Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

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Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby 32 20 blues » Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:24 pm

Everyone knows the story: Willie Dixon wrote Hoochie Coochie Man" for Muddy Waters and it became a hit. Chess labelmate Bo Diddley adapted the song's stop time riff and macho lyrics as another hit, I'm a Man. Muddy, who had wanted to record Bo's song himself, reworked it slightky and released a third classic hit he led Mannish Boy.

So the question is which is the better song: Mannish Boy or I'm a man, or I suppose if you think Hoochie Coochie Man beats both of 'em there' a third choice.
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby ricochet » Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:25 pm

Bad to the Bone.

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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby 32 20 blues » Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:29 pm

I suppose that works, too! :)
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby costa » Sun Feb 08, 2004 11:07 pm

If we're comparing stop-time numbers in general, my vote is "I Just Want To Make Love To You." Otherwise, there's no denying the attraction of the call and response on "Mannish Boy.” Whoa Yeah!

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Postby bluesmouse » Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:57 pm

The 'Mannish Boy' with Johnny Winter- that really rocks!
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby jellyroll baker » Tue Feb 10, 2004 1:45 am

Here's the test.

Go out on the town. Have a good night, meet a nice girl. Take her home, where you've very carefully placed Hard Again on the CD player. Press play.

And that's why Mannish Boy wins.
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Postby ricochet » Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:49 am

BTW, I WAS joking about "Bad to the Bone."
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby the lips » Sun May 30, 2004 7:04 pm

Don't hurt me don't hurt me child! Mannish boy has to win, mostly because i haven't heard I'm a Man, but I'm certain Mannish Boy's better anyway. Everything's gonna be alright this morning Oh yeah!
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Postby barbequebob » Sun May 30, 2004 7:51 pm

>The 'Mannish Boy' with Johnny Winter- that really rocks!

What Johnny plays is actually close to what Pat Hare played on the original studio version of the Muddy recording that featured Junior Wells on harp.

Anway, Muddy's "Mannish Boy," is clearly much more macho than Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man," IMNSHO, and every time I've ever played it on a gig, crowds just come alive and get crazy.
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Postby rhapsodie » Mon Jul 05, 2004 11:13 pm

I love Mannish Boy. But, there are a few tabs out there which are different. I play Acoustic solo. What do you play as the main backing rif?
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby madmax55 » Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:51 am

I'll have to say Mannish Boy. I love the echo-like sound to the recording, and love Little Walter's harp too.
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby barbequebob » Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:57 pm

BTW, the harp player in Muddy's original studio recording of Mannish
Boy wasn't Little Walter at all. It was actually Junior Wells.
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby madmax55 » Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:31 am

Oops. On the CD I have with "Mannish Boy" on it, it has all the musician credits and says: Harmonica: Little Walter OR Junior Wells. I just assumed it was Walter. I stand corrected.
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RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

Postby allanlummox » Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:16 pm

Obviously, Muddy and Bo singing together on "Superblues" is the best version.
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Postby the lips » Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:43 pm

>Obviously, Muddy and Bo singing together on "Superblues" is
>the best version.

That happened!? I must find a copy of this mystical musicianary, post-haste!
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