Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Hoochie Coochie Man" - Rated 226/500!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the July 2010 Issue of Stereophile! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
For the middle album of his Johnny Winter-produced late-'70s music trilogy, blues giant Muddy Waters brought a new spirit to some familiar material. Starting with members of Waters' touring band Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Winter added underrated guitarist (and longtime Waters foil) Jimmy Rogers and extraordinary harp player Big Walter Horton to the mix. The songs recorded for I'm Ready offer a mix of new material and vintage hit singles like the title cut, the mid-'60s jewel Screamin' and Cryin', or the Willie Dixon-penned I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man.
For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready is the perfect place to start. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more.
"Judging by the gatefold black and white photo,everyone had a great time making the album. Youll have as good a time listening. The sound is quite three-dimensional, with a pronounced but pleasant presence region peak that ads a needed rough edge to the proceedings. The stage is relatively compact and very coherent with plenty of old fashioned mike leakage that helps to create a live sound in an era of isolation booth multi-track mono productions. Producer Winter and engineer Still knew the sound they were going for and they got it!" - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 8/10
"Waters tested this ["Hoochie Coochie Man"] out at the Chicago blues club Zanzibar. Dixon gave him some advice: 'Well, just get a little rhythm pattern,' he said. 'Do the same thing over again, y'know.' Waters cut it a couple of weeks later, with Dixon on bass." - Rolling Stone
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Muddy Waters, vocals, guitar
Pinetop Perkins, piano
Bob Margolin, bass
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, drums
Jimmy Rogers, guitar
Big Walter Horton, harp
Jerry Portnoy, harp
Johnny Winter, guitar
1. I'm Ready
2. 33 Years
3. Who Do You Trust
4. Copper Brown
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
7. Rock Me
8. Screamin' and Cryin'
9. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl