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REQUIRED LISTENING: a musician's personal notes about favorite artists.

His Best, 1956-1964.
Chess Records. Muddy Waters broke so much ground, creating grooves that were decades ahead of their time (and still sound amazing today). During this period (56-64) there was an incredible sexual and sleazy tension to Muddy Water's music. His restrained phrasing (along with James Cotton, Jimmy Rodgers, Earl Hooker, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Francis Clay), sounded like two trains running. "You Shook Me," "You Need Love," "Rock Me," "Got My Mojo Working," "Close To You" and "She's Into Something" will live forever and provide me with inspiration for the rest of my life.

posted: May 2003.


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