Feb. 2 street date. "Discovered" by Alan Lomax and his legendary tape recorder while still living in on a Mississippi plantation, Muddy Waters did not become a star until he moved north to Chicago in the early 40s, where his flamboyant style and slide-guitar playing would eventually become synonymous with the Chicago blues scene. Waters' first nationwide R&B hit did not come until 1948 with "I Feel Like Going Home" but from there on out he charted regularly. His band soon became the most respected (and feared) in the city - especially by local musicians who would inevitably get blown off the stage by Waters and his musical henchmen, who included the legendary harmonica player Little Walter and Willie Dixon (both stars in their own right). These 25 tracks, all made for Chess from 1947-1954, are the ones that made Waters a star and are essential listening by any standard!
Feb. 2 street date. By 1954, the father of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, had reached the upper echelons of success. Now recording with a band that included harmonica virtuoso Little Walter Jacobs, the legendary Willie Dixon on double bass, and Jimmy Rogers on second guitar (all immense talents in their own right), Waters could do no wrong. In addition to penning much of his own material (including 1955’s "Mannish Boy", a scathing response to Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man"), Waters enlisted the songwriting talent of Dixon as well, who churned out one soon-to-be blues standard after another. During this period Waters ruled the American R&B charts, and in 1958 he was sent to England, where his electrified blues performances had a long lasting impact on the future of British rock as well. 24 tracks.
May 11 street date. One of the greatest bluesmen of all time, Muddy Waters is an icon of the genre. This collection of his most beloved recordings includes That’s Alright, Walkin’ Through The Park and a live version of Baby Please Don’t Go.
July 13 street date. Seldom equalled and never surpassed, Muddy Waters changed the course of popular music. Beautifully remastered to capture Muddy’s intoxicating power, this Rough Guide charts his early career in the Delta and pioneering time in Chicago. Bonus CD: "Original Blues Legends". Once Muddy Waters arrived in Chicago in 1943, he soon collected around him a group of stellar musicians, who played with him while he changed the face of blues music. Many of them also cut their own solo material, and among those featured here, Little Walter, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Walter Horton, Earl Hooker, Jimmy Oden, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush, all passed through Muddy’s band or played on his records. Others were merely influenced by him. But then again, if you were playing the blues in the 1950s, there was scarcely anybody who wasn’t.
Sept. 7 street date. Two rare Chess albums from 1971 from the blues legend. 'They Call Me Muddy Waters' is a mixture of rare late 50's and mid-60's material, while 'Live At Mister Kelly’s' was recorded in Chicago with Muddy’s band of the time, with harmonica player James Cotton appearing under a pseudonym. The album contains some blues standards and originals. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new liner notes.
Oct. 12 street date. The sorely missed MUDDY WATERS was one of the blues' most important voices. From the late 40's until his passing in 1983, he made a ton of incredible recordings and major contributions to the history of blues, folk and of course rock and roll. In 1977, his major fan, friend, and living blues/rock legend himself, Johnny Winter assembled the ingredients of what would soon be a Grammy Award winning venture with Muddy Waters entitled 'Hard Again'. Friday Music is proud to announce the limited edition 180 gram ninyl release of this classic LP, mastered from the original tapes.
Seldom equalled and never surpassed, Muddy Waters changed the course of popular music. Beautifully remastered to capture Muddy’s intoxicating power, this Rough Guide release for Record Store Day 2011 charts his early career in the Delta and pioneering time in Chicago. Free Download Card With Extra Music. This 180 gram limited edition LP includes a card allowing you to download this album to your portable music player to deliver the perfect combination of audiophile LP quality and mp3 portability. In addition the download card gives you extra Muddy Waters tracks as well as a bonus album, "Original Blues Legends", featuring artists who were contemporaries of, and influenced by, the legendary Muddy Waters.
June 7 street date. Two Chess Records albums from Blues great Muddy Waters: 1966's 'Muddy, Brass And The Blues' and 1973's 'Can’t Get No Grindin’'. 'Muddy, Brass And The Blues' was a massive undertaking in direction, which a couple of years later John Mayall copied on his 'Crusade' album. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes.
Aug. 2 street date. Two hard-edged albums from bluesman MUDDY WATERS, originally recorded for the Chess label. Dating from 1968 and 1969, the albums were directed at a new younger audience for Muddy and his band. Critically, these recordings had a mixed reaction but commercially they were a success, with 'Electric Mud' being Muddy's first US Top 200 album! Digitally remastered and slipcased, with new liner notes.
Available now. This superb package features the A and B sides of every single released between 1953 and 1960 for one of the most influential blues artists of the past 50 years, Muddy Waters. Includes such iconic hits as 'Got My Mojo Working', 'I Just Want to Make Love to You', 'Mannish Boy' and 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man'. These recordings influenced the Rolling Stones and the direction of popular music in the 1960s.
Available now. "Screamin’ And Cryin’ The Blues" was recorded just prior to Waters releasing "Hard Again," his successful comeback album produced by Johnny Winter in 1976. The album features guitarist Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, harpist Jerry Portnoy and Calvin Jones on bass, with Bob Margolin on guitar, Pinetop Perkins on piano and Willie Smith on drums, the latter three who would later play on "Hard Again". So here comes nearly 80 minutes of screamin’ and cryin’ the Blues. NON-RETURNABLE.
October 16 street date. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Muddy Waters, the undisputed king of Chicago blues, hit a string of highly successful albums in the late 70s. In between Hard Again and King Bee came in 1978 I’m Ready, a powerful blues record containing new material and classic reworks. Driving blues burners such as Willie Dixon’s 'I’m Ready' and 'Rock Me' are varied by slow jams like '33 Years', 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and 'Screamin’ And Cryin’'. Muddy is clearly feeling alright with these song selections. As on Hard Again, Johnny Winter is taking care of the production duties, allowing I’m Ready to be a spontaneous outburst of pure bluesyness, with a lively feel.