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Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill (and More) on New “Chess Masters” Volume

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Muddy You Shook Me ChessSix years after the last set of Muddy Waters’ Chess recordings by Hip-O Select, the boutique label will release You Shook Me: The Chess Masters Volume 3 1958-1963 next week.

While Waters’ profile was well on the rise before the period covered on this two-disc set – having put singles like “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and “Mannish Boy” in the upper reaches of the R&B charts – You Shook Me is notable for being anchored not only around single releases but two of Waters’ first LPs. 1960’s Muddy Waters Sings “Big Bill” was a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy, the Chicago bluesman who gave Waters one of his first major professional breaks opening for him at local clubs. The other, recorded that same year, was Muddy Waters at Newport 1960, a killer of a live album that featured revelatory versions of “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Got My Mojo Workin.'”

This 49-track set also includes one unreleased instrumental, “Sweet Black Angel,” and a handful of songs that appeared only on a multi-LP box set of Waters’ Chess output released in Japan. Mary Katherin Aldin pens liner notes for the booklet, which is filled with rare photos of Waters in action.

You Shook Me is available next Tuesday, December 18. Grab it from Amazon U.S. or Amazon U.K. and hit the jump for full specs.

You Shook Me: The Chess Masters Volume 3 1958-1963 (Hip-O Select B0017581-02, 2012)

Disc 1

  1. Walking Thru the Park
  2. Blues Before Sunrise
  3. Mean Mistreater
  4. Crawlin’ Kingsnake
  5. Lonesome Road Blues
  6. Mopper’s Blues
  7. Take the Bitter with the Sweet
  8. She’s Into Something
  9. Southbound Train
  10. Just a Dream (on My Mind)
  11. I Feel So Good
  12. Hey, Hey
  13. Love Affair
  14. Recipe for Love
  15. Baby, I Done Got Wise
  16. Tell Me Baby
  17. When I Get to Thinking
  18. Double Trouble
  19. Woman Wanted
  20. Read Way Back
  21. I’m Your Doctor
  22. Deep Down in My Heart
  23. Tiger in Your Tank
  24. Soon Forgotten
  25. Meanest Woman
  26. I Got My Brand on You

Disc 2

  1. I Got My Brand on You (Live)
  2. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)
  3. Baby Please Don’t Go (Live)
  4. Soon Forgotten (Live)
  5. (I Wanna Put a) Tiger in Your Tank (Live)
  6. I Feel So Good (Live)
  7. I’ve Got My Mojo Working (Part 1) (Live)
  8. I’ve Got My Mojo Working (Part 2) (Live)
  9. Goodbye Newport Blues (Live)
  10. Real Love *
  11. Lonesome Bedroom Blues
  12. Messin’ with the Man
  13. Going Home
  14. Down by the Deep Blue Sea *
  15. Muddy Waters Twist
  16. Tough Times
  17. You Shook Me
  18. You Need Love
  19. Little Brown Bird
  20. Sweet Black Angel (a.k.a. Black Angel Blues) **
  21. Five Long Years
  22. Brown Skin Woman *
  23. Twenty Four Hours

* indicates track previously unreleased in the U.S. ** indicates previously unreleased track.

Disc 1, Tracks 1 and 3 from Chess single 1718, 1959
Disc 1, Track 2 from The Chess Box (Chess CHD3-80002, 1989)
Disc 1, Track 4 from They Call Me Muddy Waters (Chess LP 1553, 1970)
Disc 1, Tracks 5-6, 9-10, 12, 15 and 18 from Muddy Waters Sings “Big Bill” (Chess LP 1444, 1960)
Disc 1, Tracks 7-8 from Chess single 1733, 1959
Disc 1, Track 11 and 17 from Chess single 1748, 1960
Disc 1, Track 13 from Chess single 1758, 1960
Disc 1, Tracks 14 and 16 from Chess single 1739, 1959
Disc 1, Track 19 from Chess single 1774, 1960
Disc 1, Tracks 20-21 from Chess single 1752, 1960
Disc 1, Track 22 from Rare and Unissued (Chess CH-9180, 1984)
Disc 1, Tracks 23 and 25 from Chess single 1765, 1960
Disc 1, Tracks 24 and 26 and Disc 2, Tracks 10, 14 and 22 from The Chess Box (Chess PLP 6040/6050 (JP))
Disc 2, Tracks 1-9 released as Muddy Waters at Newport 1960 (Chess LP 1449, 1960)
Disc 2, Tracks 12 and 14 released as Chess single 1796, 1961
Disc 2, Track 13 and 16 released as Chess single 1819, 1962
Disc 2, Tracks 15 and 17 released as Chess single 1827, 1962
Disc 2, Tracks 18-19 released as Chess single 1839, 1962
Disc 2, Tracks 21 and 23 released as Chess single 1862, 1963

Written by Mike Duquette

December 13, 2012 at 10:57

3 Responses

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  1. Wow… There’s only so much music out there I can afford, or find time to enjoy, but this looks pretty cool. Plenty of tracks here that I’m not familiar with, but would love to hear.


    December 13, 2012 at 16:48

  2. I must say that Hip-O’s policy of making the recordings of the giants of American music history, like Muddy Waters, as exclusive limited editions and pulling them from print is outrageous.

    The first volume of this series should be in print as long as records and CDs are being made.

    Bo Diddley is also now unavailable.

    Soon Chuck Berry will never be available.

    These are among the most important musicians in their styles and their era. They should not be made part of a marketing scam.


    December 14, 2012 at 08:43

    • I didn’t realize that about Hip-O. That is outrageous, and just flat-out wrong. I realize it’s a business for them, but that’s still lousy.

      Seems to me that great, historic music like this should always be out there in some form. Some label would keep such in music print, I would think. Or, even if it’s just a “print on demand” service, or keeping it available digitally (with high quality FLAC, etc.).


      December 14, 2012 at 10:13

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