Fathers and Sons [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The resurgence of Chicago-based blues in the mid- to late 1960s came with an entirely new breed of icons to bear the torch. Among them were the decidedly electric Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Joining Muddy Waters (guitar/vocals) and Otis Spann (piano) on the aptly titled Fathers and Sons are three Butterfield Blues Band alumni: Michael Bloomfield (guitar), Sam Lay (drums), and leader Paul Butterfield (guitar). Further augmenting the personnel is Booker T. and the MG's Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums) -- who cameos during the live "Got My Mojo Workin'" finale. This all-star cast helps reclaim some of Waters' fire, which had been summarily doused on his ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The resurgence of Chicago-based blues in the mid- to late 1960s came with an entirely new breed of icons to bear the torch. Among them were the decidedly electric Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Joining Muddy Waters (guitar/vocals) and Otis Spann (piano) on the aptly titled Fathers and Sons are three Butterfield Blues Band alumni: Michael Bloomfield (guitar), Sam Lay (drums), and leader Paul Butterfield (guitar). Further augmenting the personnel is Booker T. and the MG's Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass) and Buddy Miles (drums) -- who cameos during the live "Got My Mojo Workin'" finale. This all-star cast helps reclaim some of Waters' fire, which had been summarily doused on his previous outing Electric Mud -- a tasteless pseudo-psychedelic disaster. The poorly executed scheme had been designed to introduce Waters' music to a younger and mostly white audience. In essence, Fathers and Sons is able to accomplish with musical integrity what Electric Mud couldn't through gimmickry. Additionally, the incorporation of the younger generation blues men solidified Waters stature as one of the pre-eminent forces in Chicago Blues to a decidedly fresh and underdeveloped audience. The disc is split between studio sides cut on April 21-23 and a half-hour live set. This performance, during the Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree, was documented on the evening following the final day of studio recording. The event was held at Auditorium Theater in (where else?) Chicago. Simplifying the process is Fathers and Sons set list, which consists of exclusively vintage Waters material. "Mean Disposition" and "Standin' Round Cryin'" drip with Bloomfield and Butterfield's nasty languid electric funk and feature Waters' determined and energized vocals. On the up-tempo blues
ockers "Walking Thru the Park" and "Sugar Sweet" the nimble and lyrical guitar passages meld the distance between Waters and the electric blues of Cream and Led Zeppelin. The 2001 remastered CD edition includes four additional studio sides issued here for the first time: "Country Boy," "I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)," "Oh Yeah," and "I Feel So Good." Without question, the highlight of Fathers and Sons is the live performances which are incessantly fuelled by the explosive nature of the musicians on stage as well as the audience. "Long Distance Call" and the two-part "Got My Mojo Working" are the finest pieces on the album. They likewise rate among the most complimentary marriages of Chicago R&B with rock & roll. Of Muddy Waters' later recordings, it certainly got no better than the summit meeting heard on Fathers and Sons. Fans of Waters' true and natural showmanship, as well as enthusiasts of blues-based rock & roll will find plenty to revisit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 008811264826
  • Catalog Number: 112648
  • Sales rank: 9,662

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Paul Butterfield Harmonica
Buddy Miles Drums
Phil Upchurch Bass Guitar
Sam Lay Drums
Paul Asbell Rhythm Guitar
Jeffrey M. Carp Chromatic Harmonica
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Willie Dixon Composer, Advisor
Don Wilson Illustrations
Phil Chess Advisor
Norman Dayron Producer
Frank Driggs Reissue Photography
Mike Fink Reissue Design
Reice Hamel Engineer
Ron Malo Engineer
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Sonny Woods Original Production Assistance
Bernard Roth Composer
Beth Stempel Reissue Production Coordination
Ryan Null Reissue Photo Research
Preston Foster Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Fathers and Sons is a must have!

    The premise here is a joining of blues legends incl. Muddy Waters, with new blood such as Paul Butterfield and Al Kooper. Its LIVE and timeless Chicago Blues. Got my first copy free with a subscription to Rolling Stone back in the 60's and it's great to have it back, better sounding than ever, along with bonus tracks not on the original dbl 2-lp set

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential Muddy Waters

    Along with Live At Newport and the later Blue Sky titles, Fathers & Sons is essential Muddy. If the climax to the live ''Long Distance Call'' doesn't grab you (''Muddy Waters...another mule's been kickin' in your stall'') you probably are beyond being grabbed. The all-star backing (Bloomfield and Duck Dunn) draws attention to this set, but it's all about Muddy and he's at the top of his game. It's also a perfect intro to his music.

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