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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Get On Down
  • ASIN: B00FEKTU2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Long Distance Call
2. Who Do You Love
3. I'm A Man
4. Bo Diddley
5. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
6. I Just Want To Make Love To You
7. My Babe
8. You Don't Love Me

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In 1968, Chess Records' lesser known subsidiary Checker Records engaged in an interesting experiment. Perhaps inspired by similar blues super groups such as Cream and Steampacket or 1964's Two Great Guitars, which paired Bo Diddley recording alongside Chuck Berry, Checker brought together some of the best artists in their roster - Diddley, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter - to combine their talents into an album of hard-hitting, soulful Chicago Blues. The three bluesmen were brought together by legendary R&B producer Ralph Bass to record Super Blues, an informal jam session. Critics remain divided over the merits of Super Blues as an album, but most agree it occupies a remarkable place in history both as an experiment and as a shape of things to come. Recorded at a time when electric blues influence on the mainstream was at its height, shades of Waters & Bo's future proto-funk experimentation can be heard throughout Super Blues'' rough-at-the-seams, yet still loose and relaxed tracks. The main players sound as strong as ever, as impromptu vocals and humorous asides are tossed into off-kilter re-workings of classic tracks like Diddley's "I'm A Man", Waters' "I Just Want To Make Love To You", and Walter's "My Babe". A truly unique release. A rare glimpse at three blues powerhouses from within the studio itself.

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Format: Audio CD
Ok it's not an essential (perhaps) but it has Little Walter and Muddy together - it'll do for me - also check out the Super Super Blues Band (some of the same guys but possible a better album)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schatz on 18 Jan 2014
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The sound track is very disappointing These days music is digitally enhanced & this doesn't sound as if it has been?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed it myself 22 Feb 2003
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've never understood why some blues fans hate this album so much. I enjoy it myself. The banter between Bo, Muddy and Walter is priceless. The versions of "I'm A Man," "You Don't Love Me," "Bo Diddley," "Who Do You Love," and the ending of "Long Distance Call" make it a worthwhile purchase. This captures what is in essence an informal jam session and to my ears at least, it does a good job.
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A must have in any blues collection 2 Nov 2007
By PATRICK HAZELL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Super Blues has been one of my long-time favorite blues albums. I used to dance around the house in flying circles to this album with my baby children in my arms as they laughed and laughed in fun. I think to this day--some 35 years later, it is still one of their favorites--and they are in the "Biz". I've been a professional myself-- blues piano player since 1961, and harp player since 1964--started playing blues in the mid-50s. Yes, Little Walter is near his end on this album--it shows--but yet, his harp playing stands in there in spite of the lack of his powerful tone of previous years. The album is worth having even from this perspective. Bo Diddley is happening--energy is the main thing here--whether or not his guitar is in tune is besides the point. The live recording aspect of this album gives it an energy that most studio recordings lack.

My review comes with the full knowledge that this album and the Super, Super Blues album which followed later are probably two of the most panned blues albums ever released. Well, I'm one person who definitely bucks the crowd with my high opinion of both.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Long out of print Blues album gets remastered. 22 Nov 2013
By M. Salmestrelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the early experimental Blues albums by Chess geared to generate more interest in the musicians the major moneymaking artists at the time (Cream, Hendrix, Stones, Beatles) were not shy about acknowledging as their influences. I assume it was a successful seller because it led to Super Super Blues Band

On paper, It sounds pretty cool. Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Little Walter join forces to record some of their greatest hits. The album is not as good as it sounds though. There is bizarre shouting by enthusiastic women. They aren't singing along, they're just shouting. There is interactions between Waters, Walter and Diddley during the songs which is fun to hear. This heightens the experimental aspect of the album. Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley do sound like they're getting into the proceedings. Little Walter on the other hand sounds very sick. He has an ailing raspy voice. At times it aches to hear him straining to get the words out on 'My Babe' and 'You Don't Love Me'. He is clearly ill during this recording and he died a short time later at only 37.

I can't say this is a great album.. I give it 4 stars because of the remastering job done by Get On Down.

The length of these songs match the length of the songs on the Chess/MCA 1992 CD. "Long Distance Call' still fades out at around 5 minutes in. I don't know if there are longer versions or even bonus tracks available to Get On Down to add to their releases. None of their releases have bonuses or extended mixes, just great sound.

It is still good to see such an oddity available again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
jive talking at its best 25 July 2006
By Mr. David G. Webster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this album is one of the best r and b cuts i have ever heard. 3 legends playing the blues how they should be played. the whole essence of what inspired the stones and the yardbirds is contained in this almost holy recording. those who worship at the shrine of the god of rythm and blues simply must own it. you cannot reasonably call yourself an r and b fan unless you buy it. now.
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What's the Logic Behind... 16 May 2012
By gr8fulvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I do not understand why Chess has an absolutely wonderful vinyl record and CHOP IT UP to make a CD? Why on earth would they fade out LONG DISTANCE CALL at the very climax at the end? It makes no sense, they could fit almost twice the content, so space isn't the answer.

Is there a CD version that includes the entire, uncut "LONG DISTANCE CALL" as it was on the vinyl release?
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