Monday, September 17, 2007

375. Muddy Waters - Hard Again (1977)

Track Listing

1. Mannish Boy
2. Bus Driver
3. I Want to Be Loved
4. Jealous Hearted Man
5. I Can't Be Satisfied
6. Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock & Roll
7. Deep Down in Florida
8. Crosseyed Cat
9. Little Girl


After a pretty disappointing decade Muddy Waters comes back, and he is indeed hard again. Muddy Waters is probably my favourite blues player, but he did have a pretty dismal bunch of years in the late 60's and early 70's, but he really redeems himself with this album.

This album is dirty blues, and even tough Muddy doesn't play his guitar there is still plenty of good musicians around. Muddy's voice is as gritty as ever and fortunately there is quite a bit of studio chatter around him, making it sound like they are all having a lot of fun, and that is what you want from a Blues album, people who are loving the music they are making.

This sounds real, not manufactured or poppy in any way, it is gritty dirty blues with a proper stomp to them. Even if, like most blues the signatures are instantly recognisable and there is nothing particularly new or innovative here this is a pretty perfect Blues album, it is just doing it right, not being fancy or innovative, just doing it right.

Track Highlights

1. Mannish Boy
2. Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock & Roll
3. Crosseyed Cat
4. Jealous Hearted Man

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

His influence is almost incalculable, over a variety of music genres: blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, folk, jazz, and country. Waters also helped Chuck Berry get his first record contract.

His 1958 tour of England marked possibly the first time amplified, modern urban blues was heard there, although on his first tour he was the only one amplified. His backing was provided by Englishman Chris Barber's trad jazz group. (One critic retreated to the restroom to write his review because he found the band so loud.)

The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters' 1950 song, "Rollin' Stone," (also known as "Catfish Blues," which Jimi Hendrix covered as well). Cream covered his song "Rollin' and Tumblin'" on their 1966 debut album Fresh Cream. The song was also adapted by Bob Dylan in the album "Modern Times." One of Led Zeppelin's biggest hits, "Whole Lotta Love", is based upon the Muddy Waters hit, "You Need Love," which was written by Willie Dixon. Dixon wrote some of Muddy Waters' most famous songs, including "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (a big radio hit for the '70s rock band Foghat), "Hoochie Coochie Man," made famous by The Allman Brothers Band and "I'm Ready." Angus Young of the rock group AC/DC has cited Waters as one of his influences. His songs sometimes appear in long-time fan Martin Scorsese's movies, including The Color of Money, Casino, as well as Goodfellas. Waters's 1970s recording of his mid-'50s hit "Mannish Boy" (a/k/a "I'm A Man") was used memorably in the hit film "Risky Business".

Other songs for which Muddy Waters is known include "Long Distance Call", "Rock Me", and the blues anthem "Got My Mojo Working".

Mannish Boy:

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