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Hard Again

Muddy Waters

1977

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Hard Again

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3.61

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5

I had the privilege of seeing Muddy Waters open for Johnny Winter When waters was touring his comeback record Hard Again; considered one of the best blues albums of all time. James Cotton on harmonica, Pinetop Perkins on piano, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith on drums and Winter on guitar. Johnny Winter repays his dues by revitalizing the greatest blues artist in history with an extraordinary LP. I bought it after the show, and I still listen to it. Perfection.

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5

I don't know how you can listen to this and not love it. Every second of this album is gold.

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Great to see the name Muddy Waters not referring to the hedge fund. I was wondering why they edited out the crowd noise and was surprised to find it wasn’t live. Crosseyed Cat is my fave on this LP. As the penultimate track it clearly shows there is no filler. “Can’t be Satisfied” is insane. After a steel guitar solo, the broken coke bottle typically gives way to the guitar pick to take the rhythm. Not here though; the steel keeps rolling . Q: What song on this LP did the Stones played at the El Mocambo w Maggie T watching? A: Track1

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Empezó bailando pero luego se durmió.

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5

A fantastically bluesy and soulful album with some of the greatest guitar playing of all time.

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5

Loved this. Listened to it twice more over the weekend.

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5

Absolute beast of an album. Quintessential, essential, cornerstone work from one of the most important artists in American music. The man is a legend and this album is legendary.

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Damn that slide guitar

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4

Real blues untouched by pop music done by a master with Johnny Winter allowing Waters to do what he does best, no restrictions. What more can I say?

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I'm not usually a blues guy, but this album brings such incredible energy. It's undeniable. The production is also great, every instrument feels like it's at just the right level. You can hear each part without any of them standing out too much 4/5

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who put all these white boys in my blues album

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I'm glad that Mr. Waters is able to get it up again. He must be pumped full of viagra.

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Viagra blues

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as much of a cunt as it makes me sound, i prefer his earlier stuff. this is all a bit polished and formulaic - yes i know the blues by its very nature is formulaic - but this is that type of blues that i slag off clapton for where its lost its soul.

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BLUES

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5

Great album, all the playing is on point and muddys being muddy. Mannish boy might be the greatest opening track of all time

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5

Nothing like the sound of someone else's suffering to cheer you up. This was a really good time.

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5

Muddy Waters is a reliable provider of sexual Congress.

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5

Really fantastic.

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Now this is truly ROCK & ROLL.

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Excelente servicio. De los géneros que no escucho mucho, pero que me emocionan genuinamente. Disfrutable de inicio a fin. Mis favoritas: "Mannish Boy", claaaro, "I Want To Be Loved #2" y una con un gran título "The Blues Had A Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll". 10/10

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5

I’ve never listened to Muddy and I really enjoyed this album. It reminded me of my ship days, chillin in a booth at the BB King Blues Club with a cocktail. Just sitting back and listening to the jam.

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Gran energía, pesadón, una vibrita badass. Me gustó, sí. Desde mi mínimo conocimiento para apreciar el blues, me pareció deleitable todo el disco. Además de la famosísima canción inicial, mis favoritas fueron I want to be loved #2 y I can't be satisfied que tiene una ondita bastante diferente al resto de los tracks. Mood: I want to be loved #3

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5

Thought this album was really fun and playful.

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Amazing. song one gave me goosebumps.

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5

Top notch shit.

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Loved every minute of it!

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5

I could listen to this all day long. I think I will buy it. Hopefully mofi did a version. So very, very good

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5

bomba! al primo oh yeah di mannish boy capisci quanto ce l'ha hard il vecchio Muddy. l'armonica zozza di James Cotton quanto è groovy?

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If there is one quintessential blues album, this might be it.

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5

Amazing solos, smooth production Muddy Waters' iconic voice combine for a great blues album. (huehue hard again)

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5

One of the most influential blues musicians. Interesting instrumentals, soulful vocal performance. Sounds exactly what I'd expect blues to sound like. Does get a bit repetetive, but that's just blues I guess. I don't listen to blues a lot, so taking that into account this album is a nice 5/5.

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5

Muddy waters. Not much to say here. Classic, pure blues.

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5

Can't believe how much I love this for a country album. Amazing lyricism, great voice, solid understated guitar work. I'm going to need to pick this up on wax.

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5

Such good stuff. There is such passion and honesty in the blues and this just drives from the opening note. Unapologetic and timeless greatness.

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5

The King of the Blues and the most important Blues album of all time. I can't quantify that and the Blues had been around for decades at this point, but to breathe a heavy gust back into the genre in 1977 can not be understated.

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5

4th August 2021 Listened in my first trip to the FT offices! Perfection.

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5

Sounds like where the blues were born. I like the whole of it. The riffs are classic - Mannish Boy and Bus Driver riffs have become synonymous with what the blues sound like. And there's a dive bar sensibility to this album with the "crowd" chiming in here and there. The lyrics are minimal, but convey the mood perfectly in between the numerous blues breakdowns, which are the focal point of the record. I Want to Be Loved Again - Simple, real, and another classic bluesy feeling. Jealous Hearted Man - I've now heard a lot of records about women leaving men, men not being good and begging for women to come back, etc., and it has almost never worked better than it does in this album. I Can't Be Satisfied - Just when I was about to say how the one complaint I could make about this album is that the rhythm and style at this point is starting to run together, here comes I Can't Be Satisfied. This song is a perfect placement in the album. A different style, cleaner, smaller, more technical, and awesome. What if the Blues Got Pregnant and they named the baby rock and roll - A return to the classic blues riff, but this time with more observational substance. Another classic. What a talent! Deep Down in Florida - I love how this album moves. No song overstays. I am always ready for what's next. Crosseyed Cat - A new take on the "lost by baby song, and I loved it." I mean - where does he come up with this stuff? Little Girl - Sounds like Bus Driver, but a variation. Easy to groove to, and again - simple but genuine blues. And those breakdown sections are sweet. Could have been the last track, easy. Walking Thru the Park - Interesting choice to make this the closer. It works too though! Great album!

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5

I love blues classics and this is top tier! Muddy Waters was one of the best there was, the opening track still kills.

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5

Favoriete nummers: - Mannish Boy - The Blues Had a Baby and They Named it Rock and Roll

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5

Love these authentic blues guitar licks and harmonicas. Muddy may also have the best voice for the blues. Was interesting to learn that Johnny Winter produced.

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that album was awesome, it had a lot of different blues elements I really loved. 9/10

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i couldn't tell you why, but i enjoyed this one more than the other muddy waters album on this list. in case this escapes anyone's notice...damn, he's good.

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5

So good. The Blues are my happy place. As good and as relevant today as it was in 1977.

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What a powerhouse of a record. One of my favorites from this project so far. Best track: All of them? Let's go with Crosseyed Cat

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5

Amazing blues album.

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awesome

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Loved it. Nice find

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Class album

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5

Wow. Amazing.

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5

Chicago Blues at its rockin' and stompin' finest. I know the blues is a vast and deep ocean from which nearly all Western tonal music comes, and I totally get how easily music in the boundless "blues" genre can disappear into that unfathomably huge ocean, but when it's done like this, it's all good. I often caught myself tapping my foot and bobbing my head as the tracks grooved on. The whole album moves, and all the players are superb -- and whoa, man, Pinetop Perkins on the piano, holy smokes! Reminds us that the blues didn't emerge as a musical style so very long ago as a means to bring others down, but as a process to sing and play it out to feel better.

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5

Super Stuff from Muddy... "Mannish Boy" a classic blues call here but what is not to like on this. I will be adding it to my collection for sure.

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Hard nosed Chicago Blues, from a master of the form, with a great band that swings!

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Really enjoyable 4.7

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5

Now this is some good quality listening. My ears have recovered from yesterday and they are smiling at some of the smoothest blues. Would listen again!

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5

Absolutely loved it.

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Балдеж.

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5

1977, p377, 2021-01-04: Spotify. Excellent blues album, single LP

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5

Just recently (and this project helped) I've been really getting into guitar-driven blues and Muddy Waters is right up my alley (and on some of the playlists I've been listening to). Great album, I really enjoyed it. It wasn't exactly good for my productivity at work though.

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SLAPS

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5

They don‘t make them like that anymore. Music from a different time, place, planet. 🎸👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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5

Great artist, great album. Must hear if you're a blues lover. But really one everyone should listen. Starts off with THE definitive blues track and goes on from there.

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Loved this, archetypal bluesy and soulful album.

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So much feeling and soul in this album. I loved it. Made me really appreciate Muddy Waters as an artist and songwriter.

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G00D BL00ZE

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5

Classic blues. Great album all the way through.

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5

Thumping blues record full of grit and dirt. Waters has bucketloads of charisma and the band are just the finest musicians assembled (the harmonica here becomes a stunning solo instrument). A cold stone classic.

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Amazing energy top to bottom. Mannish boy is a great opening track. That is a charismatic album.

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5

Better experienced with some whisky. Hell yeah, some nice blues.

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Awesome

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Blues of the highest quality, there's is not much else to say. Favorite tracks: * Mannish Boy * The Blues Had An Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll * Crosseyed Cat

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Holy cow this album is heavy. That harmonica rips. If I'm in a metal mood I would quicker throw this on than Metallica or sabbath. Favorite tracks: cross-eyed cat, down in Florida, walk-in thru the park

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okay

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Great blues album

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It's hard to come up with a better example of Chicago Blues or of a band just jamming and having fun. This album was produced by Johnny Winter who also gets credited for miscellaneous screams as an instrument. The energy is high with most songs sounding like they were recorded live. A lot of high points throughout but James Cotton's harmonica, OMG. I admit to not being a harmonica historian but this is the best and most devastating use of that instrument that I've heard. I'd say he pretty much steals the show but there are so many great moments. This is Muddy's first album for Blue Sky Records after dropping Chess Records. "Mannish Boy" starts the show and is one of the most famous and best blues song that I know of with memorable uses in "Risky Business" and The Band's " The Last Waltz". Winter's screams and Cotton's harmonica make this 1955 re-recording a highlight of any album and an absolute stunner of a song. There are two other Muddy re-recordings "I Want to be Loved" and " I Can't Be Satisfied." Not to be outdone, the guitars absolutely sing on "Bus Driver", an absolute jam with Cotton's harmonica. The bus driver stole his woman; as if that alone is not a great subject for a blues song. The only song which I've heard elsewhere more than once is "The Blues Had a Baby and They Named it Rock and Roll, Part 2" which features great guitars from Muddy, Bob Margolin and probably Johnny Winters. Every song is great here, pretty much a highlight. If I didn't know blues and had to pick one album to get, this album might be it.

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03/26/2022 Another great weekend morning and evening album. No skips.

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5

Incredible classic blues album. Will never get tired of it.

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Fantastic blues album. I don't listen to a lot of blues, so this is a great intro to the genre!

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Офигенный альбом, однозначно 5+. Блюз великолепен :)

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All time great. Every song is amazing.

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5

Some great songs

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Good album, a lot of familiar blues melodies

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Loved it classic

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Good blues

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4

Very interesting to listen to this right after that jazz album. Similar improvisation, but so much more energy.

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4

Great album. Nice to go back to it.

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Some classic blues that reminds me of the movie Adventures in Babysitting lol

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Some blues, baby! There's something very organic about the sound of this album's production that makes for a very different listening experience to the others. Blues is not my favourite genre, but this is the best of it I've heard thus far.

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This is music I need to hear live. 3.5

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Mannish boy is so powerful - an absolutely timeless song (albeit slighty problematic - but is it ironic? This version seems to imply so). Some blistering recordings here!

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Good British rock. It sounds a bit old school for the 80's, but I'm not complaining.

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Might be overrating it, because apparently three songs are re-recordings, but I thought this was great.

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Heerlijke blues, beter wordt het niet. Goed weg te luisteren.

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I just like it. I just like this album. I just like this style of music. Can’t really elaborate, it’s just *good*.

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Wow.

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Love the blues. Love the album.

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Bluesy as fuck, sick album.

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Muddy is so hard, and he wants you to know it.

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A great surprise from a blues album. Mannish Boy is probably the strongest track, and the background yells throughout are a highlight. 7/10 at least, Muddy Waters is a legend

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Gut Blues

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Classic Blues album

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love me some blues

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What a weird experience. I love Muddy Waters, but the version I like is the one who recorded with the brawling, hardass 'Headcutter' band on all those wonderful Chess Record sides. This is actually a very good blues record, but it just misses that dusting of magic that you got with Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers et al on sideman duty. Still, you get Pinetop Perkins on piano!

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„Hard Again“ und mächtig Druck auf der Düse. Blues Jackie loves Blues ! Devoted 3.7

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7

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Damn that opening track is a stunner, the production on this is so loose and great, it reminds me a lot of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah—another comeback album that’s loose and hard and a pared back career revitalization

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Interesting to hear the origin of samples I’ve heard for years

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Muy buen disco, puras raíces del Blues. La mayor pega es que se hace bastante repetitivo

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Hadn't realised this was recorded late in his career (and life). You can hear in the recording how relaxed and fun the sessions were. Great stuff.

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4

Great album. Really enjoyed the blues.

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Very easy to have had this album on repeat whilst I got depressed about football. Never would’ve listened to this without this AOTD shizzle.

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Lovely stuff.

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Fan of Muddy, and really enjoyed this one. Always like a good blues album, and Muddy is one of the best.

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Just finished listening to the Muddy Waters album. I enjoyed it. Sure, it’s a bit samey. But the band sound like they’re having fun pretty much jamming live together in the studio. The drumming on “Mannish Boy” is great, too.

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4

Great stuff. Close to a 5 but have given out too many of late

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Oh that voice, it melts my soul. These songs live in the ether, in some kind of collective memory that we all know. So familiar the sound has become a cliche, but nobody does it quite like Muddy Waters.. It's all just beautiful, and sounds like it just happened organically, like he picked up a guitar and this album just happened. It's a wonderful force of nature we all have in us.

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Manish Man!

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4

Absolutely slaps. Very happy to tick off another artist on my masterlist of "artists mentioned in the extended version of the sopranos theme" playlist

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4

Great Blues album - very raw

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Pretty cool

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4

These songs sound great but sadly (like most blues) it’s just too repetitive to be something I’d listen to all the time. If you’re in the mood for the blues though I can’t imagine it gets much better than this. 3.5 but I’ll round up to 4.

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Classic Muddy blues

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It's sultry. Its definitely a blues album that taps the emotions. 8/10

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4

Love the sound, and I understand it has influenced rock and roll in more ways than we can imagine. I just wish it wasn't as homogeneous throughout the entire album.

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- a great album that i did not know the words to but i knew the tunes to!! - muddy waters has a beeeeuuutiful voice - down and dirty and this is amazing !!! would listen to again - honestly an experience - likes: all but little girl (maybe) - few out of 5!

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4

First song was a corker. Despite the rest having far fewer plays they were all still great.

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4

- punchy drums and punchier delivery. - surprised with the variety and consistently high quality of blues - One or two filler tracks - misc screams are the real MVP

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4

Its the blues. You like it or you don't.

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made me want to sit in new oleans and drink moonshine

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Iconic style and riffs. Sometimes a little too repetitive. But I understand why many artists have copied.(7/10) Favourite Tracks: Mannish Boy

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The endless blues made with perfection. Today I‘m not in the mood, but maybe tomorrow. ;) definitely annoying in the wrong mood, but if you wanna learn the classic riffs with the right vibe you can‘t go wrong.

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Blues de antaño

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I don't necessarily like the Blues, but I absolutely love this album. It's probably because nobody did the Blues like Muddy Waters. No one else has ever come particularly close. Deserves to be on this list for "Manish Boy" alone. This thing just slaps. The only issue I have, and this is really just nitpicking, is that none of the other 9 songs compare to the magic and joy of Manish Boy. But you could say that about almost any song.

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Muddy is maybe the best blues vocalist ever. He’s also a solid blues guitarist, and he leans on one, the other, or both in really smart ways throughout this album. He does a good job of leaning in the band (especially the harp player who is phenomenal) and not “sealing the show” - it’s a real nice balance. It’s also perfectly imperfect- if that makes sense. It’s good sloppy blues. I loved hearing them BS with each other after most of the tracks.

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Crunchy, raucous blues. Muddy is just having a great time cutting these tracks, being a little raunchy, and soloing through each track with a downright nasty tone.

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4

Great!

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4

Well recorded heavy electric blues. Typical Muddy.

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4

An immediate must purchase after about 10 minutes of listening. Muddy at his upbeat best. Glorious.

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4

In here are some of the rawest and rolling-over-me-est blues I've heard. Muddy exercises his control over the throttle, though. I appreciate the resulting variety but wish the recording was more consistently live. Nevertheless, this takes the form to some pretty magnificent places.

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4

Much to enjoy in this bluesy mayhem

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So much fun. I'm not cool enough to like this album. Harmonica is too high in the mix if he's going to wail on that one E/G trill for most of the whole album, but otherwise I could listen to this 10x. 100x if in person. Muddy Waters has the best voice for blues.

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4

Classic. Was great for a snowy day.

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4

Seminal album.

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4

Great Blues album felt like I was in a southern bbq restaurant. More background noise for me during the listen. However Mannish boy slaps. THERES SOMETHING IN THE WATERRRRRRR

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4

Bad to the bone copied this. A bit raw, I liked it generally Transported back to the 70s

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Ckaswic

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4

good album. dont know much blues stuff

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6/10

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Mostly known songs...still classic Muddy is capital c CLASSIC

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4

This is pure music. I liked it very much. After all the songs, I think that it is a little bit repetitive, but it's so awesome that even this drawback is something good!

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4

It's not for every day, but I like it

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Nice easy listening album with great instrumentals

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The man who invented electricity! Can’t go wrong with Muddy. Good length and smooth sound. I always loved this blues.

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Good live performances. Legend.

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I like it, it's not a genre I've listened to a whole lot before

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Good Blues

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Pretty good.

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4

This genre is so good. Why isn't it played more?

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4

Actually enjoyed this. Listened to most of it.

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4

Solid, no skips

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I think this is the first pure blues album I've gotten after more than 300 albums - surprising. This is great, although I'm more of a fan of John Lee Hooker type blues - more of the gritty, raw style. But Muddy Waters is obviously an exceptional blues man. 4 stars.

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Blueeesss

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4

Blues is not really my favourite genre but these were total bangers

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Solid blues album but not perfect. Emotion comes through.

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I like this. Feels very classic and bluesy.

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"She used to get a ride in the daytime now she gets a ride in the night" Looolz!! Singing about your wife cheating with the bus driver, going to Florida, a cross-eyed cat it doesn't really matter. If you got troubles, 12 bars and three chords you can build any kind of song you want. Throw in some blazing guitar, harmonica, and piano solos and jam the f*ck out!

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These blues didn't make me blue

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Growing up my cousin was obsessed with guitar and played in many bands, mostly blues. He introduced me to the blues and I’ve enjoyed the genre ever since. With a fairly basic structure, blues music can sound the same. However, the blues are best distinguished by unique layers on top of the basic base. Mannish Boy starts the album off with a bang. I especially love Johnny Winter screaming out in the background. It’s obvious the band has played together a lot. They are seasoned and tight. The guitars, the piano, and the harmonica all offer engaging layers on the basic blues sound. I’ll be coming back to this album again.

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I don't know blues much more than I know jazz. But this album stood out much more than the jazz album we got a few days earlier. I still don't really know how Muddy Waters compares to other blues artists. But I can say that I really enjoyed this album, and would gladly listen to it again.

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4

awesome start to the day! will defo be listening again

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Jazzy

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love it!

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Ufff, jedino bolje blato je bilo pokraj školskog.

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"When your erectile dysfunction is gone" - na naziv albuma. Čim je bluz, odma je prava mjuz'. hh. Ovakav blues mi najbolje sjeda na toplije vrijeme, puno toplije - usudio bih se reći, vruće! Pa svi ovi blues albumi što su dosad bili, moguće da su popušili zvjezdicu samo radi toga što su u krivo vrijeme došli, pa mi nije sjelo kako vjerujem da bi. Ovaj album je peglaona i čika Mutni dobro masira po gitari ko inače.

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Ma Muddy dobar sti

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The initial oooo must be the boldest album opening in album history.

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4

This is not my favourite style of blues, but this album is great. What unbelievable energy.

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Ok

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4

nice blues album one of the important people in original blues and laying the foundation for rock and roll later on

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As much as I get bored by heavily blues-derivative rock... it's nice to be reminded that the real deal once in a while is a blast. Production is perfect on this, Muddy's voice is great, and I love the occasional "voices in the background" giving it the real feel of being in the room with the band. Of course there's only so long I can listen to 3 (or 2...or....) chord songs before I'm feeling a little worn down, but self-check: the entire genre is based not around songwriting/craft but feel and attitude, which this album churns with. The aforementioned voices of the band themselves give it that authenticity - and I usually hate that word associated with music but I have to admit it fits here. An absolutely essential primer for anyone who doesn't "get" blues. Learn from the master. 8/10 4 stars.

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Sons característicos de músicas conhecidas estilo Country. Gostei!

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Great Blues album. Would listen again for sure.

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This album itself is a bit too late to be very influential, being 1977 and all. But Muddy Waters was the king of electric blues, the most influential figure in the development of blues rock when he wowed audiences in Britain and pushed the formation of the Bluesbreakers. And three of his classics are re-recorded here better than ever before. This is one of the most consistent blues albums out there. Excellent production done by Johnny Winter. Flow is smooth and satisfying. There's a good mix of energetic dance tracks ("I Want to Be Loved") and slower introspective tracks ("I Can't be Satisfied", "Deep Down in Florida"), but for the most part it's loud and impactful enough to engage the audience all throughout. This is one of the albums I would recommend for newcomers of blues.

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A true blues pioneer

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Gutes Blues Album. Irgendwas zwischen 3-4. Ich runde auf.

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Pretty darn good - Solid guitar licks. But hard to distinguish one song from the next.

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1977. Key Songs: Mannish Boy

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When I was a boy

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Not as electric as the Newport album

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Shrug

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This fucks

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Fun listen, not really my style.

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I want to be buried New Orleans style with a parade and a bunch of drunk people while the song "Crosseyed Cat" is played.

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I appreciate the artistry, I guess but I've never been able to listen to blues music and enjoy it.

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classic

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With respect to Muddy - it felt like 50 minutes of the same song. Far from bad, but not much stood out (with the exception of Mannish Boy)

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Great blues album

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had this on in the background and was fairly enjoyable. some of the songs sounded more country than blues and that was kinda not it.

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Solid blues record. Fun listen.

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it's alright I can respect it but classic blues isn't really my cup of tea, all the songs started to blend together for me quite quickly is this record in the book purely because every human on the planet knows the tune to mannish boy? probably

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I feel like my enjoyment of this record would have been enhanced greatly by hearing it loudly in a sweaty room while drinking cheap beer. Instead, I listened comfortably while washing dishes and drinking tea. Love his voice and the overall sound of the record. The first song’s a classic (though his spelling needs work), but most of the rest just kind of washed over me.

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Bueno, pero plano

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First two tracks are a Led Zeppelin II rip off but I guess that's ok. Pretty enjoyable, fun, delta shit... It's 1977 but still part of that style that influenced all the 70s rock I love. Some of those old iconic blues guys are inaccessible but this is very listenable and has some enjoyable shredding. Same groove over and over again but its a good groove.

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Classic, classic record. Great listen, though no single song sticks with me past "Manish Boy," except maybe "The Blues Had a Baby and They Named it Rock and Roll."

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An enjoyable electric blues album. Typically not my style, but as the title implies, there’s a nice selection of harder-edged tracks on here that do occasionally hit. STANDOUTS: -Mannish Boy -I Want to Be Loved #2 -Jealous Hearted Man -The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock ‘n’ Roll -Crosseyed Cat -Walkin’ Thru the Park

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classic blues

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Not too long ago, we had a live album from Muddy, and I remember saying in my review that I was missing hits like "Mannish Boy." Well, guess what track opens this album? It's a blessing and a curse, because I love that track so much that the rest of the album paled in comparison. I hate to say it, but I think I preferred the live album overall. Still a good listen, the music is consistent, but my interest fizzled out fairly quickly. Even in his older age, Mannish Boy is such a powerhouse hit that the rest seemed tame in comparison. Favorite tracks: Mannish Boy, Bus Driver, I Can't Be Satisfied. Album art: This looks super goofy to me. There's no way he's hard again while dressed like that. 3.5/5

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I’ve always known the name Muddy Waters but wouldn’t have been able to tell you they were a Blues signer. I really enjoyed the album though blues aren’t my top genre.

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solid classic blues

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J’aime bien le blues et muddy waters, mais je trouve l’album inegale. Quand meme du blues a l’etat pure. 3.5

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Pleasantly loud stuff here from a founding father of blues. Blues aren’t my exact bag but I can easily see why people enjoy blasting Muddy Waters, and indeed I’ll be returning to this once I’ve got the full-hearted sound system (and possibly jovial party) a record like this obviously deserves. A respectable 6/10

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Love those old blues. This was a perfect blues album, something I haven't listened to before. This is great "hanging out" music but I don't think I'd ever listen to it on a playlist. Great start with Mannish Boy and there were a few others on there too, the album breezed by. Pretty basic cover but it's about what's inside that counts.

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Mit 64 hard again, es muss sich richtig geil angefühlt haben für den alten Muddy. Und so schiebt und scheppert er wie in alten Zeiten und statt dem Busfahrer eine reinzuhauen zieht er ihm fast schon psychedelisch die Bluesharp über die Ohren dass ihm hören und sehen vergehe und er im Gegenzug für immer weich bleibe. Oder so; es ist Sonntagmorgen und ich hab den Kaffee noch nicht auf. Aber Lust, mich näher mit dem Original Stuff zu befassen.

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While I prefer pre-sixties, less produced blues, this still rocks, esp. the version of Mannish Boy.

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Very enjoyable

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Nice!

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Love a bit of blues guitar, and there’s not many better than Muddy Waters.

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5

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Was alright. Unlikely to listen again.

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Classic hoochie coochie bluesy

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Took me a few listens, but I liked this more than expected. Very bluesy and I like the rock elements Saved: I Want To Be Loved #2*

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Sounds a lot like how I've been made to think the blues should sound. And I think it's pretty good. Although, I've seen that quite a few people prefer Waters' earlier stuff so I will have to dig a little bit more into that, but meanwhile this was quite a good introduction for me.

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Bllloooooos

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Solid blues album. Just seems like they're all having fun and playing the blues.

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A me piace “Electric Mud”

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It turns out I really don’t like Blues music

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Blues icon at 66 with nothing left to prove makes an album full of shit-hot riffs and ebullient charisma.

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Nope!

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jazzy, heard it somewhere before, probably very good for its time

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Cliché? I dunno

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great album but it’s not for me

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Nice jazz music but not really my style

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Great music but all the songs sound the same, too repetitive.

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All sounded the same but that one song was alright

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Good album, I was excited to listen to it but I was busy with work so I didn’t get to pay a lot of attention. It seemed like all the songs sounded the same.

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Didn't quite finish.

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Good to hear the origins of a classic lick. Not necessarily my fav, which is odd because I like blues. I would listen again.

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Very rock influenced blues. Quite enjoyable with the old rock influence and chord progressions. Vocals are reminiscent of old 60s blues.

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It's good.

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I find must blues to be predictable and formulaic but I rarely dislike it. Couple of stand out songs for me are "I want to be loved" which I know from the stones' version and "crosseyed cat".

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I really enjoyed this song.

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Very good music.

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some classic blues (great first song)

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I can see why this album is in the list, still a bit repetitive for my taste

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Never listened to Muddy Waters before. It's shameful, given how many guitarists (that I love) cite him as an influence. In the end, though, this is blues. And it gets old fast to me. Unless I'm at a dive bar 2-3 pitchers into the night...

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It’s a great example of the Blues genre and I’m sure if I saw them live in a bar/venue it would be just electric. But as a blues noob I feel like a lot of it was lost on me and all ended up sounding the same. A good album to have on when doing other things but not one to stop me in my tracks.

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He voice is soulful. It’s very nice. However this album doesn’t make me feel anything . Maybe I’m just not into blues

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A classic blues album from a pioneer of the sound, with a great blues voice. An excellent example of what it is, and an enjoyable listen. 3.5/5

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I'm imagining this must have been released towards the end of his career given that it was in the late 70s but this doesn't play like someone trying to keep themselves relevant. It has a confidence and strut that sounds fresh today

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Have listened to before. Good b

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Ok

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Really good, but I'm not sure I can do a whole album of blues in one go.

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I'm a blues album I'm a full-grown blues album ALBUM! I'm a natural born blues album ALBUM! I inspired the Rolling Stones Man, I'm a natural born blues album I'm a blues album I'm a hoochie coochie blues album (repeat ad infinitum)

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A guitar teacher's dream. I really liked the harmonica and that ONE tempo change towards the end. Blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll. Next stop, desert...

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Leuk maar ik word er een beetje gek van

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Muddy Waters is a familiar name to me, but I'm not sure how much of his music I've heard. I enjoyed this album. I like Muddy's voice. "Crosseyed Cat" was my favorite track, followed by "Deep Down in Florida". Perhaps if I knew more about the blues, I would appreciate more of the album. The album was good, but I don't know that I will remember this album well enough to come back for a second listen.

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Blowing the blues. Enjoyed listening. Probably won't listen again.

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He’s a mAAannn! Feels like music that goes well with a dimly lit bar and a glass of whiskey.

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I like blues, but a whole album is a lot

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Liked what I listened to. It made good background music but I was unable to just sit and give my attention to the album.

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Hard Again marked something of a return to form for Muddy Waters. A new lease of life had been provided by Chess Records- for who Waters had been signed to for 27 years- being bought up and the label moving away from releasing original recording by artists which left the iconic bluesman looking for a new label and a renewed sense of direction. There is nothing particularly unconventional on Hard Again in terms of the genre of blues rock, but that doesn’t mean it lacks punch or purpose. Indeed, most of the songs are standard Muddy Waters fare and some are even reinterpretation of old favourites, among these Water’s blues standard ‘Mannish Boy’ (which he had introduced 22 years earlier) stand out. It’s the production of long-term Water’s fan Johnny Winters that makes the album stand out. The songs are allowed to breathe, and the performers are encouraged to express themselves fully, even Winters himself indulges in a number of encouraging howls and handclaps. The sound verges on the chaotic, but it is held together in a brash and dirty rhythm. This is the blues after all. 3/5

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He ate my trousers

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I liked it...Especially Manish Boy. In the end this style of blues just sounds to much the same from song to song to allow me to appreciate more than a few songs at a time. 3.5 stars

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The album daydreams thru a wading swamp of cool.

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Great jazz! But not my style

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Enjoyed it as background music but didn't grab me like some albums do. Mannish boy best track on album

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yea was too muddy for me

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Nice blues/rock and roll. I noticed these are sampled by a few other people in newer songs so that was cool to hear

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Classic blues rock album. Can really hear the impact this had on a lot of subsequent bands. Enjoyable listen and has aged well

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Ok. Kind of repetitive.

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gostei, mas talvez não era o tipo de musica para o meu mood do dia de ontem, vou voltar a ouvir em algum outro momento pra re-avaliar.

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Muddy Waters was a legend and I respect that but this kind of blues I find difficult to sit through for a whole album.

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Pretty good - though perhaps not his best?

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Blues das antigas

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Vond dit wel leuk voor een keertje.

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Ok

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Smooth grooves. Added to rotation,.

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If you dont like jazz and blues then you most likely won’t like this album.

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This is how I like my blues: loud 'n' raucous (Mannish Boy is Exhibit A). Can't've been revolutionary in '77 but it sounds like a real fine example of the genre nonetheless. Held my attention pretty well throughout the duration. 3.5.

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Good blues, great voice full of mischief and fun! Quite busy production - prefer slightly fewer instruments or a cleaner mix between lead and rhythm, so I’m only giving 3* to the blues legend that is Muddy Waters.

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The band coming in on Mannish Boy hit me like a fuckin’ truck. 3.75

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Love this kind of music even if no one song stood out and the guitars in the first song sounded like every single blues song ever.

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An in-situ (and even meta) look at the transition between Delta blues and what would eventually become rock n' roll. Some tracks run a bit longer than they can sustain interest for, but the LP mostly delights with infectious energy, passion, and historical interest.

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Stories well told. The guitar becomes a duet.

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Muddy Waters already had a 40 year old career by the time he released Hard Again, but his voice still sounded amazing and gave a unique signature to his music. It's indeed a return to form for the legendary blues musician and the rerecording of "Mannish Boy" made it sound fresh more then 20 years after the original version.

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Own this on vinyl, from my muso blues fan teenage years. Classic blues - not a lot of variety, I think I only ever really played Mannish Boy

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Nice blues album

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Pure blues. I mean, you're not expecting electropop from Muddy are you? Best Tracks: Mannish Boy; I Can't Be Satisfied; The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll

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It was a fine listen, but I don't think I'd put it on the regular.

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Blues d'arrels, pantanós i cru. En algun moment em sembla estar a la gravació, amb uns músics dsifrutant en l'execució dels temes. Són talls ja coneguts de la seva carrera, aquí revisitats amb una força i una veu que realment sorprenen. Un blues massa pur pel meu gust estilístic, però molt de respecte

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I'm not sure whether it's more of a reflection of the all-pervading influence of the blues on modern popular music, or a sign of how stylistically conservative this album is in particular, but I found most of the tracks felt very familiar. Waters is a charismatic and assured vocalist, and he and his collaborators all seem like they're having a blast while laying down the album, which gives the whole project a very enjoyable air. 'Mannish Boy' and 'Bus Driver' feel every bit like timeless blues standards, but as the album progresses, while it never grates, I am left wishing for a little more rhythmic, tonal and textural variation.

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Have I heard this one before?

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i really liked the combination of sounds because it sounded jazzy and also like rockish but it wasn’t completely up my alley the rest of it but i thought it was cool for what it was

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More blues, it's fine

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It's a beautiful sunny Friday here in Canada for the first time in months. Spring is trying it's damnedest to spring after a long harsh winter and my energy is high. I'm just not in a bluesy mood. Today would have been a great day for some 80’s Billy Joel instead. I gave Muddy a listen, but it just does not match with my mindset today. Actually, I don't think the blues ever really match my mindset. Respect to Muddy, he is an all-time great musician. Maybe some other day.

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Manish Boy is one of the greatest songs ever! The rest of the album is enjoyable as well. 3/5

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Really good, I didn't know he was still releasing music this late.

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Bom.

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Always had assumed MW was a 50s dude

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not my vibe

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Das ist eher Kultur und weniger Kunst. Musik für live Entertainment, nicht für privaten Genuss. Men singing about speaking to women for men. Nix für mich.

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Super generic blues. I think his dog ran away to one point. Not my bag

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Ikkje så glad i blues asssszzzz

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Sounds phat. Bonus star for the guy that screams yeah. YEAH!

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Individually, these tunes might be a bit of bluesy fun but as an album it gets a bit too repetitive. Bonus star for some lovely guitar sounds

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No es malo pero enfadó

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I love blues but also find it super repetitive. I don't want to do Muddy Waters dirty like this... I really like 'I Want to Be Loved'

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Meh

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Blues like this just isn't my thing, it all sounds samey and merges into one

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Its ok but not for me. Cannot get into the zone for it...and it really does need you to be in it

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His voice is fine but, it honestly just sounds like the same song to me played over and over with different lyrics.

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Pretty cool in places but ot my thing

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Felt like I listened to the same song on loop for 45mins. 5/10

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Mehdy Waters

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Was ok

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It's blues, it's dirty, and it's done well. I lost interest after a couple tracks. Straight old blues tracks are great now and then but an album of them feels a bit repetitive. It's not bad, it's just not all that interesting.

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hey it's that riff george thoroughgood jacked. oh wait they all kinda sound like that

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Nope….

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The whole album felt like one long blues song to me. The patterns were repetitive, and everyone was playing on top of one another.

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Interesting to listen to some music from the Genre Gijs loves: Chicago blues. I only learned from him recently that it's very distinct from other forms of blues. A lot about making love and sleazy undertones. I can appreciate the historical context of this kind of music but with a lot of repetition, my ears do get tired rather quickly listening to this. In my feeling more the type of thing you intersperse a few songs at a party rather than listening to the whole album.

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Ok album. Blues isn’t my favorite as it seems many of the songs blend together. Mannish boy stood out but everything else was ok. 4.8/10

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bro like wtf stop with the honky

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quite enjoyed this - particularly the more upbeat ones: I can't be satisfied and 'the blues had a baby named rock'n'roll. less so the very slow ones with more harmonica e.g. deep down in Florida. crosseyed cat is fun

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Better than lenny cohen

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Too difficult to listen to! Very heavy blues with wailing harmonicas. Sounds very bloated and over the top for me.

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Blues rock and role old school.

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I hate blues

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One trick pony

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It's like listening to an important historical album. It was fine.

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Boring

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Lost interest after the first song ended, just not my thing

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I'm definitely not a fan of the blues. I found most of the songs repetitive and boring. I can't Be Satisfied was the only song I enjoyed.

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I think I would have to be in the mood for this one. Right now it just kind of felt boring and all the songs sounded too similar and repetetive.

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I just don’t like the blues.

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From the off, any album that opens with Mannish Boy has my attention. A three chord riff repeated for five minutes, but never boring. Bus Driver is good, but possibly needed to be a different tempo or feel, because it's starting to feel samey. This continues - by the improvement on prior tracks of The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock and Roll I'd started to struggle to realise when one track ended and the next began. I want to like this album. He was 71 when he made it, and Mannish Boy alone shows he could still create pure fire sometimes. But the complete lack of tonal variety really holds this back - when you look at the energy on display on BB King Live and compare it to the *ahem* muddy mid tempo blues of this, there really isn't enough here to make me want to came back.

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Respect Muddy Waters for being a big influence on blues and rock, but got bored after a while. More suited to background music for me.

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Bella voce, ma poca sostanza dal punto di vista musicale. Il ritmo è lento e gli accordi creano "aspettative", ma non vanno da nessuna parte. Non è che sia brutto, ma non lo riascolterei.

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Even kort doorgescrolld, maar blues doet het echt niet voor me

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I recognize that this is a huge character flaw but blues just doesn't do it for me.

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Ei tämä oikein lähtenyt, vaikka sinänsä laulajan äänestä pidinkin. Blues ei (ainakaan levyltä) vaan ole oma juttuni. Genressään kyllä varsin pätevän kuuloista musisointia. Ei ihan kolmoseen yllä, joten 2+

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More like shitty waters.

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false

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Mannish boy is class. The rest could have been one lo g song. Not for me at all.

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Loved Mannish but did it get stolen and remade into Bad to the Bone????😳Great blues if you like blues

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Yawn. Now I realize why I don’t own any straight blues albums. “Is this not over yet” definitely went through my head a few times. Too repetitive, all the songs sound the same, same guitar, harmonica, drums, harmony. Don’t get me wrong this is low down and dirty as it should be. His voice is guttural and perfect for blues. The harmonica howls. The rhythm section keeps it crawling along like a mud snake. “I can’t be satisfied” was a bit different and that was welcome. “Cross eyed cat” had a baseline variation which made it stand out. Maybe if it was hot out, and I was feeling a buzz and inside a sweaty biyou speakeasy I could appreciate it more. But I’m not and I can’t.

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Hard Again

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not for listening alone at home

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Not my type Lite variasjon I want to be loved va ok Blues akti me rock gitar

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En son ne zaman bu kadar emin bi sekilde puan verdim hatirlamiyorum

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Formulaic blues.

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“Raining down Delta beatitude.”

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To be completed

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Great on vinyl

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