B.b. King & Eric Clapton - Riding With The King When it comes to the greatest rockin' bluesmen in history, at the top of the electrified traditional list is B.B. King; at the top of the contemporary list is Eric Clapton. Riding with The King brings the two living legends together for an entire album for the first time. When it comes to rockin' blues, Riding With The King is as great as it will ever get. Certified Multi-Platinum (2 times)by the RIAA. (2/01) It sounds like the beginning of a story: "So, Slowhand and the King of the Blues were riding in a car ..." If this is a musical journey, it's the kind that rolls down long, empty stretches of country highway at 80 miles an hour, with the top down and the stereo blasting. Clapton and King may be more city than country, but this collection has the relaxed, laid-back feel that only comes from a pair of veterans doing what they do best. What they do here is cover 12 classic blues songs, many of them staples of King's repertoire, so the title of this album makes sense. Whether it's the rollicking rock & roll of the title track, or the acoustic shuffle of "Key to the Highway," or the sweet notes of "When My Heart Beats Like a Hammer," a real sense of pleasure comes through on this album, the kind of pleasure one gets from jamming late at night with a good friend. --Genevieve Williams
If you're beginning to discover B.B. King's music or are new to Eric Clapton's career, this may be the album to start learning where Clapton's influences came from. Here, he teams with the blues legend on a new song, the title track, and several re-workings of his songs. I like "Riding with the King," "Ten Long Years," "Key to the Highway," "Three O'clock Blues," "Help the Poor," "I Wanna Be," the rollicking "Da..
Like many others, I was skeptical when this was first released. B.B. is the undisputed King of the Blues, and I wondered how well he and Eric Clapton would mesh. But then, I heard "Come Rain or Come Shine" on the radio, and I was hooked (some times, I think it is impossible for someone to do a bad job with this song).The title, "Riding With the King" kinda lets us know who is the Boss here. Clapton and B.B. both did themselv..