Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Muddy Waters

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
One of the major figures of modern American music, Muddy Waters revolutionized the blues and helped to shape the main stem of classic rock 'n' roll. Waters learned country blues growing up in Mississippi during the 1930s and early '40s. Relocating to Chicago, he eventually got himself an electric guitar and put a loud and lively band behind him -- the rest is history. Some of the most powerful of the groundbreaking performances that Waters and his early ensembles recorded can be heard on this well-chosen collection, which includes ”I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “Long Distance Call,” “Got My Mojo Working,” and "( I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man.” Among the celebrated bluesmen ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
One of the major figures of modern American music, Muddy Waters revolutionized the blues and helped to shape the main stem of classic rock 'n' roll. Waters learned country blues growing up in Mississippi during the 1930s and early '40s. Relocating to Chicago, he eventually got himself an electric guitar and put a loud and lively band behind him -- the rest is history. Some of the most powerful of the groundbreaking performances that Waters and his early ensembles recorded can be heard on this well-chosen collection, which includes ”I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “Long Distance Call,” “Got My Mojo Working,” and "( I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man.” Among the celebrated bluesmen supporting Waters’s magnificent vocals and slide guitar are harmonica giant Little Walter, guitarist Jimmy Rodgers, and pianist Otis Spann. The rockers who were influenced by these and other Waters classics -- from the Rolling Stones to Bonnie Raitt, on through today’s blues-informed performers -- are simply innumerable. The set concludes with a later Waters gem, the aptly titled “The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As part of the compilation series issued in conjunction with the major television series documentary The Blues, this is a collection of 16 of Waters' more notable performances. Though they span his entire career, actually all but three of them are taken from his prime years for Chess Records between the late '40s and mid-'60s. The two-disc The Anthology: 1947-1972 remains the best Waters best-of and there have been a number of them if you want to spend some more money, but this is pretty good if you can be satisfied with a single-disc collection. Many listeners would rate "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Rollin' & Tumblin'," "Rollin' Stone," "Long Distance Call," "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Mannish Boy," "Trouble No More," "Got My Mojo Working," and "You Shook Me" all of which are here as not just indisputably among Muddy's best songs, but also as among the most essential electric blues done by anyone. That doesn't mean that there aren't great tracks that didn't make the cut "Walkin' Thru the Park," "You Need Love," and "I'm Ready," for starters, but at least those are readily available elsewhere if you do decide you crave more than what's here. As Waters compilations go, this does have the mild advantage of taking in a few items before and after his Chess days, those being one of his acoustic early-'40s Library of Congress recordings "Country Blues, Number One", a 1946 track from his Columbia session "Burying Ground Blues", and a number from his Johnny Winter-produced 1976 Hard Again album "The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock & Roll".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 008811325428
  • Catalog Number: 000048202
  • Sales rank: 18,810

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Cotton Harmonica
Earl Hooker Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Little Walter Harmonica
A.C. Reed Tenor Saxophone
Junior Wells Harmonica
Bob Margolin Guitar
Fred Below Drums
Charles Calmese Bass
Francis Clay Drums
Ernest "Big" Crawford Bass
Elgin Evans Drums
Leroy Foster Guitar
Pat Hare Guitar
Ransom Knowling Bass
Lafayette Leake Piano
S.P. Leary Drums
Bob Little Drums
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Otis Spann Piano
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker Organ
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Willie Dixon Band Bass
James Clark Piano
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Ulrich Felsburg Executive Producer
Mel London Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Willie Dixon Band Producer
Erick Labson Mastering
Martin Scorsese Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde Producer
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Paul "PDA" Allen Executive Producer
Richard Hutton Producer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Preston Foster Composer
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