B.B. King — The Thrill Is Gone
Album: Completely Well
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Released: 1969
Length: 5:16
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The thrill is gone
The thrill is gone away
The thrill is gone baby
The thrill is gone away
You know you done me wrong baby
And you'll be sorry someday

The thrill is gone
It's gone away from me
The thrill is gone baby
The thrill is gone away from me
Although, I'll still live on
But so lonely I'll be

The thrill is gone
It's gone away for good
The thrill is gone baby
It's gone away for good
Someday I know I'll be open armed baby
Just like I know a good man should

You know I'm free, free now baby
I'm free from your spell
Oh I'm free, free, free now
I'm free from your spell
And now that it's all over
All I can do is wish you well
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Awesome segue from Cowboy Junkies - Hard to Explain. Explains a lot, actually.
Limit of ten and BB King are not for this world.  Wow, this takes me back. He was so smooth, so clean, so economy
size miraculous. 
I miss you B.B. and I can't wait to introduce you to my great-grandchildren.
The Nympho has left....

Crazy remains!  :-) 
BB King had a good run with this album and others at the time
this album 'Completely Well' followed 'Live And Well'
then he put out what he said is his favorite 'Indianola Mississippi Seeds" 
all 3 were must haves, Seeds was produced by Mr Leon Russell 
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'Live At Cook County Jail' followed Seeds
like i said he had a hell of a run 
First year without BB.       {#Cry}
For a college music appreciation class in the mid 70s I was told to attend a concert and write a review. There weren't many nearby choices in western New York at the time but B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland were playing in Buffalo, about 50 miles away. So my girlfriend and I set out in our usual concert garb, t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. When we got to Kleinhans Music Hall we discovered we were the only white people attending, and that the city's black community had turned out in their Sunday best.

We were thououghly embarrassed but nobody else seemed offended by us, so we pressed on. B.B. was excellent, although I remember that Bland was ill and not in his best voice that night; he excused himself and left early. At any rate, I aced the review and saw King at least three or four more times at festivals over the years. An amazing singer and guitarist that I'm so glad to have seen in concert.
RIP BB! The Blues just got a bit more blue...
Just bumped to a 10.

Sounds better today than it has in a long time.


  ppopp wrote:
The thrill of listening to this song is gone. Heard it too many times on RP.

  
Toke wrote:


Your 'Thrill Theshold' seems limited in that case... still does it each and every play for me. Same as it did in the 60's, a real classic.

 
Just upped this to a 10 to compensate.  Don't know why I rated it lower in the first place.  Stupid boy.
 ppopp wrote:
The thrill of listening to this song is gone. Heard it too many times on RP.

 

Your 'Thrill Theshold' seems limited in that case... still does it each and every play for me. Same as it did in the 60's, a real classic.
I keep forgetting this is the only song BB King ever bothered recording.
Bill,

How did you realize how fantastic this would sound when it followed Einuadi, Steven Wilson's "Harmony Korine", then Pearl Jam "Nothing As It Seems"?  None of those 4 seem related, but what a perfect sequence!
 ppopp wrote:
The thrill of listening to this song is gone. Heard it too many times on RP.

 
Some songs, such as this one, you can never have too  much of. And if you do, just search some of the live performances (recently came up with one with BB and many famous guitarrists), they could be playing this tune for hours, it would still pick my nerve!
The thrill of listening to this song is gone. Heard it too many times on RP.
 {#Bananajam}Catalytic wrote::)

Not by a long shot, and it's not even his best, but it's still damned good. Especially through headphones. {#Music}

 

 ppopp wrote:
This must be the only song BB ever recorded. *Yawn*

 
Not by a long shot, and it's not even his best, but it's still damned good. Especially through headphones. {#Music}
The thrill really is gone. I know this "mattered" in a lot of ways, but it just bores me.
This must be the only song BB ever recorded. *Yawn*
I never ever get tired of this song....  {#Notworthy}
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}  "Outstanding"
Thankfully not that gawdawfel duet.
The thrill was gone when the sucko-barfo strings set in.
Ten times better than John Lee Hooker!
I love it when I hear a song and immediately think "10", then come to the site and find I've already rated it. {#Good-vibes}
IMHO the best version of this tune is the one he performed at Zaire 74 (ref). I like the strings arrangement for this one ... {#Cheers}
one of the best
Great seque RP I got to see these two blues giants together in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House. What a fantastic night. RIP SRV.
Great player and lovely singer, but this song is in danger of being played to death on RP.
65 years of the blues, bb still is god., I am speaking of MY 65 years  , elmore was better .........{#Notworthy}  lightin' was best,,,,{#Fire}{#Guitarist}{#Fire},,,,,,,,,,

One of my rare 10 ratings.  He is just such a wonderful musician and human being. 
 jjak wrote:

The brotherhood of the Blues, man !

 

pownded a couple with him at town and country in 72,also,  about 70 +fit in there , great man.great place,  santa cruz mtns.
Incredible song...
just Fan-freaking-Tastic!
a thing of beauty, soul and depth.  Mmmm mmm good!
Thank you BB!
I don't know about his relevance or not, I have just never cared for his music or his voice.  Eh, to each his own.
 TheStickman wrote:
 The comments about BB's relevance fired me up enough to sign up. I'm not usually a joiner and I've learned to keep my comments to myself, at least publicly. I'll try and keep any future posts short, but this one is by necessity not.

Sorry to all if I screw this up, first time posting. With regard to BB's relevance and age. He did a show in Penticton about a year ago. I asked my 15 year old son if he'd like to go as he's an aspiring guitarist. He had never heard of BB (my bad) but immediately goggled and you tubed him. Then his response was "OMG I know that guy, of course we're going."
Now, I'll apologize again, this is going to be a bit long for a post.  Bear with me please, it is relevant.
The afternoon of the concert I got a call from a friend of Daniels. They were downhill mountain biking on code 4 (a fairly extreme run) and Daniel had just "bailed". They didn't think he could ride down so could I come get them.
When I arrived Daniel was lying near the shoulder of the road. We carried him to the truck and started down the mountain. This was one hour before show time. Despite the groans and winces on the washboard road, Daniel insisted on going to the concert instead of the hospital. We dropped his buddies off picked up his mom and persuaded her that the emergency room would wait. OK Daniel told her if he missed the concert and BB died before he got another chance, he'd never forgive her.
We helped/carried Daniel to our seats just as the intro started. When BB came on stage he was helped to his seat by 2 very large men. The crowd greeted him with applause and a standing ovation. When they started standing Daniel said " are you f——ing kidding me!". Despite the dirty looks from people nearby, I assured him it was OK to stay in his seat.
The show was awesome. Yes BB sat for the whole show, yes he chatted a fair bit and and the band "carried" him once in a while. It still sent shivers up my spine to hear 4000 plus people singing along and chanting for an encore.
There was no encore and nobody actually expected one. The opening "Standing O" might have been gratuitous, but when BB left the stage my son stood with everyone else and cheered.
Irrelevant? Time to quit? If a 15 year old with 3 compressed vertebrae thinks he's worth standing up for, he's still relevant.

BTW, Daniel healed. He hurts after a tough workout or downhill ride, but he still goes for it. What can I say, maybe I'm a bad parent.

 
Well, no-one else has commented, so I'll jump in and say I think Daniel is one lucky young man;  firstly that he healed and second that he has kewl  parents.


Not a wasted note in this tune - the most perfect song ever.
Sometimes hard to tell if he is getting a talking to from Lucille or if he's giving one.
After hearing this 3 times in a week, the thrill is gone for me as well: 9=> 7
 The comments about BB's relevance fired me up enough to sign up. I'm not usually a joiner and I've learned to keep my comments to myself, at least publicly. I'll try and keep any future posts short, but this one is by necessity not.

Sorry to all if I screw this up, first time posting. With regard to BB's relevance and age. He did a show in Penticton about a year ago. I asked my 15 year old son if he'd like to go as he's an aspiring guitarist. He had never heard of BB (my bad) but immediately goggled and you tubed him. Then his response was "OMG I know that guy, of course we're going."
Now, I'll apologize again, this is going to be a bit long for a post.  Bear with me please, it is relevant.
The afternoon of the concert I got a call from a friend of Daniels. They were downhill mountain biking on code 4 (a fairly extreme run) and Daniel had just "bailed". They didn't think he could ride down so could I come get them.
When I arrived Daniel was lying near the shoulder of the road. We carried him to the truck and started down the mountain. This was one hour before show time. Despite the groans and winces on the washboard road, Daniel insisted on going to the concert instead of the hospital. We dropped his buddies off picked up his mom and persuaded her that the emergency room would wait. OK Daniel told her if he missed the concert and BB died before he got another chance, he'd never forgive her.
We helped/carried Daniel to our seats just as the intro started. When BB came on stage he was helped to his seat by 2 very large men. The crowd greeted him with applause and a standing ovation. When they started standing Daniel said " are you f——ing kidding me!". Despite the dirty looks from people nearby, I assured him it was OK to stay in his seat.
The show was awesome. Yes BB sat for the whole show, yes he chatted a fair bit and and the band "carried" him once in a while. It still sent shivers up my spine to hear 4000 plus people singing along and chanting for an encore.
There was no encore and nobody actually expected one. The opening "Standing O" might have been gratuitous, but when BB left the stage my son stood with everyone else and cheered.
Irrelevant? Time to quit? If a 15 year old with 3 compressed vertebrae thinks he's worth standing up for, he's still relevant.

BTW, Daniel healed. He hurts after a tough workout or downhill ride, but he still goes for it. What can I say, maybe I'm a bad parent.

 shellbella wrote:
Mitt Romney's new theme song... Sorry I just couldn't help myself...... Sometimes Americans just get it right!!
 
So... err— you know anything about music?  Or is that on the politcal forums?  BTW I am a lib, just not stupid.  I come for the music.

nobody sings it like BB. {#Cool}
A classic blues tune by a classic blues guitarist.  (You can tell it's classic 'cause there's an orchestra in the background.)
God like.
 shellbella wrote:
Mitt Romney's new theme song... Sorry I just couldn't help myself...... Sometimes Americans just get it right!!
 
Love your Commments !

Have a Nice Year you..  

well .....wishes 4 Everybody 2 have a nice year... 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
First time I saw BB was in '72 in a small setting in eastern NC. Halfway through the show the PA system failed and he announced it was going to take 30 minutes or so to restore it. Instead of retreating to the dressing room, BB came down off the stage to the front of the crowd and kicked it with the fans for the entire time, telling stories, shaking hands, even discussing "shop" with some local musicians. He was warm and friendly to all who walked up to him. Not a PR flack or security goon in sight. Just a musician chatting with his fans. When the PA system was fixed, he almost seemed sad to leave the circle of friends. Oh, for the days when musicians didn't have security like politicians.
 
How many crackers did it take to unplug the PA in 1972?
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
First time I saw BB was in '72 in a small setting in eastern NC. Halfway through the show the PA system failed and he announced it was going to take 30 minutes or so to restore it. Instead of retreating to the dressing room, BB came down off the stage to the front of the crowd and kicked it with the fans for the entire time, telling stories, shaking hands, even discussing "shop" with some local musicians. He was warm and friendly to all who walked up to him. Not a PR flack or security goon in sight. Just a musician chatting with his fans. When the PA system was fixed, he almost seemed sad to leave the circle of friends. Oh, for the days when musicians didn't have security like politicians.
 
The brotherhood of the Blues, man !
Takes me back to the early 70's.... Very Nice....
Great song, great guitar player, great singer, great evening moment, thx Bill{#Clap}
The grollie's thin? Bogey boogie!