King Bee (album)

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King Bee
Studio album by Muddy Waters
Released 1981
Recorded May 1980
Genre Blues
Length 39:54
Label Blue Sky
Producer Johnny Winter
Muddy Waters chronology
Muddy "Mississippi" Waters - Live
(1979)
King Bee
(1981)
The Chess Box
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[2]

King Bee is the fourteenth and final studio album by blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. Released in 1981, it is third in a series of records done for the label Blue Sky Records under producer/guitarist Johnny Winter. Recorded in three days (and in the wake of Muddy's failing health) some of the band members, namely Winter and guitarist Bob Margolin, were not happy with the result. As his health deteriorated, Muddy was forced to cancel an increasing number of shows. He died of a heart attack on April 30, 1983. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

The album was recorded in May 1980. A salary dispute between the band and Muddy Waters's manager, Scott Cameron, halted the session. Eventually the album was completed by using a couple of outtakes from 1977's Hard Again.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by McKinley Morganfield, except where indicated.

Original album[edit]

  1. "I'm a King Bee" – 3:51 (Slim Harpo)
  2. "Too Young to Know" – 4:31
  3. "Mean Old Frisco" – 3:46
  4. "Forever Lonely" – 4:34
  5. "I Feel Like Going Home" – 3:44
  6. "Champagne & Reefer" – 4:37
  7. "Sad Sad Day" – 5:25
  8. "(My Eyes) Keep Me in Trouble" – 3:19
  9. "Deep Down in Florida" – 4:09
  10. "No Escape from the Blues" – 2:08


2004 bonus track[edit]

  1. "I Won't Go On" – 4:18
  2. "Clouds in My Heart" – 4:18


Personnel[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Koda, Cub. "Review: King Bee". Allmusic. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Muddy Waters" (PHP). Robert Christgau. Retrieved February 24, 2011.