Muddy Waters - I'm Ready (Friday Music)
Muddy Waters - I'm Ready (Friday Music)
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Muddy Waters - I'm Ready (Friday Music)
Muddy Waters - I'm Ready (Friday Music)

Muddy Waters - I'm Ready (Friday Music)

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Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar : A2, A3, A4, B2, B4) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Muddy Waters]

Johnny Winter (guitar : A1, A4, B1, B3, B5) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Johnny Winter]

Pinetop Perkins (piano), Bob Margolin (bass), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums), Jimmy Rogers (guitar),  Big Walter Horton (harmonica : A2, A3, B1, B4), Jerry Portnoy (harmonica : A1, A4, B2, B3, B5)

Written by Dixon (A1, B1), C. E. Williams (A2), M. Morganfield (A2, A3, A4, B2, B3, B4), M. Brooks (A4), S. B. Williamson (B5)


1 LP, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Blue Sky

Recorded at Westport, Connecticut on October–November 1977

Mixed by Dave Still, Johnny Winter

Produced by Joe Reagoso

Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Capitol Records

Originally released in January 1978

Reissued in 2014


Tracks :

 Side A :

1. I'm Ready
2. 33 Years
3. Who Do You Trust
4. Copper Brown
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man

Side B :
1. Mamie
2. Rock Me
3. Screamin' and Cryin'
4. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl



1978 Grammy Award for best ethnic or traditional recording


Reviews :

"Judging by the gatefold black and white photo, everyone had a great time making the album. You’ll have as good a time listening. The sound is quite three-dimensional, with a pronounced but pleasant presence region peak that ads a needed rough edge to the proceedings. The stage is relatively compact and very coherent with plenty of old fashioned mike leakage that helps to create a “live” sound in an era of isolation booth multi-track mono productions. Producer Winter and engineer Still knew the sound they were going for and they got it!" Michael Fremer

« For the middle album of his Johnny Winter-produced, late-'70s musical trilogy, blues giant Muddy Waters brought a new spirit to some familiar material. Starting with members of Waters' touring band -- pianist Pinetop Perkins, bassist Bob Margolin, and drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith -- Winter added underrated guitarist (and longtime Waters foil) Jimmy Rogers and extraordinary harp player Big Walter Horton to the mix. The songs recorded for I'm Ready offer a mix of new material and vintage hit singles like the title cut, the mid-'60s jewel "Screamin' and Cryin'," or the Willie Dixon-penned "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man." Waters and band provide these well-worn gems with a little new studio polish, but it is with the newer songs that the performers really shine. On the powerful "33 Years," Waters punctuates his tale of lost love with snaky slide guitar, assisted by Horton's wailing electric harp. "Who Do You Trust" features some of Waters' dirtiest vocals, the bluesman growling the lyrics while Winter layers his twangy slide above Horton's harp and Perkins' mournful ivories. "Rock Me" is old-school blues, Waters revisiting this classic cut for the umpteenth time as Rogers and Horton support his vocals with smoky guitar and guest player Jerry Portnoy adds some subtle but assertive electric harp to the affair. I'm Ready closes with the Sonny Boy Williamson chestnut "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," the high-spirited Waters sounding in good form as Portnoy's harp flails away in the background. Although nearing the end of his career, Waters experienced a well-deserved artistic and commercial resurgence thanks to the three albums recorded with Winter for Blue Sky. Hard Again, I'm Ready, and King Bee all bring a harder edge to Waters' classic performances, with Winter's production heavy on the guitar and lighter on the brassy Chicago blues sound unfamiliar to the rock-oriented target audience. For new listeners trying to get a feel of what the blues is all about, I'm Ready and its bookends are the albums to start with. Once you experience a taste of Muddy Waters, you'll be ready for more. » AllMusic Review by Rev. Keith A. Gordon



Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5  ; Discogs : 4.26 

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