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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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  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B000002OCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Includes Going Down to Main Street; Born with Nothing; Caldonia; Let the Good Times Roll, and more.

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When The Band's drummer Levon Helm set up a Woodstock-based recording studio and production company in 1975, his first client was the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. Surrounding him with familiar sidemen Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin, plus such simpatico rock and blues stalwarts as The Band's Garth Hudson on accordion and organ, Paul Butterfield on harp, and Howard Johnson on saxophone, the 60-year-old Waters responded with the smoothest and most supple singing of his career. These two sessions are as delightful as any in his long association with Chess Records, and they signify his last album with that label. Among this Grammy Award-winning work's highlights are Muddy's original composition "Born with Nothing," featuring his stinging signature slide; his joyful R&B covers of "Let the Good Times Roll," Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City," and Louis Jordan's "Caledonia," this last graced by a looping Hudson accordion solo; and the previously unreleased bonus track, "Fox Squirrel". --Alan Greenberg

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Muddy Waters is backed by a great band.
T. Stephens
The album features Muddy and a couple of players from his then-current interracial combo along with Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.
Guy E.
I was really surprised when I learned how good this album is , considering it's fairly obscure .
Nothintosay

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on December 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In marked contrast to the hard, aggressive sound of his work with Johnny Winter the following year, this album shows another, far more relaxed side to Muddy Waters, as he revisits old songs and launches new ones in the laid-back company of his regular sidemen and some celebrity names. Producer and songwriter Henry Glover had gone into partnership with Levon Helm from the Band and converted a barn into a recording studio called Bearsville in Turtle Creek, Woodstock NY, and the Muddy Waters sessions, recorded 6-7 February 1975, were the first fruits.

Although there is a light front-porch touch throughout the album, probably influenced by Levon Helm's subtle drumwork and Garth Hudson's distinctive organ and accordion accompaniment, there is nothing lacklustre about it, with fine contributions thoughout from local resident Paul Butterfield on harmonica and from Waters' regular piano player and vocalist Pinetop Perkins. The album kicks off with Why Are People Like That, written by Bobby Charles, another Woodstock resident. Muddy Waters switches to slide guitar for two of his own new songs, and performs Kansas City in honour of Henry Glover, who produced it for Little Willie Littlefield back in 1952 (as KC Lovin'). Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five are also remembered through versions of Caldonia and Let The Good Times Roll.

The album concludes with a previously unreleased bonus track, Fox Squirrel, a Muddy Waters composition.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bshook@interactive-media.com on November 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Winner of a Grammy in 1975, The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album is one funky, greasy taste of Muddy at his finest. Driven by Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band, as well as blues stalwarts Pinetop Perkins, Paul Butterfield and Bob Margolin, Muddy sounds like he's having a good old time, breathing new life into such standards as Caldonia and Kansas City. If you like the blues, Muddy-style, you'll love this album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nothintosay on April 19, 2011
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This album was recorded in 1975 right before the Blue Sky albums with Johnny Winter . I have to admit , I bought it because it was cheap and I just wanted to fill out my Muddy Waters collection .
I was really surprised when I learned how good this album is , considering it's fairly obscure .
It's got top notch musicians ,Pinetop Perkins , Bob Margolin , Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band and Paul Butterfield to round things out ..nice little outfit.
The songs are all very good , ranging from covers to originals . Track 2 Going Down to Main Street is a great rockin sorta song , a great version of Caldonia, a few nice bluesy originals called Funny Sounds and Born With Nothing and a great bluesy thing called fox Squirrel ( listed as a bonus track ) ...if you're a Muddy Waters fan , you'll be very ,very happy with this lp
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ted Burke on January 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Adam Gussow, a superb blues harmonica player who offers generous instructional videos on his own YouTube channel, some weeks ago posted a feature highlighting an album that had been an influence on his approach to the blues harp, the obscure Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. The album is a revelation, as it has Waters stepping a few steps back from the rocking , Chicago style back beat, raw and blistering in a fashion only genius can achieve, and here taking up a swing upbeat. Save for the rumblings of Waters' voice, always a place of deep echo and lean-close innuendo, some of these tracks would fit in well with the suited urbanity of B.B.King. It is a gem alright, a rousing, spirited transitional session placing Waters beyond his stylistic comfort zone. But not too far. Pinetop Perkins provides a bright piano throughout, and former Band utility musician Garth Hudson is a triple threat here on organ, saxophone and accordion; his accordion work, surprisingly, is a wonderful blues instrument, as can be heard on the sturdy workouts on "Going Down to Main Street","Caldonia".

Whatever jokes the instrument and it's players have suffered at the hands of one comedians over the decades abates somewhat with Hudson's finely fingered boogie and sparkling fills. What caught my ear was the harmonica playing of the late Paul Butterfield; perhaps among the handful of truly important blues harpists , his playing here equals his best efforts. Punchy, fleet, gutty and clean in the same breath, Butterfield demonstrates his mastery of tone and phrase, combining a moaning raunch and inspiring single-note runs for maximum effect. Butterfield fans ought to acquire this disc straight away; it's an essential addition to your harmonica player collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This album has some of my favorite Muddy tunes. I almost get the feeling of being there. You can hear them having a good time jamming together, and you get a chance to hear Pinetop do a little singin' too. The quicker tunes are my favorite especially Caldonia and Kansas City. It makes me feel like I'm sipping Jackn'Coke in a bar. Makes me wanna dance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick LeBoutillier on April 30, 2004
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For a long time I had delayed buying this CD because of all the bad reviews of it I read. Finally I bought it and you know what, it's a good CD.
This album finds Muddy branching out a bit and trying a different sound. Many tracks have more of a R&B feel than a Chicago blues feel. There is also some accordion, which gives some tracks a Cajun/Louisiana groove.
The musicianship is great. Muddy voice and guitar are in top shape, but I found Paul Butterfield's harp to be a bit trebly.
There is also cool organ on some tracks.
While this may not be the place to start a Muddy collection, but if you have all the earlier Chess stuff, the CBS/Blue Sky stuff and still want more, it's definitely worth a shot.
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