Together for the First Time... Live

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Together for the First Time
Together for the First Time cover.jpg
Live album by
GenreSoul blues
ProducerSteve Barri
Bobby Bland chronology
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Together for the First Time... Live is a 1974 blues album by singer Bobby Bland and guitarist B. B. King. The duo later recorded Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again...Live. Bland and King toured together extensively in the 1970s and 1980s, which did much to keep their careers alive during a period of otherwise popular decline for the blues genre.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB+[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "3 O'Clock in the Morning" (3:15) - (B. B. King, Jules Taub)
  2. "It's My Own Fault Baby" (4:13) - (King, Taub)
  3. "Driftin' Blues" (5:10) - (Charles Brown, Johnny Moore, Eddie Williams)
  4. "That's the Way Love Is" (3:51) - (Deadric Malone)

Side two[edit]

  1. "I'm Sorry" (9:55) - (Thompson)
  2. "I'll Take Care of You" (3:50) - (Brook Benton)
  3. "Don't Cry No More" (2:33) - (Malone)

Side three[edit]

  1. "Don't Want a Soul Hangin' Around" (3:52) - (Jimmy Johnson)
  2. "(Medley)" (14:00)

Side four[edit]

  1. "Everybody Wants to Know Why I Sing the Blues" (6:19) - (Dave Clark, King)
  2. "Goin' Down Slow" (5:16) - (St. Louis Jimmy Oden)
  3. "I Like to Live the Love" (6:00) - (Dave Crawford, Charles Mann)



  • B.B. King
  • Bobby Bland
  • Alfred Thomas, Ben Benay, Bobby Forte, Cato Walker, Charles Polk, Edward Rowe, Harold Potier, Jr., Joseph Burton, Joseph Hardin, Jr., Leo Penn, Louis Hubert, Mel Brown, Melvin Jackson, Michael Omartian, Milton Hopkins, Ron Levy, Sonny Freeman, Theodore Arthur, Theodore Reynolds, Tommy Punkson, Wilbert Freeman


  • Phil Kaye - recording engineer
  • Fred Valentine - photography
  • Alain Moreau - cover illustration


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 28, 2019 – via