Muddy Waters - Classic Concerts

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Muddy Waters - Classic Concerts

Postby blueswriter » Sun Jan 28, 2007 1:22 am

Classic Concerts
Hip-O/Universal (2006) 5842


DVD, Color & B&W, aprroximately 120 minutes - essential. Although there are more than a few digital video discs devoted to Muddy Waters, few capture the Chicago Blues kingpin as well as the Classic Concerts set, spanning three shows, three different backing units, and eighteen years. While many may have seen (and own) the previously available footage from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960, three tracks have now been matched up flawlessly with the stereo recordings in the Chess catalog, which, in itself makes this worth purchasing, and the all-star gathering for Mean Mistreater/Goin' To Chicago Blues with Sam Price, Jimmy Rushing, Betty Jeanette and others makes for icing on the cake. If there's one small gripe to level with Hip-O/Universal it's that the footage of Otis Spann fronting the band for the Newport concert didn't make the cut here - that is oddly resting as bonus footage on their Memphis Slim/Sonny Boy Williamson DVD. From the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Denmark in 1968, Muddy gets stellar backing from Luther "Snake" Johnson, Pee Wee Madison, Spann (the only remaining member who was with Muddy at Newport), Paul Oscher, Sonny Wimberly, and S.P. Leary going through Train Fare Blues, Long Distance Call, Got My Mojo Working, and a far better version of Tiger In Your Tank plus four more - this a complete concert performance. Jump ahead to 1977 for Muddy's appearance at the Molde Jazz Festival in Norway, this time with an entirely different cast consisting of Pinetop Perkins, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Bob Margolin, Jerry Portnoy, Calvin Jones, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith all backing Waters perfectly for Prison Bound Blues, Blow Wind Blow, Baby Please Don't Go, and (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man as well as another four tracks. Bonus footage includes two interviews; one from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972 and another from the Molde Festival in 1977, and Muddy and the band storming through The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock & Roll from London's Victoria Theatre, also in 1977. For those who never had the chance to witness Muddy Waters in action, or for those who wish to remember what his performances were like when they did see him - amazingly he's been gone almost a quarter if a century - the Classic Concerts deliver a stunning two hours packed with riveting blues. Unquestionably essential viewing.

Hip-O Records

© 2007 by Craig Ruskey
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Postby warren » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:34 pm

i've got's won't be disappointed...

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Postby stumblin » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:50 pm

Hey there BW, long time etc...
Great to see you back here on the Road.
I'll be looking out for the Muddy DVD set. Thanks for bringing that to our attention.
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