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The fathers on this 1969 double LP were Muddy and piano man Otis Spann; the sons were stars of a new generation: Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Buddy Miles and more. The original release, Muddy's highest-charting LP, contained studio ( I'm Ready; All Aboard , etc.) and live ( Got My Mojo Working; Honey Bee , etc.) recordings; this reissue adds three unissued tracks and a rare B-side. 75 minutes of music from a once-in-a-lifetime meeting!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B00005R8GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George McAdams VINE VOICE on March 9, 2002
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In 1970, when I was visiting my brother in Maryland, a neighbor's son had this album and let me record it on reel-to-reel. For years I treasured the tape, then it deteriorated to dust; but, as luck had it, I found a copy of the LP in a used record bin. I've gotten rid of over 600 LP's, but "Fathers and Sons" stayed with me for the last 10 years, along with a turntable to play it (and some quad records). With the issuance of this CD last year, I can forget fretting about whether my album will play warped or not, and play this CD in the car, while cutting the grass, or when I want to lift the spirits of everyone in the room.
To say that this is "one hell of an album" is an understatement. Most people like blues music, fewer people love it. Muddy Waters bridged the some of the walls that separate blues and pop with his energetic, lifting voice and wailing guitar. If you have, or just listened to, the "Chess Set" or "Electric Mud" of Muddy Waters and you were disappointed, "Fathers and Sons" is the CD for you. Recorded with some of the best players on the scene at the time: Otis Spann (Piano) , Michael Bloomfield (Guitar), Paul Butterfield (Harmonica), Donald "Duck" Dunn (Bass), Sam Lay (Drums), Buddy Miles (Drums on "Got My Mojo Working, Part Two), and others, in a Chicago Studio and live in concert at the Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree in Chicago (both over 4 days from April 21st to April 24th, 1969), the tunes have a faster tempo, a more uplifting style. As for the tunes other than "Mojo," Muddy's electric guitar sings the blues in ways that reminds us of his importance to British groups, such as "The Beatles" and "The Rolling Stones."
There's not much more I can add to this review other than I dare anyone play "Got My Mojo Working" on their stereo or in the car without inching up the volume and feeling great about the state of the world. Enough said....Buy it!!!!
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The backstory: Marshall Chess was licking his wounds over the savaging he took from the neo-psychedelicised albums he'd produced notoriously for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Mike Bloomfield, a friend from high school and a musician who'd learned most of his blues at the feet and the sides of Waters and the other Chicago blues masters, suggested to the youngest Chess that he think of an album on which Waters would be supported by the younger blues revivalists who'd learned from or been inspired by him otherwise.

To his eternal credit, Chess ran with the idea. He saw and raised Bloomfield, who'd first made his bones and his reputation by wheedling his way into jamming with Muddy and the like in his late, audacious, and troubled teens. He enlisted Stax stalwart Duck Dunn to play bass; Sam Lay, Bloomfield's old running mate in the Butterfield Blues Band and Howlin' Wolf's former stage drummer, and then playing in the Waters band after recuperating from the illness that took him out of the Butterfield lineup; Buddy Miles, then running his Buddy Miles Express (out of the remnant of the ill-fated Electric Flag) on Mercury; Paul Butterfield himself; and, Otis Spann, Muddy's longtime keyboard stalwart now launched on his own tragically short-lived career (he would die of cancer in 1970), who ditched a New York club engagement to do this project.

The idea was to record the sessions around Bloomfield and Butterfield's plans for a Chicago charity performance in April 1969, with Marshall Chess and another high school running mate of his and Bloomfield's, the producer Norman Dayron, picking the right material out of the Waters vaults for these young turks to cut with the masters.
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Back when Fathers and Sons was originally issued, I was in the ninth grade. As kids in those days seemed to have broader musical tastes than many kids do today, whether or not you owned and liked Fathers and Sons quickly became a measure of musical hipness. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the older kids who were musically hip were also getting in trouble all the time, so it was a little difficult to be a big blues fan and not be seen as at least a potential troublemaker. But looking back, its amazing that we were sharp enough to detect the quality in the play of those who have stood the test of time.

Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield were both young white blues heroes of the time and they introduced many thousands of suburban white kids to the black "old masters" of the Chicago blues scene. Chief among these old masters were guys like Muddy Waters and Otis Spann, both of whom are featured on this album. The symbiosis that took place when guys like Butterfield and Bloomfield were on the front lines learning the blues became beneficial to both the old masters and the young turks. With the aid of guys like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, white blues players gained both invaluable on-stage experience as well as the acceptance and grudging respect of black blues aficionados. What the old masters gained was access to the ears and to the purchasing power of millions of young white kids who would otherwise have remained largely ignorant of the blues scene.

Fathers and Sons is one of the fruits born of that symbiotic relationship. Though both Bloomfield and Butterfield died young, they are still looked at today as titans of the blues renaissance of the late 1960s. As for Muddy Waters and Otis Spann, what real blues fan is not hugely familiar with their work?
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