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Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:24 pm
by 32 20 blues
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.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:25 pm
by ricochet
Bad to the Bone.

;)

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:29 pm
by 32 20 blues
I suppose that works, too! :)

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2004 11:07 pm
by costa
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!

Costa

Yes, Mr. Sheriff, and that's your wife on the back of my horse.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2004 4:57 pm
by bluesmouse
The 'Mannish Boy' with Johnny Winter- that really rocks!

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2004 1:45 am
by jellyroll baker
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.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:49 am
by ricochet
BTW, I WAS joking about "Bad to the Bone."

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 7:04 pm
by the lips
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!

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 7:51 pm
by barbequebob
>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.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 11:13 pm
by rhapsodie
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?

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:51 am
by madmax55
I'll have to say Mannish Boy. I love the echo-like sound to the recording, and love Little Walter's harp too.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:57 pm
by barbequebob
BTW, the harp player in Muddy's original studio recording of Mannish
Boy wasn't Little Walter at all. It was actually Junior Wells.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:31 am
by madmax55
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.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:16 pm
by allanlummox
Obviously, Muddy and Bo singing together on "Superblues" is the best version.

RE: Mannish Boy vs. I'm A Man

PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:43 pm
by the lips
>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!