MUDDY WATERS The Complete Plantation Recordings: The Historic 1941-42 Library Of Congress Field Recordings (1993)

The Complete Plantation Recordings: The Historic 1941-42 Library Of Congress Field Recordings (1993)
The Origins Of McKinley Morganfield

The original, raw, first recordings of the great Muddy Waters. While it’s impossible to pick a favorite amongst the old blues players, I think I can safely state that McKinley Morganfield is my favorite vocalist of the genre. His deep, booming voice requires no understanding of the blues to appreciate. It’s not as tortured as Son House, as intimidating as John Lee Hooker or as downright frightening as Howlin’ Wolf, but it’s a thing of remarkable beauty. Normally, I’m not a fan of interview segments on albums, but these original interviews by Alan Lomax are utterly fascinating. For one, you can hear how penetrating Lomax’s inquiries were, getting to the bottom of the origins of American blues like no white man before him. You’ll even bear witness to Lomax’s introduction to Son House, as Waters tells him how he learned to play bottleneck slide (with an actual bottle). “Son House? Who’s that?,” Lomax asks. Can you even fathom “stumbling” on Muddy Waters, just to have him explain to you how he does what he does… while he does it? Like all field recordings, there are challenged sonics, so this surely won’t be a go-to Waters disc for you. But, it’s a fascinating look at the roots of modern blues, and a taste of what it took to preserve it all… just so you can have it now. We’ve got a great live Muddy CD from 1964 you’ll like, too. Amazon.

Country Blues (Number One) (3:33)
Interview #1 (by Alan Lomax) (3:52)
I Be’s Troubled (3:05)
Interview #2 (by Alan Lomax/John Work) (1:50)
Burr Clover Farm Blues (2:54)
Interview #3 (by John Work) (1:13)
Ramblin’ Kid Blues (Partial) (1:10)
Ramblin’ Kid Blues (3:16)
Rosalie (3:03)
Joe Turner (Vocal: Louis Ford) (2:46)
Pearlie May Blues (Vocal: Percy Thomas) (3:26)
Take A Walk With Me (Second Guitar: Son Simms) (3:05)
Burr Clover Blues (Second Guitar: Son Simms) (3:13)
Interview #4 (0:35)
I Be Bound To Write To You (First Version) (3:25)
I Be Bound To Write To You (Second Version) (2:52)
You’re Gonna Miss Me (Number One) (3:25)
You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days (2:09)
Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You (2:08)
Country Blues (Number Two) (3:34)
You’re Gonna Miss Me (Number Two) (3:40)
32-20 Blues (Second Guitar: Charles Berry) (3:25)



  • Capt. Willard
    October 31, 2010 - 19:22 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Dave
    November 15, 2011 - 19:27 | Permalink

    You’re right – what a find.
    Thanks for this one.
    Regards, Dave.

  • Jerry Lee
    November 19, 2011 - 11:28 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, I’ve been looking for this for a while. If you’re ever in Memphis, take a ride down to Clarksdale, Muddy’s sharecropper house is in the Delta Blues Museum. I highly recommend staying at the Shack Up Inn.

    • Willard
      November 19, 2011 - 11:57 | Permalink

      Sounds like a plan, thanks.

  • Joe
    November 25, 2012 - 22:46 | Permalink

    Hi Capt. Willard, MF has an issue with Muddy Waters. Thank you for your blog, fantastic.

  • Willard
    November 26, 2012 - 01:20 | Permalink

    New link up. Thanks for the note.

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