THE WILLIAM CLAXTON COLLECTION
180 pure virgin vinyl LPs in Gatefold packaging
4 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
MUDDY WATERS, vocals, and guitar, plus:
JAMES COTTON (harmonica)
PAT HARE (guitar)
ANDREW STEPHENSON (bass,
OTIS SPANN (piano on all tracks, vocals on B4),
FRANCIS CLAY (drums),
LANGSTON HUGHES (announcer).
Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 3, 1960.
(*) Bonus track:
Muddy Waters (voc, g); Little Walter (hca);
Hubert Sumlin, Pat Hare (g); Willie Dixon (b);
Otis Spann (p); Francis Clay (d).
Chicago, December 1956.
1 I GOT MY BRAND ON YOU
2 (I’M YOUR) HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
3 BABY, PLEASE DON’T GO
4 SOON FORGOTTEN
5 TIGER IN YOUR TANK
1 I FEEL SO GOOD
2 I’VE GOT MY MOJO WORKING (Part 1)
3 I’VE GOT MY MOJO WORKING (Part 2)
4 GOODBYE NEWPORT BLUES
5 I’VE GOT MY MOJO WORKING [studio version] (*)
(*) BONUS TRACK
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Muddy Waters, whose real name was McKinley Morganfield, is known to 20th century musical history as one of the greatest exponents of American blues and as the father of Chicago Blues: a type of blues that includes bass, piano, amplified guitars and drums, as a variant of the basic Delta Blues of guitars and harmonica.
The legacy of Muddy Waters (Hoochie Coochie Man - 1954) inspired the musical production of British blues, which began to be accentuated during the early 1960s.
Muddy Waters (Rolling Stones - ranked No. 17 in the magazine's top greatest artists of all time) was more than a blues musician, singer and songwriter. He shaped the blues scene in both the United States and England, but he also influenced Rock culture. An example of this is that one of his most emblematic fans, the famous band Rolling Stones, owes its name to Waters' song, produced in 1948, called "Rollin Stone", also known as "Catfish Blues".
Waters was born in Issaquena on April 4, 1913 and died in Westmont, Illinois, on April 30, 1983. His musical beginnings took place among the cotton plantations along the Mississippi River delta, influenced by minority music groups that refreshed the parties of settlers and farm workers.
In Issaquena, Muddy Waters had the opportunity to learn from Son House, a singer whose powerful voice set the mood for the intense hours of work, and also from the legendary Robert Jhonson, with whom he was able to maintain contact. But it was not until 1946 when Alan Lomax, a talent scout, helped Muddy to produce a song that was sent to Congress, composed of Country Blues and I be's troubled.
From there, and moved by a growing interest in music, Muddy moves to Chicago, where he learns to play the electric guitar and where he popularizes what would become his own musical trademark: the way he uses the slide to play.
In Chicago, he records for the first time with Chess Records, showcasing just guitar, vocals and double bass, and later adds some percussion and Little Walter on harmonica to his career. Muddy Waters and Little Walter, but also Jimmy Rogers (guitar), Otis Spann (piano), and on bass and drums different musicians, formed what would become The Muddy Waters Blues Band, the group that, along with the strength of voice and charisma of Muddy, was largely constituted as one of the most popular Chicago blues, and later, a powerful influence for the British blues.
As a bluesman, Muddy influenced the whole range of the modern blues genre, but he also became one of the most influential references in the Rock & Roll of the time. It is well known that rock is a mixture of many rhythms, but if we must identify a cradle or main matrix, this would be the blues; especially the electric blues that Muddy Waters made in Chicago.
Muddy Waters and Rolling Stone, for example, is a sample of the influence that Waters exerted on the rock bands that later became immortalized. In that history, names such as Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Jimmi Hendrix, AC/DC, and other rock exponents mention Muddy as one of their greatest and most impressive influences, which also carries over into Jazz, Folk, Rhythm & Blues and Country.
COLLABORATORS IN PERFORMANCE
Muddy's performances were privileged to feature a plethora of artists from various genres: Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Baby Face Leroy, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Earl Hooker, Fred Below, Walter Horton, Sunnyland Smith, among others.
Although in the Howlin Wolf-Muddy Waters rivalry it is still debated who was more influential, Muddy is considered a mythical bluesman because of the prominence of his legacy, but also because of the mythical quality of those who shared the stage with him and collaborated in his performances. All in all, Muddy Water's influence on the genre and his successors takes a place of honor alongside Howlin Wolf, Ray Charles and Louis Amrstrong.
In general, Muddy Waters has a prolific oeuvre of 30 recordings, released by labels such as Geffen/Universal, Chess, MCA, Syndicate, Blues Sky, among others.
Let's get to know his main albums in chronological order:
1960: Sings Big Bill – Geffen y Universal.
1960: At Newport.
1964: Folk Singer – Chess.
1966: Brass and the Blues– Chess.
1968: Electric Mud – Geffen, Intercospe, Chess, MCA.
1969: After the Rain – Cadet, Concept, Get on Down.
1969: Fathers and Sons – MCA.
1972: The London Muddy Waters Sessions – Chess.
1973: Can't Get No Grindin– Geffen.
1974: 'Unk' in Funk – Geffen.
1975: Muddy Waters Woodstock Album – Chess, MCA.
1977: Hard Again – Blue Sky.
1978: I'm Ready – Blue Sky.
1981: King Bee – Blue Sky.
MOST FAMOUS SONG
With nearly 30 albums in his discography and a similar number of singles, Muddy has songs that marked a milestone in the musical history of both blues and rock. Several of his songs were covered by different artists and through other genres. We have for example the classics: "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Got My Mojo Working", "Rolling and Tumbling" or "She's Nineteen Years Old".
In the case of the song "I Just Want To Make Love To You", it was covered by Etta James and the Rolling Stones themselves. Another Water classic that inspired Led Zeppelin was "You Shook Me", which caused an outstanding impact on Jagger, Richards and Jimmy Page.
Some of the most iconic songs by Muddy Waters, a name that translates to "Muddy Waters," were written by Willie Dixon, a bass and lyricism cracker of the era. Even today, the legacy of this bluesman is still taken into account: LP Muddy Waters, theme of the American rocker, is a sample of this.