Two guitar legends, Eric Clapton and B.B. King firs performed together in New York City in 1967. Over 30-years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a new collection of blues classics contemporary songs.
The resulting album ‘Riding with the King’ would be released in June 2000 and go onto sell over 2 million copies. After all, the album won 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the CD was expanded and remastered by Bob Ludwig and will be released on June 26th. Also, two additional previously unreleased tracks have been added to the album. The blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Let me Love You, Baby.”
Both tracks were recorded during the original sessions and were produced and mixed especially for this release by Simon Climie. He also produced the original album with Eric Clapton.
The album features five B.B. King originals, plus a selection of covers from writers as diverse as:
- Isaac Hayes – “Hold On I’m Coming”
- Johnny Mercer – “Come Rain or Come Shine”
- Bill Broonzy “Big” – “Key To The Highways”
John Hiatt wrote the album’s title track. Arif Martin the celebrated producer and arranger contributed string arrangements and orchestration to two tracks. 20th Anniversary Edition for the album will be available in Limited Edition Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl non-limited edition, CD, digital and streaming. You can pre-order the album here.