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Muddy Waters: The London Muddy Waters Sessions [Chess, 1972]
Howlin' Wolf had the Rolling Stones for his London session, so how come Muddy only got Rory Gallagher, Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, and Mitch Mitchell for his? Maybe because this one was a money gig from the git-go. Anyway, only Gallagher--the sole committed blues player of the four--is exceptional, and Muddy sounds like the aging pro he is. One exception is "Blind Man Blues," with nice backup from Rosetta Hightower. The other is "Walkin' Blues," featuring nobody but Muddy and Sam Lawhorn, who is from Chicago. B