Eric Clapton & B.B. King: 20 Years of Riding With The King

Eric Clapton & B.B. King: 20 Years of Riding With The King

Posted 26 Jun 2020
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Eric Clapton and B.B. King first met and played together in 1967 at New York City’s Cafe Au Go-Go when Clapton was only 22 and King 42. While the next few decades would see them share the stage again, it wasn’t until thirty years later, in 1999, that the longtime friends joined forces to record a collection of new songs, contemporary covers and blues classics. The resulting album, Riding With The King was released in June 2000 and went on to sell over 2 million copies in the US and win a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

The new 20th-anniversary edition of “Riding with the King” adds two previously unreleased numbers to the original 12-song album. “Let Me Love You” and “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” which were recorded during the original sessions and were produced and mixed especially for this release by Simon Climie, who produced the original album with Clapton.  

Eric Clapton & B.B. King | “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”

The new additions fit in nicely alongside the classic tracklisting, which includes B.B King staples like “Three O’Clock Blues” and “Key to the Highway,”, 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.

Riding With The King Track Listing:

Riding with the King

Ten Long Years

Key To The Highway

Marry You

Three O’Clock Blues

Help The Poor

I Wanna Be

Worried Life Blues

Days of Old

When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer

Hold On I’m Coming

Come Rain Or Come Shine

 

20th Anniversary Bonus Tracks:

Rollin’ and Tumblin’

Let Me Love You

The 14-track collection will be available in all formats, including a 180-gram black double vinyl edition and a limited edition 180-gram blue vinyl double LP set, available to pre-order here.

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