The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters
– one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/
Cadet) was released, it was downplayed as a cheap attempt to sell out Muddy
's classic blues sound. These days, it's treasured by many of us as a unique funky session that merged the best of Chicago's funk, soul, and blues worlds – taking Muddy
's sound way past earlier records and into uncharted waters
. It's similar to some of the work on Chess at the time by Bo Diddley and Etta James – and it includes lots of nice updated groovers like "I'm A Man", "I Just Want To Make Love to You", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Same Thing", "She's All Right", and "Tom Cat". Arrangements are by Charles Stepney, too!
(Cadet Concept pressing with deep groove, in a black cover.)