- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Rolling Stone - p.955 stars out of 5
- "I'M READY reunited Waters with Jimmy Rogers...the chemistry between the two freed everyone to swing more."
Down Beat - p.683.5 stars out of 5
- "Waters sings and plays slide guitar with complete mastery of pitch gradations..."
Dirty Linen - p.59
"[T]he best track is 'Rock Me' with Waters and Rogers exchanging lead parts and clearly having a ball."
- 1.I'm Ready
- 2.33 Years
- 3.Who Do You Trust
- 4.Copper Brown
- 5.I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
- 7.Rock Me
- 8.Screamin' And Cryin'
- 9.Good Morning Little School Girl
- 10.No Escape From The Blues
- 11.That's Alright
- 12.Lonely Man Blues
Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Jimmy Rogers, Johnny Winter (guitar, slide guitar); Walter Horton, Jerry Portnoy (acoustic & electric harp); Pine Top Perkins (piano); Bob Margolin (bass); Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums).
Also available in a 3-pack with HARD AGAIN and KING BEE.
Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Johnny Winter (guitar, slide guitar); Jimmy Rogers (guitar); Jerry Portnoy, Big Walter Horton (harp); Pinetop Perkins (piano); Bob Margolin (bass guitar); Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bob Margolin.
Muddy Waters brought the Mississippi Delta blues sound to Chicago, electrified it (literally and figuratively), and made history. There is not a blues performer, or blues-oriented rock performer (the Rolling Stones got their name from a Waters tune), or "roots"-oriented performer in any genre who does not own something to Muddy Waters. In the late '70s, Waters' fire had not only not dimmed with time; it was burning hotter than ever, and he KNEW that he ruled the world. The man sang with passion, yet had the easy confidence of a person who knew his racket backwards and forwards. Here, he's backed by some young guns, Johnny Winter and Bob Margolin; as well as older (but still firm) hands, Walter Horton and Jimmy Rogers. The program holds few surprises--it's mostly blues standards, making clear that it's not what you say, but how you say it. No new ground is broken--I'M READY gets its fire from a big, craggy yet good-hearted voice that can stop you in your tracks, surrounded by players whose hot sound can cut through you like an icy wind. Recommended to old fans and neophytes alike.