Muddy Waters

Windy City Blues

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Dressed To Kill is not normally known for issuing quality material. Normally they shuffle out half-baked live gigs that are either audience recordings of live shows or pirated board tapes. Even they can't mess up all the time, though, as is this case in point from Muddy Waters. Windy City Blues is a live show from who knows where, since there is no documentation, but it's late in Waters' life when he had found new inspiration in the music as a result of his studio recordings produced by Johnny Winter for Columbia's Blue Sky label. This tour, with Waters' road band in fine shape, finds the great bluesman roaring like a lion out of the gate and having a blast while doing it. Whether he's playing one of his own tunes such as "Baby Please Don't Go," "They Call Me Muddy Waters," "Long Distance Phone Call," the rarely performed "Lonesome in My Bedroom," or another standard such as "Last Night," or Sonny Boy Williamson's "Nine Below Zero," or Peter Chatman's "Corrine Corrina," the result is the same, an inspired performance in which Waters is allowing the crowd's enthusiasm to buoy his own spirit. Standout tracks are versions of Jerry Lieber's "Kansas City" and the undeniable and rousing "Mannish Boy." This set is dirt cheap and who knows how long it will be around, so go on down to your neighborhood's bargain bin CD emporium, or even a local department store with huge CD dumps, and seek this one out. It's worth it.

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