Originally released in 1958, on the legendary budget label Crown, The Blues compiles many of the classic ‘50s sides that B.B. King recorded for the Los Angeles based labels RPM, Kent, and Modern. Mostly recorded in King’s home base of Memphis, TN – some of which were even recorded and produced by Sam Phillips of Sun Records fame – these twelve sides are some of the most important and classic blues and R&B tracks of the 1950s. A true workhorse, King was often playing more than 300 concerts a year at this point in his career, and it shows in these performances where a tight band is led by one of the most practiced and technically skilled guitarists of the era. King remains a huge influence on guitarists to this day and these recordings, from nearly 60 years ago, are a perfect example why.