Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981

Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981

by Muddy Waters
     
 

Muddy Waters left Chess only when the label folded upon its sale in the mid-'70s, but by that point he was in need of the kind of career revival that only comes with a new label and new set of collaborators. That's precisely what Muddy received in 1976, when he signed with Blue Sky Records and teamed up with the hotshot blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter, who produced… See more details below

Overview

Muddy Waters left Chess only when the label folded upon its sale in the mid-'70s, but by that point he was in need of the kind of career revival that only comes with a new label and new set of collaborators. That's precisely what Muddy received in 1976, when he signed with Blue Sky Records and teamed up with the hotshot blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter, who produced Waters' acclaimed 1977 comeback, Hard Again, and its sequels, 1978's I'm Ready and 1981's King Bee, along with supporting Muddy for the 1979 concert set Muddy Mississippi Waters Live. All four albums are cherry-picked for Raven's 2009 compilation The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981, which also adds a cut from the 2003 deluxe edition of Live and Muddy's duet "Walking Thru the Park" from Winter's 1977 album, Nothin' But the Blues. Although Hard Again is indisputably the best album of the batch, vibrating with Muddy's renewed vigor, the other records maintained a fairly consistent high level of quality, with many of the best moments featured here among these 19 tracks. Winter placed Waters in a setting that recalled the loose, gritty intimacy of Chess but crackled with the electric energy and dirty rhythms of his disciples, something that revitalized Muddy and still gives these recordings a kick that resonates decades later.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657029626
catalogNumber:
296
Rank:
80419

Tracks

  1. Mannish Boy  - Muddy Waters
  2. I'm Ready  - Muddy Waters
  3. Rock Me  - Muddy Waters
  4. I Want to Be Loved  - Muddy Waters
  5. 33 Years  - Muddy Waters
  6. The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll  - Muddy Waters
  7. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man  - Muddy Waters
  8. Crosseyed Cat  - Muddy Waters
  9. Who Do You Trust  - Muddy Waters
  10. Good Morning Little School Girl  - Muddy Waters
  11. Copper Brown  - Muddy Waters
  12. I Can't Be Satisfied  - Muddy Waters
  13. I'm a King Bee  - Muddy Waters
  14. Mean Old Frisco Blues  - Muddy Waters
  15. Champagne & Reefer  - Muddy Waters
  16. (My Eyes) Keep Me in Trouble  - Muddy Waters
  17. Baby Please Don't Go  - Muddy Waters
  18. Trouble No More  - Muddy Waters
  19. Walking Thru the Park  - Muddy Waters

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muddy Waters   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
James Cotton   Harp
Big Walter Horton   Harp
Johnny Winter   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Smith   Drums
Bob Margolin   Bass,Guitar
Jerry Portnoy   Harp
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Charles Calmese   Bass
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Joe Perkins   Piano
Joe Willie Perkins   Piano
Luther Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Johnny Winter   Producer,Audio Production
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Mel London   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
James Moore   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Joe Lee Williams   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
Kevin Mueller   Concept
Peter Shillito   Concept
Terry Reilly   Liner Notes
Marva Brooks   Composer
Harp Walker   Composer

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