“Muddy Waters At Newport 1960” by Muddy Waters - album review

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TJR says

“We’re the hoochie-coochie boys, the whole United States knows we’re here” proclaimed the bold Muddy within minutes of taking the stage. Hello Newport! The hoochie-coochie boys were: half-brother Otis Spann (piano, vocals), Pat Hare (guitar), James Cotton (harmonica), Andrew Stevens (bass) and Francis Clay (drums). The Chicago Blues were gate crashing the famous annual Jazz festival. By all accounts they were very well received and won over many new fans in the U.S. mainstream. By the sounds of it “Got My Mojo Workin” in particular seems to have got them going wild – so much so they played it twice. Some terrific piano play from Otis Spann on this one. The final piece doesn’t feature Muddy himself – the band were onstage without him and it was Otis who took the lead vocals for “Goodbye Newport Blues”. The festival had been marred the night before with an altercation between youth and authority and the future of the event was in grave danger. Poet Langston Hughes wrote an impromptu lyric, and he brought his farewell song to the Muddy Waters band onstage, announcing their likewise impromptu musical performance of the piece himself, before pianist Otis Spann took on the lead vocal. Such engagement summed up the spirit of the event. All in all, this turned out to be a very important days’ work from these major ambassadors for the blues. Hi5 Otis! Go Muddy Go!

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [04:24] 6.6.png Muddy Waters - I Got My Brand On You [live ’60] (Willie Dixon) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [02:50] 7.5.png Muddy Waters - I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man [live ’60] (Willie Dixon) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A3 [02:52] 6.5.png Muddy Waters - Baby, Please Don’t Go [live ’60] (McKinley Morganfield) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [04:08] 6.2.png Muddy Waters - Soon Forgotten [live ’60] (James Oden) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [04:12] 6.0.png Muddy Waters - Tiger In Your Tank [live ’60] (Willie Dixon) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [02:48] 6.4.png Muddy Waters - I Feel So Good [live ’60] (William Broonzy) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [04:08] 7.0.png Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working [live ’60] (Preston Foster) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:38] 7.1.png Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working [live ’60 pt.2] (Preston Foster) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [04:38] 5.9.png Muddy Waters - Goodbye Newport Blues [live ’60] (Langston Hughes, McKinley Morganfield) Blues / Rhythm n Blues

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