About half of these nine tracks are re-recordings of previously issued songs (as is the case with all of Muddy Waters' Johnny Winter-produced late-seventies/early eighties albums). And there aren't really any instant classics among the new songs.
So should you avoid this album?
Not at all. The sound is great, and the musicianship is excellent, making this a very worthy addition to anyone's Muddy Waters-collection. And Waters is backed not only by his then-current touring band featuring guitarist Jimmy Rogers and pianist Joe "Pinetop" Perkins, but also by harpists Jerry Portnoy and Walter Horton, and Johnny Winter plays sublime slide guitar on "Who Do You Trust".
The best songs are the re-recorded ones...."Hoochie Coochie Man", "I'm Ready", John Lee Williamson's "Good Morning Little School Girl"....but new songs like "Copper Brown", "33 Years" and "Who Do You Trust" are more than worth a listen, not least because of the superb arragements.
And this is a rare chance to hear Muddy Waters' smouldering slide guitar playing...he all but abandoned his guitar on most of his 60s and 70s recordings, but here he lays down as solid a slide riff as you'll ever hear on "33 Years" and "Screamin' And Cryin'".
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- Product Dimensions : 31.75 x 31.75 x 0.33 cm; 276.12 Grams
- Manufacturer : MUSIC ON VINYL
- Manufacturer reference : 8718469530946
- Original Release Date : 2012
- Label : MUSIC ON VINYL
- ASIN : B008DBGAEI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Fine latter-day MuddyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2003
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Superrrrrrrb . . .Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 February 2019
Buy this - it is the best thing since sliced bread. Classic blues and brilliantly played - and SUNG.
Peter A Thompson
ExcellentReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 February 2020
Excellent... Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter excel. Also, try the first album of their collaboration... Hard Again... brilliant.
Keeps coming up to the top of my play listReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 September 2014
Arrived on time and well packaged, what more can I say than hours of wonderful music by a talented musician.
mr d widley
Good MUDReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2014
really good recording ,Top back up musos and sixtys feel very pleased with this C D ,Have not stoped lisening to it