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The Complete Plantation Recordings

Muddy WatersAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Country Blues (Number One) (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Interview #1 (Plantation Recordings)Alan Lomax 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Be's Troubled (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Interview #2 (Plantation Recordings)Alan Lomax 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Burr Clover Farm Blues (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Interview #3 (Plantation Recordings)John Work 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ramblin' Kid Blues (Plantation Recordings (Partial Version))Son Simms Four 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ramblin' Kid Blues (Plantation Recordings Version)Son Simms Four 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rosalie (Plantation Recordings Version)Son Simms Four 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Joe Turner (Plantation Recordings Version)Son Simms Four 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pearlie May Blues (Plantation Recordings Version)Son Simms Four 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Take A Walk With Me (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Burr Clover Blues (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Interview #4 (Plantation Recordings)Muddy Waters0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Be Bound To Write To You (Plantation Recordings (First Version))Muddy Waters 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Be Bound To Write To You (Plantation Recordings (Second Version))Muddy Waters 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (Number One) (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Country Blues (Number Two) (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (Number Two) (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. 32-20 Blues (Plantation Recordings Version)Muddy Waters 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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In the late 1940s and early '50s, Chicago was the epicenter of the blues explosion; all the roads led there, from Mississippi Delta, the Midwest and the Southeast. It all began in 1948 with the release of a 78-rpm single by a singer-guitarist called Muddy Waters. Aristocrat 1305 bore a pair of traditional Mississippi Delta-styled pieces "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "I Feel ... Read more in Amazon's Muddy Waters Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: June 8, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002OC1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a treasure trove--for the Muddy Waters fan, for the blues historian, for the country-blues enthusiast. Alan Lomax, searching for Robert Johnson (recently deceased), came through and recorded a young McKinley Morganfield. The rest is history. Early versions of future classics can be found on these field recordings from 1941-42, and the guitar and voice that would have unimaginable influence on blues and rock & roll. There's no Chicago yet in these often-scratchy recordings, but if you listen, you can hear where it came from. --Genevieve Williams

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Recorded on Stovall Plantation in Clarksdale, MS by Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, these 18 tracks represent the first recordings of a sharecropper named McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters. And, yeah, there's an unreleased track, and four interviews, but really, for something this historic the less said the better. Just listen.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy's Real Real Folk Blues January 15, 2004
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When Muddy Waters made the first recordings here, he was 26 or 27 and had not been playing regularly. He didnt own a guitar and had to borrow Alan Lomax's Martin. You see here your basic Delta and Mississippi blues in full blossom, by a man who was a great player if he could sound like this when he wasn't in practice. People look at Mississippi blues with a distorted mind thinking of it only through the stream of Robert Johnson, when the music and the tradition was much broader.

In the interviews on this recording you can see how lame and ignorant at times the folklorists were, both white and black, Lomax and Work. But you also see a testament to Son House who taught Robert Johnson, Muddy, and a whole layer of bluesmen and who was such a great artist even in his revival 1960s that Muddy would make his band members keep quiet and play close attention when House performed with them at Newport and elsewhere.
However, you also see his roots beyond this. We get to hear a good string band performance with Muddy Playing with fiddler Son Sims and a mandolin player in a blues fiddle band that was typical of what was going on at the time. Muddy explains his decision to start playing music was inspired by Sims and the string band with Sims and the mandolin player was the band he performed with when he got work. Neither Waters nor the liner notes let you know that Waters also played mandolin, and that when Muddy was a teenager in the 1930s, his favorite blues group was the fiddle band The Mississippi Sheiks. Years later, Muddy would explain he walked all day just to hear the Sheiks.
Despite all this history, this is some good blues music to listen to,. More relaxed,and less intense, and of course less masterful than the Chess masterpieces Muddy began putting out in Chicago in the 1940s, but this is still a CD I put on my player with it set to keep replaying it because I want to hear it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable look at Muddy Waters' early work. September 14, 1998
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Before he became the phenomenon known as Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield was a sharecropper at Stovall's Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi who worked the soil for a living and played the blues to escape the rigors of his everday life. The Complete Plantation recordings brings us the rawest Muddy Waters yet, documented by Library of Congress folklorist Alan Lomax from 1941-42.
Alot of the immediate appeal of the collection comes from hearing early versions of songs he would later record for the Chess brothers in Chicago. "I Can't be Satisfied" is here in its scorching embryonic state as "I Be's Troubled" as are two takes of "Country Blues" the haunting predecessor to "I Feel Like Going Home." Lomax asks Waters about his inspirations and compositional style in four interview tracks which tend to add more atmosphere than insight. The real gems here are five tracks of the Son Simms Four, a string band in which Waters played guitar (with Henry "Son" Simms on vocal and violin, Percy Thomas on Guitar and Louis Ford on Mandolin). Not only are they documents of Waters in an improvisational collaboration with other artists, and rare examples of authentic black string music, a frequently overlooked area of southern folklore, they are some great dance blues tunes. "Joe Turner," particularly, makes the dance origins of the blues readily apparent.
Afficionados of Muddy Waters' know that his earlier his work, the more intense and raw the performance, Waters having unforntunately fallen into an overproduced 12-bar rut further into his career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Mud October 15, 1999
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These are the recordings that launched the legend. Traces of Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy are all over these recordings. Features Muddy solo, and with his early juke-joint band, The Son Simms Four. Other than the music (essential to any Muddy fan,) another interesting aspect of these recording are the interview pieces conducted by Library of Congress archivist Alan Lomax. Muddy comes off as most shy and modest. He had no idea of the impact he would make just 6 years later. Very intriguing. Muddy's elecric 50's work influenced the likes of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, thereby creating rock and roll. Muddy is the father of all instruments electric. Ask Jimi Hendrix. Muddy was, and to me, still is the man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of a legend of the 20the century May 23, 2002
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THis is the beginning of a colossal history: the history of McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, born April 4,1915,in Rolling Fork (Sharkey Co),MS.Born on Kroger Plantation,he went to Clarksdale,MS,in 1918,after his mother's death,and lived with his grandmother.He taught playing harp at 9, and guitar around 1932.Nine years later,he waxed his first tunes,and the legend could begin.One of the greatest musicians of the century was born.
Of course, this cd is essential.Even if there are some imperfections,even if the violin of Henry Sims on four tracks isn't very good.Muddy Waters' music is already here,with strong influences from Son House,Charley Patton,Willie Brown,Robert Johnson and even Blind Lemon Jefferson."Country blues" and "I be's troubled" are masterful solo pieces,recorded at Stovall's Plantation,August 1941."I be bound to write to you" will later be named "I can't be satisfied",and it features great slide playing."You got to take sick and die..." shows Muddy imitating (with great skill) the outstanding Blind Willie Johnson;you know,the guy who recorded "dark was the night,cold was the ground",one of the most extraordinary pieces in the history of american black music."Why don't you live..." is the same ."mean red spider" features a pianist that sounds like Sunnyland Slim."I'm gonna cut your head" is more in Big Maceo's mood,because of James Clark's piano playing;so are "atomic bomb blues" ,"tomorrow will be too late","Jitterbug blues","hard day blues","burryin' ground blues","come to me baby" and "you can't make the grade".It seems funny and strange to find Muddy playing the role of Tampa Red.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great you hear all the sounds in the background raw muddy
Published 8 days ago by Christopher D. Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!
Powerful and moving music, the historical significance of which cannot be understated. Thanks to Alan Lomax and John Work, an American gem was made accessible to the world.
Published 19 months ago by Delta Mud
5.0 out of 5 stars must have it
This is a must for any true Muddy Waters and country blues fan. This is stripped down and old school. You will love it!
Published 20 months ago by Joel Wilks
4.0 out of 5 stars The Muddy most people haven't heard.
Long before Muddy Waters had established himself as the sound of Chicago Blues, he was playing the Blues in the Mississippi Delta. Read more
Published on December 7, 2010 by Brent R. Block
5.0 out of 5 stars classic collection
absolutely love this cd of recordings.Its Muddy raw and young.I recommend this to anyone that likes Mississippi Delta blues.
Published on November 6, 2010 by James W. Strevels
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable, historic recordings!
This early recording of Muddy Waters exemplifies how much he developed as an artist and later an innovator of blues music. Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by Baberufus
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Muddy Water album
This is by far my favorite. So raw, makes you feel like your back in the in 40's and 50's. The interviews are great. If you love Muddy, get this album.
Published on April 15, 2010 by B. simkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw Mud
It was great hearing Muddy's voice (yassir) during the interviews, and his raw version of Country Blues. A must have for any Muddy fan. Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by E.J. Zayas
5.0 out of 5 stars Already the greatest blues artist in history, further enhances his...
If I hadn't heard these recordings, I might divide the acoustic greats of the Old South from the more modern, (usually electric, with a band), Waters. Read more
Published on April 4, 2009 by .
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Early Work of a Blues Genius
This is where the legend of the one and only, tremendous Muddy Waters starts. Few people have ever impacted any artform as much as Muddy has American music. Read more
Published on September 30, 2006 by Paul W. Burgess II
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