Saturday, July 3, 2010

Muddy Waters performed at Newport: July 3, 1960

Originally posted October 4, 2010. Last updated September 7, 2018.

At Newport

Muddy Waters

Recorded Live: July 3, 1960

Released: Nov. 15, 1960

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Quotable: “A great breakthrough moment in blues history, where the jazz audience opened its ears and embraced Chicago blues.” – Cub Koda & Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Genre: blues

Album Tracks:

  1. I Got My Brand on You
  2. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man (3/13/54, #3 RB)
  3. Baby Please Don’t Go
  4. Soon Forgotten
  5. Tiger in Your Tank
  6. I Feel So Good
  7. I’ve Got My Mojo Working
  8. I’ve Got My Mojo Working, Pt. 2
  9. Goodbye Newport Blues
Notes: A 2001 CD reissue added “four studio sides cut by the same group a month prior to the concert – none hold a candle to the live material, but they do fill in a few holes in Muddy’s U.S. discography. The new notes by Mary Katherine Aldin also give a much better picture of the background of the show and Muddy’s performance.” AMG

Singles/Hit Songs:

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In 1960, Muddy Waters performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, with pianist/singer Otis Spann, guitarist Pat Hare, harmonica player James Cotton, bassist Andrew Stevens, and drummer Francis Clay. As “one of the earliest recordings of Waters’ electric band, Newport found the former McKinley Morganfield in needle-sharp form with his mojo working overtime.” BL

This was “a great breakthrough moment in blues history.” AMG As “one of the first live blues albums,” WK it “helped popularize blues to a broader audience, especially to whites.” WK It was also significant because “the jazz audience opened its ears and embraced Chicago blues.” AMG

“Kicking off the album with a version of I’ve Got My Brand on You that positively burns the relatively tame (in comparison) studio take, Waters heads full bore through impressive versions of Hoochie Coochie Man, Big Bill Broonzy’s Feel So Good, and Tiger in Your Tank.” AMG This set “literally had ‘em dancing in the aisles by the set closer, a rippling version of Got My Mojo Working, reprised again in a short encore version.” AMG

What’s most significant, perhaps, is that this is “still pretty damn impressive some 40-plus years down the line.” AMG This is “maximum mojo for yo’ moolah.” BL The album is, in a word, “immortal.” VB

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