Muddy Waters Hard Again on 180g LP from Friday Music
Mastered by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at AcousTech & Pressed at RTI
The sorely missed Muddy Waters was one of the blues most important voices. From the late '40s until his passing in 1983, he made a ton of incredible recordings and major contributions to the history of the blues, folk and of course rock and roll.
In 1977, after Muddy’s long run with Chess Records, 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. The release showed the master bluesman at his finest hour. With the hard driving production and genius guitar work of Johnny Winter, the great James Cotton on harmonica, keyboard great Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith on drums, Bob Margolin on guitar and Charles Chalmers on bass, the cast was set for a once in a lifetime blues event.
This colossal recording jumps right into the hard rockin’ with "Mannish Boy." Hearing Muddy belting out “I’m A Man” and Johnny Winter shouting in the background is worth the price of admission alone. This is a total blues rock affair that has never been repeated, as this track has influenced a plethora of blues/rock musicians since its release. His acoustic blues folk bag, the country blues if you will, also gets a definitive showcase here with another classic revisit of "I Can’t Be Satisfied."
With its impeccable percussive groove from Willie Smith, and the clever acoustic guitar workings of the Bob Margolin, Johnny and Muddy together, this was another stand-out from this session. More defining moments include the rockin’ "Bus Driver," the soulful "Little Girl" and the autobiographical "The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll," which all help make this Muddy Waters album the classic that it is today, and will forever be!
Friday Music proudly announces this 180g vinyl edition of Hard Again, mastered by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at AcousTech and pressed at RTI. Also features a gatefold cover with additional historic photos of the blues legend.
Muddy Waters Hard Again Track Listing:
1. Mannish Boy
2. Bus Driver
3. I Want to Be Loved
4. Jealous Hearted Man
5. I Can't Be Satisfied
6. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock & Roll
7. Deep Down In Florida
8. Crosseyed Cat
9. Little Girl