Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Muddy Waters

The Chess Boxes are good. I discovered Chuck Berry first. They also had Bo Diddley and Willie Dixon – and Muddy Waters.

This is another find from the West Kildonan Library. I kept about half of it. You can actually have too much Muddy Waters.

The songs here span the years 1948 – 1973. And Muddy never had a hit on the pop charts; he was a no hit wonder.

Muddy Waters:

Gypsy Woman – kind of a prewrite of “Hootchie Cootchie Man.” Not Gypsy Woman by The Impressions
Mean Disposition
I Can’t Be Satisfied – The Stones covered this, but they missed the humour
• I Feel Like Going Home – a slow down-home blues, the title of which was used for a book about the blues.
Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Part 1 – covered by Cream, by Canned Heat.
Rolling Stone – I wish I was a catfish, this song went by a number of different titles, and of course the Stones named themselves after this song
Evans Shuffle – sounds suspiciously like the song that Cream called “Cat’s Squirrel”
Walkin’ Blues – most notably covered by The Butterfield Blues Band
Louisiana Blues – covered by Savoy Brown
She Moves Me
Stuff You Gotta Watch – not so well known, The Band did this on Jericho, their not-quite comeback album, sans Robbie Robertson
Standing Around Crying
Baby Please Don’t Go – the Joe Williams song, covered by Them on the A side of the single that would bear Gloria, and in psychedelisized version by The Amboy Dukes. Dylan recorded but never released it; it’s on bootlegs.
Hoochie Coochie Man – many covers of this, by Steppenwolf, and most notoriously by The Allman Brothers
I Just Want To Make Love To You – The Stones did this on an early b-side, and Foghat put it out as a single in 1974.
I’m Ready – a well known blues, covered by George Thoroughgood among others – not the Fats Domino song
Smokestack Lightning – Howlin’ Wolf also had a crack at this. There are covers by Manfred Mann and The Yardbirds
Mannish Boy – maybe his best known recording, thanks at least in part to his performance of it on The Last Waltz, and by the Stones’ cover on Love You Live recorded at the El Mocambo in Toronto. This is a rewrite of Bo Diddley’s I’m A Man.
Trouble No More – The Allman Brothers did this one too, live at the Fillmore East.
Don’t Go No Farther – The Doors did this, with Ray Manzerik singing. It was the b-side of, I think, Love Her Madly, and it was titled “You Need Meat (Don’t Go No Farther)”.
I Like The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love – Mose Allison did this
Got My Mojo Working– more recordings of this that you can shake a stick at. Carla Thomas did a female version.
Rock Me – the quintessential blues, more famous by B. B. King, recorded by everyone from Otis Reddng to Robin Trower.
Good News – not to be confused with Sam Cooke’s “Ain’t That Good News.”
Evil – not the Stevie Wonder song. Another one that Howlin’ Wolf did.
Close To You – not The Carpenters’ song. The Doors did this on Absolutely Live. Ray Manzerik sang this one also.
Walkin’ Thru The Park
Southbound Train
I Feel So Good
You Shook Me – yes it’s the one that Zeppelin did on the first album, and by the way, the Jeff Beck Group beat them to it.
You Need Love – Zep rewrote this, called it “Whole Lotta Love,” and took credit.
My Love Strikes Like Lightening
My Home Is In The Delta
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – the most widely recorded dirty-old-man song ever. The Yardbirds did this, Rod Stewart did this, Ten Years After did this, Johnny Winter did this, etc etc
The Same Thing
Making Friends
Birdnest On The Ground
Country Boy
Lonesome Road Blues
All Aboard
Going Down Slow – The Animals recorded this on Animalism
Who’s Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I’m Gone
Can’t Get No Grinding (What’s The Matter With The Meal) - worth the price of the package

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