- Audio CD (18 Aug. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Severn
- ASIN: B00KYJHTQA
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
For Pops (A Tribute To Muddy Waters)
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The son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield and Fabulous Thunderbird frontman Kim Wilson come together for this tribute release. "For Pops (A tribute To Muddy Waters) represents some of Mud's favorite songs from his father including the iconic "I Just Want To Make Love To You" plus "Blow Wind Blow" and "Just To Be With You". When you hear Mud belt out his version of the classic "My Dog Can't Bark" it's clear that the apple truly doesn't fall far from the tree. Kim Wilson lives up to his reputation as the finest purveyor of the "Little Walter" harmonica style by laying down some of his best work to date. Backing them is the crack team of Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn (guitars), Barrelhouse Chuck (Piano), Steve Gomes (bass) and Robb Stupka (drums). "For Pops" only scratches the surface of the impressive catalog left by the master bluesman, but this collection is a must for Blues fans everywhere. We're certain 'Pops' is proud of his boy. Packaged in Digipak format.
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For me the Muddy Waters band was the high point of Chicago blues and it was amazing that although the band's personnel changed many times over the years the standard of the music always remained very high, with the emphasis on wonderful ensemble playing. That same focus on ensemble playing is heard here, with Mud and Kim slightly to the fore, but this isn't a a recreation of those classic Waters' Chess sides rather a tribute in the same vain. However, they haven't chosen the more well-known Muddy Waters songs like "Hoochie coochie man" etc but have gone for less-covered songs such as "My Dog Can't Bark" and "She's Got It".
The band of Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn on guitars, Barrelhouse Chuck on piano, bassist Steve Gomes and Robb Stupka on drums are completely in the Chicago groove and play like a band that have been together for years rather than session men, with that classic sound of the guitars, piano and harp weaving in and around each other. I find it impossible to pick a favourite track - I love all these songs, both the original versions and these modern interpretations - although I would flag up Kim's chromatic harmonica playing on "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and the great tough version of "Just to be with you" which also reminded me of the Paul Butterfield version. Mud has done his old man proud with this record and everyone involved should be very pleased with this well-judged record.
Now that they have got together to record this album, let us just hope that there will be more albums in the future.
I could write more about how great this album is, but I won't, just buy it and enjoy the blues as it is, the blues, pure blues.
Thanks Mud, thanks Kim