Mount Bluesmore poll: Muddy Waters VS Howlin' Wolf VS Sonny Boy Williamson

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Poll Results

Howlin' Wolf 8
Muddy Waters 5
Sonny Boy Williamson II 3

gospodin simmel, Friday, 19 November 2010 17:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Inspired by Christgau's review of Elmore James's Sky Is Crying

"Robert Palmer (the important one, I mean) raided the vaults of eight mostly deceased labels to assemble this compiler's tour de force, designed to prove that his man belongs on Mount Bluesmore with Muddy, Wolf, and Sonny Boy II."

gospodin simmel, Friday, 19 November 2010 17:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

i love them all, but im going with Muddy.

Mark Chmuras Hot Tub Crime Machine (chrisv2010), Friday, 19 November 2010 17:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Muddy, but only 'cuz it gets me Little Walter, too

KC & the sunshine banned (outdoor_miner), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:33 (seven years ago) Permalink


Jazzbo, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like sonny boy a lot but this is impossible. btw is there anyone else whose birth dates are disputed in this wide-ranging a timespan??

Year of birth

Born as Aleck Ford on the Sara Jones Plantation in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, his date and year of birth are a matter of uncertainty. He claimed to have been born on December 5, 1899, but one researcher, David Evans, claims to have found census record evidence that he was born around 1912. His gravestone lists his date of birth as March 11, 1908.

omar little, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sonny Boy is amazing. The voice, the lyrics, the harmonica, the general evil badass mood.

On the other hand, Wolf's second album is a monster

Look at this thing

Side one

1. "Shake for Me" – 2:12
2. "The Red Rooster" – 2:22
3. "You'll Be Mine" – 2:25
4. "Who's Been Talkin'"(Howlin' Wolf) – 2:18
5. "Wang Dang Doodle" – 2:18
6. "Little Baby" – 2:45

Side two

1. "Spoonful" – 2:42
2. "Going Down Slow"(St. Louis Jimmy Oden) – 3:18
3. "Down in the Bottom" – 2:05
4. "Back Door Man" – 2:45
5. "Howlin' for My Baby" – 2:28
6. "Tell Me"(Howlin' Wolf) – 2:52

Mostly written by Dixon of course

gospodin simmel, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

First blues album I ever bought. Killer.

Jazzbo, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

howlin' wolf -- no diss to the other guys, but Wolf is my fave.

tylerw, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wolf hits me on a more visceral level than Muddy, but they're both unimpeachable, obv.

BTW, I thought I had seen Muddy vs. Wolf recently...

Muddy Waters vs Howlin' Wolf

Blastfemur (Dan Peterson), Friday, 19 November 2010 20:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was aware of that poll, but wanted to throw Sonny Boy in and encourage some blues discussion around here

gospodin simmel, Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 00:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

people, people, The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson is the best thing to happen since Star Time!!

gospodin simmel, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 00:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 1 December 2010 00:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

how can you not love that voice (Howlin' Wolf). so earthy, so friendly, so...awesome.

she rub A LINK in your poke (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 May 2011 17:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

My God, Sonny Boy is so awesome.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 5 June 2011 20:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Sonny Boy Williamson vs Sonny Boy Williamson II

calzino, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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