Muddy Waters – LIVE AT MR. KELLY’S – MCA 23998


This disc captures the classic line-up of Muddy Waters’ band as they play some of the most compelling Chicago blues ever to spin its’ way out of the vaults of Chess Records. Mr. Kelly’s was one of Chicago’s high-class jazz clubs in the `60’s, while Muddy Waters was making his name on the south- side in the juke-joints. But by 1971, his only real competition being B.B. King, Muddy Waters was primed and ready to wow the local patrons with some delta-born, Memphis-tested, Chicago-bred blues of the highest caliber.
About half of the disc is comprised of the usual classics you have come to expect, but Muddy also does a great version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom, Boom, Boom”, and some others that might surprise you. With the people assembled here, how could this be anyhing but a winner? James Cotton blows some mean harp throughout the show, and tries to duel with Muddy Waters with some great results. Originally issued on Chess 50012 in 1971, this re-issue of a killer show from Muddy Waters’ hey-day is a welcomed addition to any collection.
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