27 Sep Two upcoming official reissues from Chess and Capitol!
* Out on September 30th 2022 *
Muddy Waters – The London Sessions (Limited gatefold edition on 180-gram virgin vinyl)
The album features Waters on slide and acoustic guitar, backed by Sammy Lawhorn and Rory Gallagher on guitar, Carey Bell Harrington on harmonica, Rick Grech on bass, Georgie Fame (credited as “George Fortune”) and Steve Winwood on piano and organ, Mitch Mitchell from Jimi Hendrix Experience and Herbie Lovelle on drums and Rosetta Hightower on vocals, Ernie Royal and Joe Newman on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone and Seldon Powell on tenor saxophone.
The London Muddy Waters Sessions won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording; it marked the second of six times that Muddy Waters would win that award.
Bobby Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe (Limited edition on 180-gram virgin vinyl)
Released as Gentry’s first single, this song topped the US chart for four weeks in 1967, knocking The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” out of the top spot. The Ode To Billy Joe album would also top the chart, displacing The Beatles Sgt Pepper after its 15-week run at #1. Gentry won the Best New Artist Grammy the year this was released. The song also won the awards for Best Vocal Performance, Female; Best Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist Or Instrumentalist; and Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance.
The song that name the album, tells the story of the fictional Billie Joe McAllister, who kills himself by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge. There really is a Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi, but Gentry made up the story with the intention to expose the underlying unconscious lack of empathy from the family.