Thanks to the hard work carried out in cooperation with recording studios as well as an increasing number of music labels (Plus Loin Music, Bee Jazz, Ambronay Editions, Zig Zag Territoires, ECM, Mirare, Aeolus, Ondine, Winter & Winter, Laborie, etc.), Qobuz now offers a rapidly-growing selection of new releases and back catalogue records in 24-bit HD quality. These albums reproduce exactly the sound from the studio recording, and offer a more comfortable listening experience that exceeds the sound quality of a CD (typically \"reduced\" for mastering at 44.1kHz/16-bit). \"Qobuz HD\" files are DRM-free and are 100% compatible with both Mac and PC. Moving away from the MP3-focused approach that has evolved over recent years at the expense of sound quality, Qobuz provides the sound calibre expected by all music lovers, allowing them to enjoy both the convenience and quality of online music.

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Blues - Released January 26, 2018 | Sylvan Songs

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Elmore James's genius is an inexhaustible wellspring. A source from which musicians the world over regularly drink, returning again and again and again! His fulgurating slide guitar and impressive falsetto have given a completely unique flavour to Dust My Broom, Shake Your Money Maker, The Sky Is Crying, Twelve Year Old Boy, Done Somebody Wrong, etc. A savage and electric talent, venerated by such giants as Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Alan Wilson of Canned Heat and indeed Fleetwood Mac's Jeremy Spencer. … With Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James, a splendid range of artists have come together to celebrate the music of the furious bluesman, a follower of Robert Johnson who left us in 1963. This compilation, which spans generations and genres brings together, amongst others, Tom Jones, Bettye LaVette, Rodney Crowell, Warren Haynes with Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Mickey Raphael, sisters Shelby Lynne et Allison Moorer, Keb Mo' and Chuck E. Weiss. The level is pretty high overall, and every artist has their own personal touch. All the same, we would advise novices to listen to the original versions, to better appreciate these covers… © CM/Qobuz
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Blues - Released January 1, 1973 | Geffen*

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Blues - Released January 1, 1974 | Geffen*

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Blues - Released January 1, 1971 | Geffen* Records

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Blues - Released January 1, 1971 | Geffen* Records

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B.B. King has cut a lot of albums since the success of Live at the Regal. And, like the live shows they document, none of them are any less than solid and professional, hallmarks of King's work aesthetic. But every so often B.B. truly catches fire; his playing and singing comes up an extra notch or two, and the result is a live album with some real sparks to it. Live in Cook County Jail is one of those great concerts that the record company was smart enough to be there to capture, documenting B.B. firing on all cylinders in front of an audience that's just damn happy for him to be there. Possibly the best live version of "The Thrill Is Gone" of all its many incarnations, and rock solid renditions of classics like "Everyday I Have the Blues," "How Blue Can You Get?," "Sweet Sixteen" and a great medley of "3 O'Clock Blues" and "Darlin' You Know I Love You." Live at the Regal is still the champ of King's live output, but many say this runs a close second, and they just may be right. ~ Cub Koda
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Blues - Released January 1, 1965 | Geffen*

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Blues - Released January 1, 1965 | Geffen*

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B.B. King is not only a timeless singer and guitarist, he's also a natural-born entertainer, and on Live at the Regal the listener is treated to an exhibition of all three of his talents. Over percolating horn hits and rolling shuffles, King treats an enthusiastic audience (at some points, they shriek after he delivers each line) to a collection of some of his greatest hits. The backing band is razor-sharp, picking up the leader's cues with almost telepathic accuracy. King's voice is rarely in this fine of form, shifting effortlessly between his falsetto and his regular range, hitting the microphone hard for gritty emphasis and backing off in moments of almost intimate tenderness. Nowhere is this more evident than at the climax of "How Blue Can You Get," where the Chicago venue threatens to explode at King's prompting. Of course, the master's guitar is all over this record, and his playing here is among the best in his long career. Displaying a jazz sensibility, King's lines are sophisticated without losing their grit. More than anything else, Live at the Regal is a textbook example of how to set up a live performance. Talking to the crowd, setting up the tunes with a vignette, King is the consummate entertainer. Live at the Regal is an absolutely necessary acquisition for fans of B.B. King or blues music in general. A high point, perhaps even the high point, for uptown blues. ~ Daniel Gioffre
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Blues - Released December 1, 1970 | Geffen

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Completely Well was B.B. King's breakthrough album in 1969, which finally got him the long-deserved acclaim that was no less than his due. It contained his signature number, "The Thrill Is Gone," and eight other tunes, six of them emanating from King's pen, usually in a co-writing situation. Hardliners point to the horn charts and the overdubbed strings as the beginning of the end of King's old style that so identifiably earmarked his early sides for the Bihari Brothers and his later tracks for ABC, but this is truly the album that made the world sit up and take notice of B.B. King. The plus points include loose arrangements and a small combo behind him that never dwarfs the proceedings or gets in the way. King, for his part, sounds like he's having a ball, playing and singing at peak power. This is certainly not the place to start your B.B. King collection, but it's a nice stop along the way before you finish it. ~ Cub Koda