180 Gram Vinyl Record
180-gram limited edition gatefold LP
Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Chess Records stereophonic tapes
Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) will always be known as one of the founding fathers of modern day blues. His legendary style of playing guitar, his unique vocal prowess and of course his stellar list of classic Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues tunes have all gone on to influence generations upon generations of rock and blues performers worldwide.
Great musical events are often born of both positive and negative energies clashing with one another. And so it was at the Newport Festival in 1960, which had already been rocked by violent tumults even before it started. The allures of commerce raised its ugly head; the Mingus Band wanted their share and named a fee that the organizers were not willing to fulfill. The echo came quickly: Charles Mingus and Max Roach organized their own festival in the near-by Cliff Walk Manor Hotel, and the "Newport Rebels" were born. Tempers escalated during the Saturday night concert and commotion broke out when masses of drunken teenagers got into a fight with the security personnel. Newport was on the brink of disaster.
In the midst of this explosive atmosphere, and standing on the (quite literally) rotten planks of the festival stage, Muddy Waters performed songs which captured his audience's ears and heart, and called attention to his unique Chicago blues. For many white people, this night was the very first time that they had heard and saw a live performance by a black band. Numbers such as "I Got My Brand On You," "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Tiger In Your Tank" are just as legendary as the members of the band, first and foremost James Cotton with his harp and Otis Spann on the piano.
|I Got My Brand On You|
|I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man|
|Baby, Please Don’t Go|
|Tiger In Your Tank|
|I Feel So Good|
|Got My Mojo Working|
|Got My Mojo Working, Part 2|
|Goodbye Newport Blues|