Everybody's got a favorite bluesman story. My current favorite about Muddy Waters is set far in the distant past, just slightly after the time when he was living and working on the Mississippi plantation he'd always called home, running a still and a "juke joint" where he'd put his own copy of the record he'd recorded for the Library of Congress on a Muddy Waters - Muddy ;Mississippi; Waters Live (CD player to entertain the people who dropped in.
That's a good story, but my favorite is placed in time a few years later than that, after he'd argued with the plantation overseer and he'd had enough and finally had to leave. This happened after he headed up north to Chicago and made another record.
That's when he stopped into a tavern in Chicago and heard his own music playing on a jukebox in somebody else's place for the very first time. He shoved coin after coin into the slot and sat down at a table to listen, and he played the record over and over again, getting more change from the bartender as he needed it. I imagine him amazed, exuberant, and generally acting like he never wanted the experience to end. Put out in the late 's, it was simply called The Best of Muddy Waters.
And that's precisely and exactly what it was. Imagine, all his best-known songs on one long-playing vinyl album. I knew if I could get my hands on that, I wouldn't have to rely on laying awake all night hoping to hear one of his songs drift across radio airwaves by chance. That album had been released five years prior to my ever having known it existed. I'd even written a letter of inquiry to the Chess Company and received no reply.
I was afraid it was out of print by the time I'd come to hear about it. It took me over a Album) to find that record. But find it I did and I proceeded to play it to death.
I stayed awake all night many nights playing it. I must have listened to that particular Best of easily a thousand times, maybe ten thousand times since and I've never yet tired of it. When I play it these days, I am reminded of different things by certain elements in the songs. My music education and personal history exists there, too: "That -- right there -- that's exactly when I knew Fred Below was the best blues drummer!
Yet however great the back-up players were, there was never any question about Muddy Muddy Waters - Muddy ;Mississippi; Waters Live (CD stature for me, Album). He was the greatest. And these were the very songs that Waters would draw from and continue performing for the rest of his long life. So you can guess, can't you, that I believe that everybody who says they love the blues should rightly get into a high state of excitement just hearing the name Muddy Waters?
By the time he recorded this, he was older, more experienced. After decades with the company, he'd left Chess and was recording for Muddy Waters - Muddy ;Mississippi; Waters Live (CD Sky, a label he shared with Johnny and Edgar Winter.
You've heard all of this before, but the clarity of the sound, and the fact that Waters seems in pretty good spirits, playing with a crack band, makes The Lost Tapes an essential addition to any blues lover's collection, and a must buy for Waters devotees. They push Waters into a mostly mellow framework. Don't hesitate on this one thinking it's outtakes or damaged, substandard goods. It's not by a long shot; in fact, it might be the best live Muddy Waters ever released, and an important audio document from perhaps the greatest bluesman of them all.
Sexy Trippy All Moods. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying.
Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date September 2, Release Info Live Recording.
Track Listing - Disc 1. Mannish Boy. Muddy Muddy Waters - Muddy ;Mississippi; Waters Live (CD. She's Nineteen Years Old.
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