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Muddy Waters: at Newport 1960 

Muddy Waters at Newport

Track list:

01. I Got My Brand on You
02. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
03. Baby Please Don’t Go
04. Soon Forgotten
05. Tiger in Your Tank
06. I Feel So Good
07. I’ve Got My Mojo Working
08. I’ve Got My Mojo Working, Part 2
09. Goodbye Newport Blues

Personnel:

Muddy Waters – guitar, vocals;
Otis Spann – piano, vocals;
Pat Hare – guitar;
James Cotton – harmonica;
Andrew Stephens – bass;
Francis Clay – drums;

Recorded: live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island; July 3, 1960
Released: Nov 15, 1960 (US)
Label: Chess / MCA
CH 1449
CD CHESS 1011

Producer: Leonard Chess

Liner Notes – Jack Tracy
Photography – Burt Goldblatt

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The album cover depicts Muddy Waters at the Newport Jazz Festival holding a semi-acoustic guitar.

When photographer Burt Goldblatt asked Waters to pose for the cover he left his Fender Telecaster, which he played during the concert, on the stage and instead took friend John Lee Hooker’s semi-acoustic guitar

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The MCA 2001 Re-mastered release includes mono studio tracks recorded in Chicago, June, 1960:
10. I Got My Brand On You
11. Soon Forgotten
12. Tiger In Your Tank
13. Meanest Woman
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For many back in the early ’60s, this was their first exposure to live recorded blues, and it’s still pretty damn impressive some 40-plus years down the line.

Muddy, with a band featuring Otis Spann, James Cotton, and guitarist Pat Hare, lays it down tough and cool with a set that 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.

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.”

A great breakthrough moment in blues history, where the jazz audience opened its ears and embraced Chicago blues.

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