With retail bins overflowing with releases directly and indirectly associated with the Martin Scorsese-produced "The Blues" series of films on PBS, some attention should be reserved for this fall's ot

With retail bins overflowing with releases directly and indirectly associated with the Martin Scorsese-produced "The Blues" series of films on PBS, some attention should be reserved for this fall's other attendant blues discs. And this deluxe double-disc set—another in Sony's new Legacy Edition of expanded reissues, along with titles by Jeff Buckley and the Byrds—is special. It showcases Muddy Waters—Delta blues original-cum-Chicago electric hero—in his final late-period glory, recorded live in 1978 with a crack, cross-generational band. Waters roars to rival his younger self on the virile opener "Mannish Boy," and many other thrilling numbers and entertaining asides follow, including a tribute to the recently deceased T-Bone Walker. The original seven tracks from the LP have been expanded to 18 for the reissue, and the annotation, packaging and sound are exemplary.—BB