Personnel Muddy Waters (voc,g); Otis Spann (p); Michael Bloomfield, Paul Asbell (g); Paul Butterfield, Jeff Carp (harm); Phil Upchurch, Donald “Duck” Dunn (b); Buddy Miles, Sam Lay (dr)
Tracks All Aboard; Mean Disposition; Blow Wind Blow; Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had; Walkin Thru The Park; Forty Days And Forty Nights; Standin ‘Round Crying; I’m Ready; Twenty Four Hours; Sugar Sweet; Long Distance Call; Baby Please Don’t Go; Honey Bee; The Same Thing; Got My Mojo Working Pts. 1 and 2
On the cover is Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Man”, where God reaches out his hand: the intentions of the makers of Fathers And Sons could hardly be more illustrative. The enigmatic message of this album is clearly that these prodigal sons, these one-time gods of the Chicago blues, are to be given a helping hand to their come-back. And this was sorely needed, for although the Chess label had achieved good sales figures one year previously with the LP Electric Mud, they didn’t really produce a convincing blues session. In order not to land once again in the pseudo-psychedelic outback with distorted electronic sound and wah-wah effects, the two legendary artists Muddy Waters and Otis Spann were joined by the three musicians who made up the Butterfield Blues Band. With this artistic core of fathers and sons and a few choice side musicians, the resulting blues recording rolled along without a hitch. A whole set of pieces were set down, enough to fill an LP, and a 30-minute live session adds further lustre to the excellent studio recordings. The characteristic crisp and raw Waters studio sound is followed by a charismatic stage show which bubbles and boils with a red-hot blues atmosphere.