The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657029626
  • Catalog Number: 296
  • Sales rank: 5,668

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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