Hard Again (studio album) by Muddy Waters

Hard Again by Muddy Waters
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 4,336th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 113 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1977 (64th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (767th)
Award Best albums of all time (4,336th)
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Muddy Waters bestography

Hard Again is ranked 4th best out of 34 albums by Muddy Waters on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Muddy Waters is Folk Singer which is ranked number 2380 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 668.

Muddy Waters album bestography « Higher ranked (3,093rd) This album (4,336th) Lower ranked (5,654th) »
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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.3/100, a mean average of 77.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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90/100
From 09/08/2021 16:38
just another drop in the history of Delta blues legend
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From 06/17/2016 11:06
A comeback album for Muddy Waters. Hard again, is an enjoyable blues LP recorded with the likes of Johnny Winter. It's great that it manages to keep a raw edge to it so it doesn't sound to slick. Mannish boy, is obviously the standout but there are plenty of other great tracks on offer. Enjoyable.
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From 05/06/2015 07:40
This was a very solid comeback album for Muddy Waters. He's backed here by a bunch of blues legends: Johnny Winter on guitar, James Cotton on harmonica, and Pinetop Perkins on piano, among others.
For many people, "Mannish Boy" was their introduction to the blues. It was definitely one of first blues songs I heard. Willie Dixon wrote the song, but Muddy's version was the best. He recorded the song several times, and this is a very good version. I believe Muddy had also previously recorded "I Can't Be Satisfied", but this version is outstanding. I really like "Crosseyed Cat" and "Bus Driver" as well.
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From 01/01/2012 18:24
A legend at work. Mannish Boy is a Willie Dixon song but Waters steals it here for all time. The Blues Had a Baby is big fun as is Little Girl. This is a legend refusing to act his age. The true centerpiece, then, might be I Can't be Satisfied. Waters digs deep into his chest to sing that chorus. It sticks in your mind forever, easily on par with other timeless readings of that same sentiment by the Stones and the Replacements.
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From 11/03/2010 15:41
This album (PZ 34449) was a really big album(for a blues album)in 1977..it came out of nowhere and remained a big catalogue album for Columbia who distributed it.
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From 06/02/2010 11:42
"Mannish Boy" is the song that made me fall in love with the blues. The first 30 seconds as they're warming up and then Johnny Winter yelling in the background all throughout the song as he's trying to goad Muddy on ... it sounds like they KNEW they were onto something hot and everyone was working on all cylinders. Fantastic song and a great album.
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