Muddy Waters: Burying Ground


Burying Ground


Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)


Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection (MCA 088 112 301-2)

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Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals), Big Crawford (bass).

Composed by McKinley Morganfield


Recorded: Chicago, July 1949


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Although Muddy Waters had his own amplified band of four or five (usually including Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica) playing Chicago's South Side clubs from 1947 onward, producer Leonard Chess was reluctant to mess with success, so he kept Muddy recording "Big" bass-ic duets for the next two years (aside from a couple of sop-to-the-guitarist sessions where Muddy was allowed to add Leroy Foster or Jimmy Rogers on second guitar). Alongside "Down South Blues," "Kind Hearted Woman," "Little Geneva" and a dozen more, the most radical duet cut was "Burying Ground" as Waters applied everything in his guit-arsenal, digging in, reaching for that bigger blues band sound forceful picking, his loosened, snarling strings riding roughshod over the bass and battling his own vocals to a draw.

Reviewer: Ed Leimbacher


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