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on June 7, 2003
The title of this CD may give you the false impression that there is some kind of collaboration between Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf going on.
Nope, no such thing.
This completely superflous album is simply a hap-hazard collection of tracks from Waters' "Fathers And Sons" sessions with Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, and Otis Spann, and tracks by Howlin' Wolf from his London sessions with Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. And it's not even the best tracks.'
There is absolutely nothing here which isn't available on much better albums (the original "Fathers & Sons" and "London Sessions" albums come to mind), with more attractive layout and better sound. Don't waste your money on this cheap attemp to present these songs as "new" material. Go get the real thing.
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on January 26, 2003
First and foremost Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf were the two kings of the Chicago Blues scene. The two of them dominated Chess Records from the 1950's until the label's demise in the 1970's. They competed for the best songs, musicians and attention from the Chess brothers. The competition between the two ultimately resulted in a style of Blues that the rest of the world stands in awe of.
This recording, actually a re-release of parts of two earlier albums is a great look into why Waters and Wolf were so great. The Muddy Waters recordings features the cream of Chicago's Blues scene. Otis Spann, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay and Duck Dunn play on most of the tracks. The line-up for the Howlin' Wolf sessions is even more impressive. Made during his London Sessions, these cuts feature england's brrightest and best; Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and long-time Howlin' Wolf rhythm guitarist, Hubert Sumlin.
If you want to get a great sample of what made these two Blues giants the cornerstone of the Chicago Blues scene, then I strongly suggest that you get this album, then go out and get a bunch of their solo recordings as well. You can't go wrong.
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on September 20, 2000
I first bought this album as a freshmen in college *way* back in '97. I got interested in Muddy and the Wolf thru 60s covers by bands like The Doors, The Experience, Cream, Stones....
This music caught me off guard. I was not ready for the reality of the blues. Now, I listen to these two fellas religiously.
The album is comprised of two sets: one by Muddy, featuring the Paul Butterfield Blues band in support, and one set by the Howlin' Wolf with British rockers such as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bill Watts, as well as the Wolf's usual champion guitarist, Hubert Sumlin.
The sides with Muddy cook. Recorded live in '69, this is later period Muddy, but ya know, he never lost a step. Even in the late 70s his music is uncompromising and powerful. Paul Butterfield's harp play is one of a kind, and seriously complex(I dabble in the harmonica.) Having learned first hand from Little Walter, Butterfield knows his chops and brings Muddy's contributions to this album to another level.
The entire concert from which the 6 Muddy sides are taken is also available on Chess, titled FATHERS AND SONS. This is recommended as well.
The Wolf's sides are slightly less engaging, but still very good in the annals of bluesdom. Clapton adds a nice sound, and Steve Winwood is complementary as well. Definately not the Wolf's most intense takes, but this is very good music. The Chess album that these 7 tracks are pulled from is called "The London Sessions."
A wonderful introduction to the Muddy and the Wolf, or a nice way to fill some gaps in one's blues collection.
Highly recommended, but both sets are available in extended form.
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on January 4, 2002
This is a magnificent live album that shows why these Chicago blues legends are still legends today. Both performances are engaging, witty, and raw. This includes classics such as All Aboard, I'm Ready, Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had, What a Woman!, and Red Rooster played in all their forceful glory.
So why does this loose a star? It is for casual fans only. Both performances are available in completion on Muddy's Fathers and Sons and the Wolf's The London Sessions, so this is of little use to anyone who has them. Therefore only casual fans would be interested. Otherwise this album is an excellent live blues album, with near perfect sound and appearances from legends Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, and longtime Stones keyboardist Ian Stewart. So in conclusion if you want some great blues that fits neatly into your budget don't hesitate on Muddy and the Wolf!
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on September 26, 1999
the howlin wolf tracks are all taken from the london sessions cd. my guess is that the same is true of muddy's tracks, but i don't know for sure. imho, the highlight of the whole cd is the the rehearsal for "little red rooster", where eric clapton et al beg for - and get - a lesson from the wolf. it might have made sense to them, but it's a mystery to me: "you just uh, you know, then he comes in..." of course, the music itself is outstanding.
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on September 22, 1999
This is a great album. There is lots of energy and spunk, and it is good to hear the original masters jamming with some of the younger guys. Paul Butterfield and Eric Clapton with Hubert Sumlin and Otis Spann, and the Rolling Stones rhythm section. Muddy and the Wolf have always been rivals, and they haven't lost their competitive edge yet!
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on August 4, 2001
muddy and the wolf. The title says it all. two of the best blues artists ever on one excellant disc. i find myself drawn more towards the muddy tracks but the wolf is great just because hes howlin wolf and he rocks. very comforting, honest music. anything on chess usually is.
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on April 12, 2002
From vinal to CD, who can do better than this? This is where the two generations meet, and bring it all together. Anyone who loves the blues MUST have this in their collection. Order 10 copies for your blues pals, they will want it.
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on February 27, 1999
Eric Clapton is lead guitar...Highway 49 really rocks with Eric on guitar and Otis Spann on the piano...this is some fine blues...Blow wind blow another great here
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on April 7, 2015
A Classic,was a great release years ago and still holds up today!!
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