Breakin' It Up & Breakin' It Down

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In March 1977, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and James Cotton did a concert tour together in support of Waters' then-recent Hard Again LP, on which Winter had played guitar (as well as produced) and Cotton had played harmonica. This CD, not released until about 30 years later, has an hour of music drawn from three different shows on the tour. It might have been spurred by a Muddy Waters album, but in fact Waters, Winter, and Cotton all took vocals -- sometimes alone, and sometimes on the same song -- on stage, and these 11 songs feature the vocals of each of the three in about equal measure. Often these kind of touring combinations are too many cooks in the kitchen, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In March 1977, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and James Cotton did a concert tour together in support of Waters' then-recent Hard Again LP, on which Winter had played guitar (as well as produced) and Cotton had played harmonica. This CD, not released until about 30 years later, has an hour of music drawn from three different shows on the tour. It might have been spurred by a Muddy Waters album, but in fact Waters, Winter, and Cotton all took vocals -- sometimes alone, and sometimes on the same song -- on stage, and these 11 songs feature the vocals of each of the three in about equal measure. Often these kind of touring combinations are too many cooks in the kitchen, or, if not quite that, at least more fun to attend than to listen to on tape. The latter could be said of the material on this disc, which is really just okay, not great, and not even among the best recordings that have been issued of Waters in the mid-'70s. It's still solid and decent, including some Waters classics ("Can't Be Satisfied," "Got My Mojo Workin'," "Trouble No More"), Cotton originals, and covers of staples by Jackie Brenston ("Rocket 88"), John Lee Hooker ("I Done Got Over It"), J.B. Lenoir ("Mama Talk to Your Daughter"), Lowell Fulson ("Love Her with a Feeling"), and Elmore James ("Dust My Broom"), as well as the famed jump blues "Caledonia." It's undeniable, however, that Waters was, even at this relatively advanced age, by far the most commanding singer of the trio. The songs on which his vocals are prominent (especially "Can't Be Satisfied" and "Trouble No More") kind of dwarf the ones on which his singing is absent or secondary, making the cuts that emphasize Cotton and Winter seem rather workmanlike in comparison. Nevertheless, the sound is good, and the band filled out competently with sidemen (particularly Pinetop Perkins on piano), making this a satisfactory listen for serious blues collectors, though a little superfluous for most fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970728324
  • Catalog Number: 707283
  • Sales rank: 8,817

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Cat Bone/Dust My Broom - Muddy Waters (5:53)
  2. 2 Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters (3:47)
  3. 3 Caledonia - Muddy Waters (6:57)
  4. 4 Dealin' with the Devil - Muddy Waters (7:50)
  5. 5 Rocket 88 - Muddy Waters (2:09)
  6. 6 I Done Got Over It - Muddy Waters (5:59)
  7. 7 How Long Can a Fool Go Wrong - Muddy Waters (5:53)
  8. 8 Mama Talk to Your Daughter - Muddy Waters (5:53)
  9. 9 Love Her with a Feeling - Muddy Waters (5:47)
  10. 10 Trouble No More - Muddy Waters (4:09)
  11. 11 Got My Mojo Workin' - Muddy Waters (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Cotton Primary Artist, Harp, Vocals
Johnny Winter Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bob Margolin Guitar, Vocals
Charles Calmese Bass, Bass Guitar
Pinetop Perkins Piano, Vocals
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Johnny Winter Composer
Bob Margolin Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Steven Berkowitz Producer, Audio Production
Alex Atkins Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
Elmore James Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Al Quaglieri Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Jones Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Preston Foster Composer
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