Muddy Waters
Sings Big Bill Broonzy - 180g -

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

( 1960 ) - 2014 EU repressed on 180g LP = This 1960 classic in which Muddy plays the songs of his idol Big Bill Broonzy is very rare on its own. The artwork is signed by the great man himself on the front in a truly sweet spot. Presented ...

Label:  Wax Time 
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Release date: 03-04-2014((originally recorded in 1960)

2014 EU repressed on 180g LP = This 1960 classic in which Muddy plays the songs of his idol Big Bill Broonzy is very rare on its own. The artwork is signed by the great man himself on the front in a truly sweet spot. Presented ... Presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve.

Tracks:
A1 Tell Me Baby
A2 Southbound Train
A3 When I Get To Thinking
A4 Just A Dream
A5 Double Trouble
A6 Soon Forgotten(bonus track)

B1 I Feel So Good
B2 I Done Got Wise
B3 Moppers Blues
B4 Lonesome Road Blues
B5 Hey Hey
B6 Meanest Woman (bonus track)

 

Waters's tribute album to the man who gave him his start on the Chicago circuit, this stuff doesn't sound much like Broonzy so much as a virtual recasting of his songs into Muddy's electric Chicago style. Evidently the first time Waters and his band were recorded in stereo, the highlights include high voltage takes on "When I Get to Drinkin'" and "The Mopper's Blues," with some really great harp from James Cotton as an added bonus.
 
In 1960, when Muddy Waters recorded this album as a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy two years after his death, he could be sure of Broonzy's approval. "Oh yeah, Muddy is a real singer of the Blues," Big Bill, that Mississippi foundation stone, was heard to say early on in Muddy Waters' career, although the sound of the man 15 years his junior could be likened to new shoots coming out of the gnarled root named the blues.
 
Full of confidence after a "Best Of" compilation released on the Chess label in 1959 and his legendary appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, Muddy set down his own Broonzy songs. It goes almost without saying that such successful numbers as "I Feel So Good" and "Tell Me Baby" are overflowing with a ‘Chicago feeling‘ which gets right under your skin.
 
Pulsating with the metallic heartbeat of the electric guitar and the gyrating licks which James Cotton conjures out of his harmonica, the cover title amalgamates the individual styles of two top-notch blues musicians to produce a highly emotional mixture. And let's not forget the band formed around keyboarder Otis Spann, their fellow musician of many years' standing. Just listen carefully to this small but excellent ensemble and you will certainly forget the banal term ‘rhythm group‘!
 
"In these ten blues, Bill Broonzy's look at life is offered and his love of it; the women, the whiskey, the pride , the joy - and the friends. Just as Big Bill sang of and for his friends, long gone, so Muddy Waters sings of and for his friend, just gone down that lonesome road." - Studs Terkel from the original liner notes
 
 Musicians:
 Muddy Waters (vocals)
 James Cotton (harmonica)
 Pat Hare (guitar)
 Otis Spann (piano)
 Andrew Stephenson (bass)
 Francey Clay / Willie Smith (drums)

Recording July and August 1959 in Chicago

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Wax Time
Originally released: 1960
This release: 2003
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