You Shook Me: The Chess Masters, Vol. 3: 1958 to 1963

You Shook Me: The Chess Masters, Vol. 3: 1958 to 1963

by Muddy Waters
     
 
You Shook Me, the third volume in UMG's Muddy Waters' Chess Masters reissue series, offers a portrait of both the artist and the label coming to grips with the still relatively new LP format between 1958 and 1963. As a genre, blues, like R&B, was primarily issued on 45 rpm singles, sold in mom-and-pop stores, to jukebox vendors and in department stores.

Overview

You Shook Me, the third volume in UMG's Muddy Waters' Chess Masters reissue series, offers a portrait of both the artist and the label coming to grips with the still relatively new LP format between 1958 and 1963. As a genre, blues, like R&B, was primarily issued on 45 rpm singles, sold in mom-and-pop stores, to jukebox vendors and in department stores. Concentrating on long-form recordings proved to be a challenge that Waters and his ever-changing backing band embraced while never losing sight of the appeal of the single. There are plenty of the latter here. This two-disc set surveys that terrain and presents him at another creative peak. The earliest of these sessions takes place in August of 1958; it resulted in the Waters' original "Walking in the Park." It was later issued as single with the classic flip "Mean Mistreater" (recorded in January of 1959). It reveals the basic strategy of the set compilers, too: to present this material chronologically, rather than contextually, meaning that some of these cuts didn't appear until a decade or two later. The actual albums here are Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters at Newport, both, like every other track in this set, are in fully remastered glory. The musicians around Waters at this time were all crack session men; many served in his live bands. They included longtime piano man Otis Spann, James Cotton, Willie Dixon, A.C. Reed, Matt Murphy, Little Walter, Pat Hare, Andrew Stephenson, and many more. Other than the Newport date, this is also the period in which Waters stopped playing guitar in the studio in order to focus on his vocals. While the music here is straight up, raw, and ready, his signature rough, wrangling guitar style does register an absence, but the power of his persona compensates. Some of Waters' lesser-known tunes, which stand with the best of his work, are also included in the package, such as "Little Brown Bird," "Tough Times," "Going a Home," and "Messin' with the Man," all of which were issued on various singles. "Real Love" and "Down by the Deep Blue Sea" were previously unreleased in the U.S., and the instrumental version of Lucille Bogan's "Sweet Black Angel" demonstrate further the way Chess had finally fully embraced new recording technology: beginning in 1962, the band would record basic tracks and Waters would eventually add his vocals. One can only wonder what this instrumental pop would have sounded like with his kingly voice. For those who've invested in the first two volumes, You Shook Me is another necessity for the collection. It reveals Waters in full command of not only his music, but of his stature as an artist as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2012
Label:
Geffen Select
UPC:
0602537164653
catalogNumber:
001758102

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Walking Thru the Park
  2. Blues Before Sunrise
  3. Mean Mistreater
  4. Crawlin' Kingsnake
  5. Lonesome Road Blues
  6. Mopper's Blues
  7. Take the Bitter With the Sweet
  8. She's Into Something
  9. Southbound Train
  10. Just A Dream (On My Mind)
  11. I Feel So Good
  12. Hey, Hey
  13. Love Affair
  14. Recipe For Love
  15. Baby, I Done Got Wise
  16. Tell Me Baby
  17. When I Get to Thinking
  18. Double Trouble
  19. Woman Wanted
  20. Read Way Back
  21. I'm Your Doctor
  22. Deep Down In My Heart
  23. Tiger In Your Tank
  24. Soon Forgotten
  25. Meanest Woman
  26. I Got My Brand On You

Disc 2

  1. I Got My Brand On You
  2. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man [Li
  3. Baby Please Don't Go
  4. Soon Forgotten
  5. (I Wanna Put A) Tiger In Your Tank
  6. I Feel So Good
  7. Got My Mojo Working, Pt. 1
  8. Got My Mojo Working, Pt. 2
  9. Goodbye Newport Blues
  10. Real Love
  11. Lonesome Bedroom Blues
  12. Messin' With the Man
  13. Going Home
  14. Down By the Deep Blue Sea
  15. Muddy Waters Twist
  16. Tough Times
  17. You Shook Me
  18. You Need Love
  19. Little Brown Bird
  20. Sweet Black Angel (AKA Black Angel Blues)
  21. Five Long Years
  22. Brown Skin Woman
  23. Twenty Four Hours

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muddy Waters   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
James Cotton   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass,Vocals
Earl Hooker   Guitar
Casey Jones   Drums
Little Walter   Harmonica
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Boyd Atkins   Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Brenston   Baritone Saxophone
Francis Clay   Drums
Duncan   Drums
Pat Hare   Acoustic Guitar
George Hunter   Drums
Earnest Johnson   Bass
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Milton Rector   Bass
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Otis Spann   Piano,Vocals
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Lafayette Thomas   Guitar
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker   Organ
Matt Murphy   Guitar
Marcus Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Little   Drums

Technical Credits

Lucille Bogan   Composer
Eddie Boyd   Composer
Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer
Curtis Jones   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Langston Hughes   Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Walter Roland   Composer
Carl Wright   Composer
McKinley   Composer
Waymon Glasco   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Harriett Melka   Composer
Fred Rothwell   Source Material
Preston Foster   Composer
Phil Wright   Source Material
James Oden   Composer
James B. Oden   Composer
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Otis Smothers   Composer
John T. Brown   Composer

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