Additional material recorded at the 1973 Montreux festival would be released in his later albums Montreux Festival and Blues At Sunrise.
The career of blues guitar legend B.B. King has spanned some six decades, and he has earned a reputation of one of the best of the blues through constant touring and dynamic live performances. One of the frequent stops along King's seemingly never-ending tour is the annual jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland, where the guitarist has made better than 20 appearances through the years.
Comprised of NICE's keyboard player Keith Emerson , KING CRIMSON's bassist Greg Lake , and the ATOMIC ROOSTER's drummer Carl Palmer , 1970s supergroup EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER crafted expansive, near-orchestral prog-rock influenced by jazz and classical music. Disbanding in 1979 and embarking on various solo careers, the trio reunited in the 1990s to produce a new album, "Black Moon", for which they toured extensively in 1997. This concert captures EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER at the Montreux Jazz Festival that same year, performing a career-spanning selection of songs that includes "Karn Evil 9," "Hoedown," "Lucky Man," "Tarkus," "Fanfare for the Common Man," and many more.
Jettisoning not only the funk-metal rhythms of their earlier work but also long-time guitar hero and wacky eyewear model James B Martin, King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime for the most part pursued a more back-to-basics garage sound that slotted in with the post-grunge environment of 1995. The album holds up well today, with Mike Patton achieving new heights of visceral howling on the likes of Cuckoo For Caca, but among the bonus tracks there's little to get excited about other than the tragic-comedy Bee Gees cover - I Started A Joke.
The Best of Nat King Cole is part of EMI-Capitol Special Markets' Ten Best Series, where they selected ten hits from a popular artist on their roster. For the budget-minded, it's a nice collection of Nat King Cole's best-known hits, like "Unforgettable," "Ramblin' Rose," "Mona Lisa," "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons." It certainly won't please either jazz purists or Cole collectors, but the budget-conscious looking for an affordable (albeit skimpy) sampler of well-known Cole should turn here.
Live at Montreux 2006: They All Came Down to Montreux is the first live release by English hard rock band Deep Purple's mk VIII lineup. This concert was recorded in Montreux, during 2006 Rapture of the Deep tour.