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Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters Woodstock Album

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    Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar); Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (vocals, piano); Fred Carter (guitar, bass); Bob Margolin (guitar); Garth Hudson (saxophone,accordion, organ); Howard Johnson (saxophone); Paul Butterfield (harmonica); Levon Helm (......more

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Artist: Waters, Muddy
Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar); Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (vocals, piano); Fred Carter (guitar, bass); Bob Margolin (guitar); Garth Hudson (saxophone,accordion, organ); Howard Johnson (saxophone); Paul Butterfield (harmonica); Levon Helm (bass,drums); Recorded at Bearsville Turtle Creek Studio, Woodstock, New York, February 6 & 7, 1975. Includes liner notes by Chris Morris. Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar); Pinetop Perkins (vocals, piano); Fred Carter, Sammy Lawhorn, Bob Margolin (guitar); Paul Butterfield (harmonica); Garth Hudson (accordion, saxophone, organ, keyboards); Howard Johnson (saxophone); Levon Helm (drums). Liner Note Author: Christopher Morris. Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, New York, NY. This is a Muddy Waters album, but it intersects so tightly with the history of the Band, that it should be checked out by any serious fans of the group. Levon Helm -- who is as proud of having made this record and worked with Muddy as he is of any music he's ever made -- produced and played, and Garth Hudson played keyboards on these sessions, which otherwise feature Waters' touring band. The repertory includes several blues and R&B standards, among them "Kansas City" and "Caldonia," of the kind that the Band did on Moondog Matinee, except that these performances are better. Further, the album is a prelude to Waters' presence at The Last Waltz. Indeed, The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album is really a nexus between Moondog Matinee and The Last Waltz, and picks up a broken thread from the group's early history -- The Band had hooked up briefly with Sonny Boy (Rice Miller) Williamson II in Arkansas, and had hoped to record with him, but Williamson died of cancer before they could work together. This late-era Muddy album gave Helm and Hudson a chance to work at Chess before the label closed its doors, with a figure of even greater stature than Williamson. What's more, for the record, it's a great album, a Grammy winner for Muddy and o...
See Also:
His Best: 1947 to 1955, At Newport, Best of Muddy Waters: 20th Century Masters, The Chess Box, The Anthology: 1947-1972, Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection, Folk Singer
See Influences:
Charley Patton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Bill Broonzy, Tommy Johnson, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Blind Blake, Robert Nighthawk, Tampa Red, Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Big Joe Williams, Leroy Carr, Willie Dixon, Skip James, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell
See Contemporaries:
Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Little Walter, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton (Harmonica), Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Bukka White, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Rogers (Blues), The Legendary Blues Band, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Sunnyland Slim, Hound Dog Taylor, Otis Spann
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Why Are People Like That?
  2. 2 Going Down to Main Street
  3. 3 Born with Nothing
  4. 4 Caldonia
  5. 5 Funny Sounds
  6. 6 Love, Deep as the Ocean
  7. 7 Let the Good Times Roll
  8. 8 Kansas City
  9. 9 Fox Squirrel - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
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Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
43 : 45
Guest Artist:
Paul Butterfield; Levon Helm; Garth Hudson; Bob Margolin
Editorial Reviews:
Down Beat (4/96, p.55) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "After a remarkable run of almost 30 years, the blues titan bid goodbye to Chess Records in 1975 with this strong recording made in the New York State artists community with help from local luminaries..."
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