Muddy Waters – I’m Ready – Our Shootout Winner from 2012

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame

EXCELLENT BLUES SOUND AND MUSIC on this late ’70s ABC album produced by Johnny Winter! King and Winter collaborated on three albums and this is the middle one, great pressings of this album like this one bring this music to a whole new level! It’s so very difficult to find blues records that sound natural and honest to the style while still giving you the energy, presence and clarity needed to bring the music to life — this baby has got that magic.  

If you’re looking for a Hot Stamper Blues album to add a little variety to your collection, this copy of I’m Ready is an excellent choice!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

I’m Ready
33 Years
Who Do You Trust?
Copper Brown

Side Two

I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Mamie
Rock Me
Screamin’ and Cryin’
Good Morning Little School Girl

AMG  Review

For the middle album of his Johnny Winter-produced, late-’70s musical trilogy, blues giant Muddy Waters brought a new spirit to some familiar material. Starting with members of Waters’ touring band — pianist Pinetop Perkins, bassist Bob Margolin, and drummer 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.” Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine…

For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I’m Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you’ll be ready for more.

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