Thursday, February 16, 2012

Muddy Waters - All Night Long

This live CD was cut from shows throughout the 60’s and 70’s and features some legendary players, including Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Muddy’s voice is in terrific shape for all of these shows and he plays some piercing slide work. Most of his finest works are included, from “Baby Please Don’t Go”, “Hoothcie Coochie Man”, “Tiger in Your Tank” to “Rock Me Baby”, “Rollin’ and Tumblin”” and finishing with a rave up on “Got My Mojo Working”.

Many of the performances are a bit subdued, though still powerful – just not as flat-out rockin’ as some of the shows that I have heard. As always, I would recommend his early studio work for any novices (especially the amazing The Definitive Collection), but this is a superior selection of live tracks and show just want this legend could do in a live setting!