12 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

America’s most famous bluesman celebrates a milestone – his 80th birthday – with a dozen pals and superstars onboard. The result shows off the varied styles King has touched on over the years – not just horn-fueled uptown blues (“Tired of Your Jive,” with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons trading licks), but dramatic cries of pop-wise anguish (a mournful version of perhaps his most famous number, “The Thrill is Gone,” with Eric Clapton), strolling rock (“Hummingbird,” with John Mayer), and East Coast soul ( “Ain’t Nobody Home” with Daryl Hall). The song list makes for a de facto greatest-hits set, and a worthy salute to a still powerful (and happy: check out his gleeful laugh midway through “Early in the Morning”) musical icon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

America’s most famous bluesman celebrates a milestone – his 80th birthday – with a dozen pals and superstars onboard. The result shows off the varied styles King has touched on over the years – not just horn-fueled uptown blues (“Tired of Your Jive,” with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons trading licks), but dramatic cries of pop-wise anguish (a mournful version of perhaps his most famous number, “The Thrill is Gone,” with Eric Clapton), strolling rock (“Hummingbird,” with John Mayer), and East Coast soul ( “Ain’t Nobody Home” with Daryl Hall). The song list makes for a de facto greatest-hits set, and a worthy salute to a still powerful (and happy: check out his gleeful laugh midway through “Early in the Morning”) musical icon.

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