1970 B.B. King – Indianola Mississippi Seeds

Indianola Mississippi Seeds is B. B. King‘s eighteenth studio album. It was released in October 1970 on ABC Records on LP and May 1989 on MCA Records on CD. On this album B. B. King mixed elements of blues and rock music. Producer Bill Szymczyk decided to follow up on the success of the hit “The Thrill Is Gone” by matching King with a musical all-star cast. The result was one of King’s most critically acclaimed albums and one of the most highly regarded blues crossover albums of all time.

The album appeared on several of Billboard’s album charts in 1970, reaching number 26 on the Pop album chart, number seven on the Jazz album chart and eight on Billboard’s listing for “Black Albums.” The album also generated several hit singles, “Chains and Things”, King’s own “Ask Me No Questions” and Leon Russell’s “Hummingbird”.

King himself, also, views the album as one of his greatest achievements. When asked about his best work, King has said, “I know the critics always mention Live & Well or Live at the Regal, but I think that Indianola Mississippi Seeds was the best album that I’ve done artistically.

Tracks

1  Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (B.B. King) 01:26
2  You’re Still My Woman (B.B. King) 06:05
3  Ask Me No Questions (B.B. King) 03:08
4  Until I’m Dead And Cold (B.B. King) 04:45
5  King’s Special (B.B. King) 05:10
6  Ain’t Gonna Worry My Life Anymore (B.B. King) 05:20
7  Chains And Things (B.B. King; Dave Clark) 04:53
8  Go Underground (B.B. King) 04:03
9  Hummingbird (Leon Russell) 04:38

Musicians

1 Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

PianoB.B. King
VocalsB.B. King


2 You’re Still My Woman

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
PianoCarole King
VocalsB.B. King


3 Ask Me No Questions

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
GuitarJoe Walsh
PianoLeon Russell
VocalsB.B. King


4 Until I’m Dead And Cold

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
PianoCarole King
VocalsB.B. King


5 King’s Special

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
GuitarJoe Walsh
PianoLeon Russell


6 Ain’t Gonna Worry My Life Anymore

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
Electric PianoCarole King
PianoCarole King
VocalsB.B. King


7 Chains And Things

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
Electric PianoCarole King
VocalsB.B. King


8 Go Underground

BassJerry Jemmott
DrumsHerbie Lovelle
GuitarB.B. King
GuitarHugh McCracken
PianoPaul Harris
VocalsB.B. King


9 Hummingbird

BassBryan Garofalo
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarB.B. King
GuitarJoe Walsh
PianoLeon Russell
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMerry Clayton
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsB.B. King

Liner Notes

Producer – Bill Szymczyk
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Jimmie Haskell
Conductor – Leon Russell (Track 9)
Engineer – Bill Szymczyk, Gary Kellgren
Engineer – Joe Zagarino (Track 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – John Henning, Lilianne Douma, Mike Stone
Mastered By – Bob MacLeod

Design – Robert Lockart
Photography – Ivan Nagy

Engineered At The Hit Factory
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Copyright ABC/Dunhill Records