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His Best 1947-55

His Best 1947-55 Lowest new price: $6.47
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His Best 1947-55 (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)

One of the best recordings in Chess Records' 50th Anniverary series is the first of two bookend Muddy Waters collections, His Best 1947-55. Documenting Waters's most creatively and commercially successful years at Aristocrat/Chess, this CD begins with his formative years and ends with Waters at his peak. So you're in for a lot of terrific bottleneck slide guitar work as well as electric Chicago blues. What's to criticize? Superb remasterings of "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "I'm Ready," and "Mannish Boy" are simply beyond reproach. With simple bass accompaniment from Ernest "Big" Crawford, Waters's bottleneck tracks are spare, haunting and, quite frankly, perfect country blues. And listening to Waters, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and Jimmy Rogers piece together (and perfect very quickly) the classic Chicago sound is pure blues epiphany. At the very least, this collection shows you why Waters's rollicking stop-time classics like "Mannish Boy" and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" have sparked endless imitations over the years--and why nobody has played them better since. --Ken Hohman

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The Complete Blind Willie Johnson

The Complete Blind Willie Johnson Lowest new price: $14.97
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Model: 2011274

Simply put, "The greatest rural spiritual artist to record" ( Rolling Stone Record Guide ). Johnson's apocalyptic Christian vision, his unbelievable bottleneck playing and his unmistakable vocal growl pack a shattering emotional punch perhaps matched only by Robert Johnson. 30 sides, including Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground .

In the history of recorded blues and spirituals, there is no greater singer and songwriter than Blind Willie Johnson. With a vocal delivery ranging from raw rage to tenderness wedded to his talking guitar, Blind Willie's recordings are as powerful today as when he made them, from 1927 to 1930. Listen to monuments "Motherless Children Have a Hard Time," "I Just Can't Keep from Crying," "It's Nobody's Fault but Mine," and the otherworldly "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," and try to find equally visceral conviction any other place or time. His "If I Had My Way I'd Tear The Building Down" which got him arrested when Blind Willie unknowingly sang it in front of a U.S. government building in Dallas, became a '60s icon. Years later, he caught pneumonia, but when treatment was sought, he was told the hospital did not treat blind people, so he returned home and died. --Alan Greenberg

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Muddy Waters: The Anthology, 1947-1972

Muddy Waters: The Anthology, 1947-1972 Lowest new price: $15.99
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Title: ANTHOLOGY 1947-72
Street Release Date: 08/28/2001

Muddy Waters should need no introduction. Not only did he provide a name for the world's greatest rock & roll band, but he also created the Chicago electric blues sound that's dominated the genre since he first hit the windy city in the late 1940s. His bands also featured what would become a who's who of electric blues: Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Spann, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and the list goes on. The Anthology covers Waters's most important period: his first years at Chess through the late 1960s. All his best-known songs are featured in their definitive versions, providing the perfect introduction to a blues master who doesn't need one. --Mike Johnson

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Second Winter

Second Winter Lowest new price: $13.36
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Brand: Winter, Johnny
Model: 2110246

Legacy Edition reissue of the legendary bluesman's sophomore album for Columbia Records, originally issued in 1969, includes a bonus disc.

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The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album

The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album Lowest new price: $3.40
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Includes Going Down to Main Street; Born with Nothing; Caldonia; Let the Good Times Roll, and more.

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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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Muddy Waters

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Muddy Waters Lowest new price: $6.67
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From the Delta to Chicago, he was THE man. Here are I Can't Be Satisfied; Rollin' and Tumblin' Part 1; Rolling Stone; Long Distance Call; (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man; Got My Mojo Working; Mannish Boy; I Just Want to Make Love to You ...16 essentials.

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Electric Mud

Electric Mud Lowest new price: $4.56
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Model: 2017021

One of the most-nay, THE most-controversial blues album of all time finally makes it to CD still sporting the same "psychedelic" reworkings of Muddy classics like Mannish Boy and I Just Want to Make Love to You that got everybody so upset the first time around! Except this time you get the photo spread that graced only the first 1,000 sold, plus new liner notes highlighted by an interview with the album's producer, Marshall Chess.

This is the infamous "somebody-put-something-in-the-Waters" LP from 1968. A relative hit for Chess, it features the exalted bluesman bellowing over psychedelicized arrangements that owe more to Steppenwolf than Willie Dixon. Waters himself complained that the drums were too busy and the lead guitar sounded like a cat's meow. Not a bad critique. --Steven Stolder

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Johnny Winter and

Johnny Winter and Lowest new price: $4.45
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1970 album from Columbia by the great blues/rock guitarist Winter with Rick Derringer, Randy Hobbs & Randy Z. Contains all 11 original tracks including the hit 'Rock & Roll, Hoochie Koo', & the original cover art. For over 30 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, - Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the '70s and '80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Sony.

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The Best Blues Album in the World...Ever!

The Best Blues Album in the World...Ever! Lowest new price: $16.22
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Chicken Skin Music

Chicken Skin Music Lowest new price: $4.98
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[Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

This 1976 effort contains some of Cooder's most compelling work and finds him reexploring some of the fundamental influences on a musician known for remarkable eclecticism. Most notable are "Always Lift Him Up," "Smack Dab in the Middle," and a beautiful adaptation of "Stand By Me" (which includes Flaco Jimenez on accordion.) The album opens and closes with covers of Leadbelly, namely "The Bourgeois Blues" and (you guessed it) "Goodnight Irene." Also notable is a fine reworking of the traditional number "I Got Mine." --Wayne Pernu

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