Ted Grimsrud

80. Muddy Waters—HARD AGAIN

In my opinion, Muddy Waters is the greatest blues singer of them all. His classic sides were recorded throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s. His career kind of petered out toward the end of the 1960s. But then in 1977 he collaborated with the blue-eyed Texas bluesman Johnny Winter for this incredible record and then followed it with two more to put a wonderful exclamation mark to his career. Re-recordings even more intense than the originals on cuts such as “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll,” and “Cross-eyed Cat”—and, of course, “Mannish Boy,” the old man at his swaggering best (or is it worst?).

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Blue Sky Records, 1977. [All-Music Guide review]

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