sábado, 20 de febrero de 2010

Muddy WATERS - The London Muddy Waters Sessions 1971

Muddy WATERS - The London Muddy Waters Sessions 1971


It's difficult to compare the "London Sessions" recordings of selected blues greats, but this one has to rank with the very best. "Key to the Highway", "Walking Blues" are just a sample of tunes that Muddy trademarked as his standards on this album. Every song may not rate 5 stars, but the composite is. I think Muddy derived great joy in making it, as I have in tuning in to this recording.
He headed to England in 1958 and shocked his overseas audiences with loud, amplified electric guitar and a thunderous beat. When R&B began to die down shortly after, Waters switched back to his older style of country blues. His gig at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 (see At Newport 1960) turned on a whole new generation to Waters's Delta sound. After which English musicians of the likes of Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones expressed a fondness for the new sound, Waters switched back to electric circa 1964. Thereupon expressing anger when he felt that members of his own race were turning their backs to the genre while a Caucasian audience had shown increasing respect for the blues.
However, for the better part of twenty years (since his last big hit in 1956, “I'm Ready”) Waters was put on the back shelf by the Chess label and recorded albums with various “popular” themes: Brass And The Blues, Electric Mud, etc. In 1972 he went back to England to record The London Muddy Waters Sessions with four hotshot rockers•Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, and Mitch Mitchell • but their playing wasn't up to his standards. “These boys are top musicians, they can play with me, put the book before 'em and play it, you know,” he told Guralnick. “But that ain't what I need to sell my people, it ain't the Muddy Waters sound. An if you change my sound, then you gonna change the whole man.”
Bass- Rick Grech
Drums- Herbie Lovelle (tracks: A1, B2, B4) ,
Drums- Mitch Mitchell
Guitar- Rory Gallagher , Sam Lawhorn
Harmonica- Carey Bell, Harrington
Piano, Organ- Georgie Fortune , Steve Winwood (tracks: A2, A4, B3)
Tenor Sax- Seldon Powell
Trombone- Garnett Brown
Trumpet- Ernie Royal , Joe Newman
Vocals- Rosetta Hightower (tracks: A1)
Vocals, Guitar- Muddy Waters
A1. Blind Man Blues 3:31
A2. Key to the Highway 2:23
A3. Young Fashioned Ways 4:21
A4. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town 3:55
A5. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone 5:03
B1. Walkin' Blues 3:00
B2. I'm Ready 4:09
B3. Sad Sad Day 5:17
B4. I Don't Know Why 4:03

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