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Muddy WATERS – Real Folk Blues 1966

Posted in BLUES, Muddy WATERS on December 10, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Muddy WATERS – Real Folk Blues 1966
LP 1968 Issue-MAR S-3217

Blues

Released in 1966, at the height of the popularity of the blues among young white audiences, this aptly-titled 12-track compilation delivers exactly what it promises. Recorded at the legendary Chess Studios at 2120 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago between 1947 and 1964, this collection captures the best work of singer-guitarist Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), possibly the greatest of the Chicago-style (meaning electric and most often accompanied by a full band) blues performers. Muddy is here backed by such legends as pianist Otis Spann
and harmonica player Little Walter.
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Muddy Waters- (Vocals, Guitar);
Jimmy Rogers, Pat Hare, Pee Wee Madison, Sammy Lawhorn- (Guitar);
Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim- (Piano);
Little Walter- (Harmonica);
Willie Dixon, Andrew Stephenson, Ransom Knowling, Big Crawford- (Bass);
Francey Clay, Odie Payne- (Drums).
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A1. Mannish Boy   2:53
A2. Screamin’ and Crying   3:03
A3. Just to Be With You   3:12
A4. Walking in the Park   2:39
A5. Walking Blues   2:53
A6. Canary Bird   2:42
B1. The Same Thing   2:40
B2. Gypsy Woman   2:32
B3. Rollin’ & Tumblin’   2:57
B4. Forty Days & Forty Nights   2:50
B5. Little Geneva   2:45
B6. You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had   2:55
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Muddy WATERS – "Unk" In Funk 1974

Posted in BLUES, Muddy WATERS on December 5, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Muddy WATERS – “Unk” In Funk 1974
BLPS 19179

Blues

The nine sides on Unk in Funk (1974) are among the last newly recorded material that Muddy Waters (vocalsguitar) would issue during his nearly 30 year association with Chess Records. Backing up the Chicago blues icon is a band he’d carry with him for the remainder of his performing career, including Pinetop Perkins (piano), Luther Guitar Junior Johnson (guitar), Bob Margolin (guitar), Calvin Fuzz Jones (bass), and Willie Big Eyes Smith (drums). They run through a better than average selection of Waters’ classics with newer compositions more or less tossed in, presumably to keep the track list fresh. Although Waters certainly has nothing to prove, he attacks his old catalog with the drive and command of a man putting it all on the line. That same spirit of quality and authenticity shapes his umpteenth overhaul of Rollin’ and Tumblin’, as Waters’ guitar — the only time he plays on the whole platter — rekindles his singular sounding fretwork. Demonstrating why they were suitable rhythmic foils for Waters, Jones and Smith’s gritty timekeeping perfectly holds down the slinky methodical groove churning beneath the update of Just Had to Be with You. This allows the artist a chance to let loose with some inspired vocal improvisations. The bouncy frolic of Trouble No More and the vintage Chicago R&B vibe of Drive My Blues Away offer the most authentic presentation of Waters then and now. While the newer songs, Katie and Waterboy, Waterboy, reveal that the ol’ mule still has a bit of kick in him yet. Electric Man is one of two cuts by Amelia Cooper (Waters’ granddaughter) and Terry Abrahamson, typifying the style of self-aggrandizing lyrical plodding over generic blues changes that had marred several of the blues legends’ later efforts. All is not lost, however, thanks to some playful interaction between Waters and harp blower Carey Bell Harrington. Cooper and Abrahamson’s other contribution — Unk in Funk — shares its credit along with talent agent Ted Kurland. Again, while the sentiment is well-intended, the playing is marginalized with little to no substantive territory gained.
By Lindsay Planer. AMG.
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A1. Rollin’ And Tumblin 7:28
A2. Just To Be With You 3:55
A3. Electric Man 3:10
A4. Trouble No More 2:40
B1. “Unk” In Funk 3:22
B2. Drive My Blues Away 2:48
B3. Katie 3:04
B4. Waterboy Waterboy 4:00
B5. Everything Gonna Be Alright 3:35
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Otis SPANN & Muddy WATERS And His Band – Live The Life 1964-1968

Posted in BLUES, Muddy WATERS, Otis SPANN on November 23, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Otis SPANN & Muddy WATERS And His Band – Live The Life  1964-1968
1997 Issue.

Blues

This release includes 16 rare and previously unissued Otis Spann tracks recorded between 1964 and 1969. Featuring the blues piano genius in both a solo context and supporting a bevy of Chicago artists in a variety of settings, this plows through Pete Welding’s old Testament tape vaults to uncover new treasures by the carload. Muddy Waters is listed on the front cover and, indeed, 12 of the 16 songs here are played in his company, most of it in the unusual role of backup musician to Spann. The compilation begins with five songs from a Martin Luther King tribute concert in 1968 featuring Spann and Waters on acoustic guitar performing as an “unplugged” duo, including a heartfelt “Tribute to Martin Luther King” standing next to his own tribute to Big Maceo Merriweather, “Worried Life Blues.” Next up are seven tracks from a late-’60s Muddy Waters concert, kicking off with Spann doing a rip-roaring “Kansas City” and a somber take of “Tin Pan Alley,” and dueting later with Waters on a gospel-tinged “I Wanna Go Home.” Spann’s piano work in both of these live settings is nothing short of elegant and extraordinary, whether he’s soloing, comping perfectly behind Waters’ vocals, or directing the band with an all-knowing lick. Two solo tracks from 1965 (“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” and “What’s on Your Worried Mind”) are followed by two songs showcasing Spann as a session player behind Johnny Young and harmonica man Slim Willis. Perhaps not the most essential Otis Spann collection you’ll ever hear, but one that nonetheless showcases his wide range of talents.
By Cub Coda.
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01.Been A Long, Long Time  4.23
02.Look Under My Bed   4.26
03.Tribute To Matin Luther King  4.40
04.Sarah Street  624
05.Worried Life Blues  4.00
06.Kansas City  4.11
07.Tin Pan Alley  7.29
08.5 Long Years  7.32
09.Live The Life I Love  3.21
10.I Wanna Go Home  5.59
11.Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had  3.37
12.High Rising  4.36
13.Everything’s Gonna Be Alright  2.09
14.What’s On Your Worried Mind  2.27
15.Mean Old Train  3.03
16.My Baby Left Me  2.55
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