Muddy Waters Hard Again 180g LP
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Mannish Boy" - Rated 230/500!
180g Audiophile Vinyl Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso & AcousTech's Kevin Gray From Original Blue Sky/Epic Records Tapes!
The sorely missed Muddy Waters was one of the blues most important voices.
From the late forties until his passing in 1983, he made a ton of incredible
recordings and major contributions to history of blues, folk and of course rock
In 1977, after Muddy Waters' 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 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’ Mannish Boy. Hearing
Muddy belting out “I’m A Man” and Johnny Winter shouting in the background is
worth the price of admission. 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, gets a definitive
showcase here with another classic revisit with 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 like the rockin’ Bus Driver, the soulful Little Girl and
the autobiographical The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll all
made this Muddy Waters album the classic that it is today, and will forever be!
Friday Music is very proud and pleased to announce the limited edition 180 Gram
Audiophile Vinyl release of Hard Again. This first time ever issued LP in the HQ
format is truly one remarkable keeper for the audiophile domain. Mastered from
the original Blue Sky/Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at
AcousTech and pressed impeccably at RTI, they've also included a very limited
gatefold cover with two more historic photos of the blues legend.
Hard Again by Muddy Waters on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl is a blues’ fans dream
come true and a reality today from your friends at the Friday Music label...ROCK
"After Waters heard Bo Diddley audition 'I'm a Man' for Chess, he replied with 'Mannish Boy.' (Diddley got a credit as McDaniel, his real name.) Both songs were issued in 1955 and shot into the R&B Top 10. 'When I heard him, I realized the connection between all the music I heard,' Keith Richards said of Waters. 'He was like the code book.'" - Rolling Stone
• Limited Edition
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Mastered from Original Blue Sky/Epic Records Tapes
• Mastered by Joe Reagoso & Kevin Gray at AcousTech
• Pressed at RTI
• Gatefold cover
Muddy Waters, vocals, guitar
Johnny Winter, miscellaneous screaming, guitar
James Cotton, harp
"Pine Top" Perkins, piano
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, drums
Bob Margolin, guitar
Charles Chalmers, bass
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 (#2)
7. Deep Down In Florida
8. Crosseyed Cat
9. Little Girl