The Lost Tapes

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
The magnificent Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters lives again on THE LOST TAPES, a set of 11 cuts taken from concerts that were recorded in 1971 at the universities of Washington and Oregon. Muddy and his band cover some of his signature tunes --"Honey Bee," "Mannish Boy," and "Got My Mojo Working" are among them -- but the kicker is a live clip of "Long Distance Call" that can be viewed by Windows users. Dressed in a plaid jacket Muddy is magnetic, drawing you in with his elegant but earthy presence. There is also a clip of an interview with Waters on a tour bus, Big Mama Thornton at his side.Though he doesn't reveal any new tidbits in what he says, just the chance to hear...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
The magnificent Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters lives again on THE LOST TAPES, a set of 11 cuts taken from concerts that were recorded in 1971 at the universities of Washington and Oregon. Muddy and his band cover some of his signature tunes --"Honey Bee," "Mannish Boy," and "Got My Mojo Working" are among them -- but the kicker is a live clip of "Long Distance Call" that can be viewed by Windows users. Dressed in a plaid jacket Muddy is magnetic, drawing you in with his elegant but earthy presence. There is also a clip of an interview with Waters on a tour bus, Big Mama Thornton at his side.Though he doesn't reveal any new tidbits in what he says, just the chance to hear that resonant voice tell of growing up in Mississippi is a thrill.Music and movies of Muddy Waters: It doesn't get any better than this for late --20th- - century blues fans.
All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
It's been a while since we've seen any unreleased material from Muddy Waters. You've heard all of this before, but the clarity of the sound, and the fact that Waters seems in pretty good spirits, playing with a crack band, makes The Lost Tapes an essential addition to any blues lover's collection, and a must buy for Waters devotees. The band is really a great one, with pianist Pinetop Perkins, guitarists Pee Wee Madison and Sammy Lawhorn, George Harmonica Smith, bassist Calvin "Fuzz" Jones and drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. They push Waters into a mostly mellow framework. The first seven cuts were recorded at the University of Washington, and comprise favorites like "Honey Bee," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Walkin' Through the Park," "Trouble No More," "Just to Be with You," and a lengthy spoken intro by Waters prior to the ten-minute "She's Nineteen Years Old." Tracks are banded for radio airplay, and everything is so very well recorded. The final four cuts were recorded at the University of Oregon: "Long Distance Call," "Mannish Boy," "Crawlin' Kingsnake" and the cookin' "Got My Mojo Workin'." Waters' signature mellow but insistent persona shines, the band is ultra-tight, Perkins and Smith lay it out time after ever lovin' time, and Waters' slide work gets some overdue play. Don't hesitate on this one thinking it's outtakes or damaged, substandard goods. It's not by a long shot; in fact, it might be the best live Muddy Waters ever released, and an important audio document from perhaps the greatest bluesman of them all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148505421
  • Catalog Number: 5054
  • Sales rank: 18,097

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones Bass
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Pinetop Perkins Piano
George "Harmonica" Smith Harmonica
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Richard Chalk Producer, Executive Producer
Ed Johnson Mastering
Steve Curry Mastering
Ray Flerlage Artwork
Russ Ragsdale Producer
Tim Schuller Liner Notes
Bob Totten Interviewer
Link Wyler Producer
Joan Wyler Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite live Muddy Waters album

    At first I wasn't sure how I would like this album - it is, after all, mostly a live "hits" collection. After listening just once, though, I was amazed at the musicianship and energy this album has and it is good to hear Muddy playing a lot of guitar here. To me, this is a better live document than "Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters Live", which is still a great record. Could the people who compiled it have added more songs from the shows it was recorded at? Of course. But what we have is a testament to what a truly amazing blues player Muddy really was.

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