Various Artists – The Many Faces Of The Rolling Stones (2015)

FrontCover1This is a great sampler from Mexico !

The Rolling Stones have become the reincarnation of rock itself, being the representation, both musically and in terms of image and behavior, what rock & roll represents. In The Many Faces Of The Rolling Stones, we will highlight their side-projects, their roots, their favorite songs and even a brand new song, which becomes and event in itself, for all the Stones’ fans around the world. The idea sounds wonderful right?. Well, The Many Faces Of The Rolling Stones will meet the expectations of even the most demanding Stones fan. We have a lost recording by Leslie West (Mountain’s guitarist) with Mick Jagger playing guitar, a duet by Keith Richards with Ian McLagan (Faces’ keyboardist), and also the hard-to-find single versions of Bill Wyman’s solo hits.

Also we have Mick Jagger and Keith Richards all time favorite songs (handpicked by themselves), and an extremely rare track titled Catch As Catch Can, that was released only in a limited edition in France as a 7″ and never previously available on CD single, by musician and producer Robin Millar (Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Sade) recorded in 1973 along with Mick Taylor, Bobby Keys and Mick Jagger!!!.

Finally, we have the originals versions of the best songs the Stones covered during his long and illustrious career. This is a marvelous project that with remastered sound, beautiful cover art extended liner notes is an essential addition to your collection. (promo text)

Yes, yes, yes … a real great and intersting Project … Listen and discover the many faces of The Rolling Stones !
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Tracklist:

CD 1:
The Adventures Of The Stones:
01. Leslie West feat. Mick Jagger:High Roller (Jagger/Richards/Laing/Palmer) 4.13
02. Ron Wood & Ian McLagan: She Stole It (McLagan) 3.45
03. Bill Wyman: Monkey Grip (single edition) (Wyman) 3.17
04. Ian McLagan & Keith Richards: Truly (McLagan) 5.58
05. Toots & The Maytals feat. Keith Richards:- Careless Ethiopians (Hibbert) 3.22
06. Ron Wood & The Jones Gang: Had Me A Real Good Time (Lane/Wood) 4.45
07. Ian McLagan feat. Bobby Keys: Somebody (McLagan) 3.00
08 .British Invasion All-Stars feat. Dick Taylor: Gimme Some Loving (Winwood) 4.15
09. Bill  Wyman: (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star (single edit) (Wyman) 3.23
10. Robin Millar feat. Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins & Bobby Keys: Catch As Catch Can (Millar)  3.33
11. John Phillips feat. Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor & Keith Richards:- Zulu Warrior (Phillips/Jagger) 3.30
12. Ron Wood & The Jones Gang: Stay With Me (Wood/Stewart) 5.09
13. Chris Farlowe produced by Mick Jagger: Out Of Time (Jagger/Richards) 3.15
14. Johnny Winter: Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Jagger/Richards) 4.42
CD 2:
Mick & Keith’s Favourite Tracks:
01. Little Walter: I Go To Go (Walter)  2.41
02. Muddy Waters: Forty Days And Forty Nights (Roth) 2.50
03. Robert Johnson: Stones In My Passway (Johnson) 2.28
04. Ray Charles: Lonely Avenue (Pomus) 2.34
05. Z.Z. Hill: Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (Grayson /Horton) 4.57
06. Blind Willie Johnson: Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground) (Johnson) 3.20
07. Howlin’ Wolf: Forty Four (Burnett) 2.48
08. Jesse Fuller: Stagolee (Traditional) 3.44
09. Bill Broonzy: When Did You Leave Heaven (Bullock/Whiting) 3.29
10. Elmore James:- It Hurts Me Too (Red/James/London)  3.19
11. Little Walter: Key To The Highway (Segar) 2.45
12. Erna Franklin: Piece Of My Heart (Ragovoy/Berns) 2.38
13. Chuck Berry: Memphis (Berry) 2.14
14. Robert Johnson: 32-20 Blues (Johnson) 2.52
CD 3:
The  Originals:
01. Chuck Berry: Around And Around (Berry) 2.40
02. Larry Williams: She Said Yeah (Jackson/Williams) 1.50
03. Nat King Cole Trio: Route  66 (Troup) 3.01
04. Muddy Waters:  Just Want To Make Love To You (Dixon) 2.51
05. Howlin’ Wolf: Little Red Rooster (Burnett/Dixon) 2.26
06. Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away (Holly/Petty) 2.23
07. Jimmy  Reed: Honest I Do (Reed/Abner) 2.42
08. Dale Hawkins: Suzie Q (Hawkins/Lewis/Broadwater)  2.19
09. The Coasters: Poison Ivy (Leiber/Stoller) 2.42
10. Jim Harpo: I’m A King Bee (Harpo) 3.04
11. Robertt Johnson: Love In Vain (Johnson) 3.20
12. Bo Diddley: Mona (McDaniel) 3.39
13. Gene Allison: You Can Make It If You Try (Jarrett) 2.09
14. Eric Donaldson: Cherry Oh, Baby (Donaldson) 3.07
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Muddy Waters – Fathers And Sons (1969)

FrontCover1Fathers and Sons is the seventh studio album by American blues musician Muddy Waters, originally released as a double LP by Chess Records in August 1969.

The album features both studio and live recordings recorded in April 1969 with an all-star band including Michael Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T. & the M.G.’s and Sam Lay in Chicago, Illinois.

The album was Muddy’s biggest mainstream success, reaching #70 on the Billboard 200, which was his only appearance in the top half of the chart. Muddy would not make another appearance on the 200 until Hard Again in 1977.

According to Marshall Chess, the idea behind Fathers and Sons came when Mike Bloomfield was at his house and said that he and Paul Butterfield wanted to do an album with Muddy Waters because they would be in Chicago for a charity concert. Chess then rounded up Donald “Duck” Dunn, Otis Spann, and Sam Lay for the studio sessions.

While many blues purists criticized the Waters “psychedelic” album Electric Mud at the time, Fathers and Sons was received more favorably since it avoided psychedelia, instead showcasing the “classic” Waters sound of the 50’s. In many ways, the album anticipated the later, critically acclaimed Waters blues albums produced by Johnny Winter.

The studio disc of the album was recorded in April 21–23, 1969 at Ter Mar Studios. These sides were engineered by Ron Malo and featured rhythm guitarist Paul Asbell, who did not play on the live songs.

The live songs were recorded on April 24, 1969 at the Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree. These sides were engineered by Reice Hamel. Drummer Buddy Miles played on the second part of “Got My Mojo Working”.

The producer on all sessions was Norman Dayron, who would go on to produce The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions in 1970, among other items.

The cover illustration for Fathers and Sons was created by Don Wilson and was based on Michelangelo’s design on the Sistine Chapel. The original album’s design was by Daily Planet and was packaged in a foldout sleeve.

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Put blues legends Muddy Waters and Otis Spann together in a recording studio with young upstarts such as Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, amongst others, and hope that the magic will flow. On Fathers and Sons it does, and then some. Originally a two-record  displays the love that these musicians shared for the blues and the care they put into getting that feeling down on tape. Standout cuts include “Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had,” “I’m Ready,” and “Standing ‘Round Cryin’,” which Eric Clapton covered in 1994. The live concert is loose and funky with everyone getting in their licks, especially Muddy Waters, who shines throughout. A fine touchstone for anyone looking into Chicago blues and generally good music. (by James Chrispell)

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Paul Asbell (guitar)
Michael Bloomfield (guitar)
Paul Butterfield (harmonica)
Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass)
Sam Lay (drums)
Otis Spann (piano)
Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar)
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Jeff Carp (harmonica on 01.)
Buddy Miles – drums on “Got My Mojo Working, Part 2”
Phil Upchurch (bass on 01.)

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Side A + B:  (in the studio)
01. All Aboard (Morganfield) 2.50
02. Mean Disposition (Morganfield) 5.42
03. Blow Wind Blow (Morganfield) 3.35
04. Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had (Morganfield) 3.03
05. Walkin’ Thru The Park (Morganfield) 3.07
06. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Roth) 3.04
07. Standin’ Round Crying (Morganfield) 4.01
08. I’m Ready (Dixon) 3.33
09. Twenty Four Hours (Boyd) 4.46
10. Sugar Sweet (London) 2.16

Side C + D: ( Live at the Civic Auditorium, Chicago, 1969)
11. Long Distance Call (Morganfield) 6.35
12. Baby, Please Don’t Go (Williams) 3.05
13. Honey Bee (Morganfield) 3.57
14. The Same Thing (Dixon) 6.00
15. Got My Mojo Working, Part 1 (Foster/Morganfield) 3.39
16. Got My Mojo Working, Part 2 (Foster/Morganfield) 5.33

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Muddy Waters – ”Unk” In Funk (1974)

FrontCover1The nine sides on Unk in Funk (1974) are among the last newly recorded material that Muddy Waters (vocals/guitar) would issue during his nearly 30 year association with Chess Records. Backing up the Chicago blues icon is a band he’d carry with him for the remainder of his performing career, including Pinetop Perkins (piano), Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson (guitar), Bob Margolin (guitar), Calvin “Fuzz” Jones (bass), and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (drums). They run through a better than average selection of Waters’ classics with newer compositions more or less tossed in, presumably to keep the track list fresh. Although Waters certainly has nothing to prove, he attacks his old catalog with the drive and command of a man putting it all on the line. That same spirit of quality and authenticity shapes his umpteenth overhaul of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” as Waters’ guitar — the only time he plays on the whole platter — rekindles his singular sounding fretwork. Demonstrating why they were suitable rhythmic foils for Waters, Jones and Smith’s gritty timekeeping perfectly holds down the slinky methodical groove churning beneath the update of “Just Had to Be with You.” This allows the artist a chance to let loose with some inspired vocal improvisations. The bouncy frolic of “Trouble No More” and the vintage Chicago R&B vibe of “Drive My Blues Away” offer the most authentic presentation of Waters then and now. While the newer songs, “Katie” and “Waterboy, Waterboy,” reveal that the ol’ mule still has a bit of kick in him yet. “Electric Man” is one of two cuts by Amelia Cooper (Waters’ granddaughter) and Terry Abrahamson, typifying the style of self-aggrandizing lyrical plodding over generic blues changes that had marred several of the blues legends’ later efforts. All is not lost, however, thanks to some playful interaction between Waters and harp blower Carey Bell Harrington. Cooper and Abrahamson’s other contribution — “Unk in Funk” — shares its credit along with talent agent Ted Kurland. Again, while the sentiment is well-intended, the playing is marginalized with little to no substantive territory gained. (by Lindsay Planer)

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Carey Bell Harrington (harmonica)
Calvin Jones (bass)
Luther Johnson (guitar)
Bob Margolin (guitar)
“Pine Top” Perkins (piano)
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (drums)
Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)
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Paul Oscher (harmonica on 05.)

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01. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Morganfield) 7.30
02. Just To Be With You (Berney/Roth) 3.56
03. Electric Man (Cooper/Abrahmson) 3.10
04. Trouble No More (Morganfield) 2.40
05. Unk In Funk (Cooper/Abrahmson/Kerland) 3.23
06. Drive My Blues Away (Morganfield) 2.49
07. Katie (Morganfield) 3.06
08. Waterboy Waterboy (Morganfield) 4.00
09. Everything Gonna Be Alright (Jacobs) 3.35

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