Raven presents the very best of The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981 by the legendary MUDDY WATERS. Muddy is one of the undisputed giants of the post-war Chicago electric blues scene. Born McKinley Morganfield, a product of the fertile Mississippi delta, he relocated to Chicago in 1943 where he began recording for the Chess brothers’ Aristocrat label. He scored hits with ‘I Can’t Be Satisfied’, ‘Honey Bee’, ‘Mannish Boy’, ‘Trouble No More’ and many other landmark blues songs. By the mid-1970s after a period of steady worldwide touring but little quality recording activity, his studio fortunes were resuscitated by one of his legion of disciples, guitarist Johnny Winter. Signed to Columbia subsidiary Blue Sky, Muddy recorded four hard-edged, timeless, back-to-basics albums with Winter that remain classics of the genre.

Backed by Winter and the likes of Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers, Big Walter Horton and Jerry Portnoy, Muddy just roars like a lion from go to whoa! This essential collection culls the best tracks from Hard Again, I’m Ready, King Bee and Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live on one scintillating, 77-minute CD. Highlights include incendiary versions of ‘Mannish Boy’, ‘I’m Ready’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Rock Me’ and the epochal ‘The Blues had a Baby and They Named it Rock ‘n’ Roll’. “Great blues from one of the dominant voices of the genre” (Allmusic Guide). Fresh and incredibly powerful, these high energy recordings still kick ass 30 years on! With superb quality audio, color booklet and detailed notes. “Electric blues doesn’t get any better than this.”

Muddy Waters – The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981
[CD | Label: Raven | Release date: 4 May 2009]

TRACK LISTING
1. MANNISH BOY
2. I’M READY
3. ROCK ME
4. I WANT TO BE LOVED
5. 33 YEARS
6. THE BLUES HAD A BABY AND THEY NAMED IT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
7. I’M YOUR HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN
8. CROSSEYED CAT
9. WHO DO YOU TRUST
10. GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL
11. COPPER BROWN
12. I CAN’T BE SATISFIED
13. I’M A KING BEE
14. MEAN OLD FRISCO
15. CHAMPAGNE AND REEFER
16. (MY EYES) KEEP ME IN TROUBLE
17. BABY PLEASE DON’T GO
18. TROUBLE NO MORE
19. WALKING THRU THE PARK