Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3, 1960, this is perhaps the greatest live blues album of all time. In celebration of 60 years since its original release on Chess Records, the album is being presented on 180g audiophile vinyl in a special limited "Chess Records" edition.
A hugely groundbreaking and influential live recording, that set the tone for generations of blues artist afterwards, At Newport 1960 is sometimes considered the first true live blues record. Performed during a tumultuous time at the Newport Jazz Festival, where just the day prior police used teargas and water hoses to control a drunken, riotous crowd, this extraordinary, historic set includes old blues standards as well as new Waters compositions. Despite the somewhat dangerous and unruly atmosphere at the festival, Waters and his electric blues band delivered an exquisite, confident performance.
With almost six decades in the music business, this Mississippi native began his career cutting early sides for defunct labels before landing in Chicago in the early forties, where he began a long climb to the top of the blues world, later cutting a series of hit sessions for Aristocrat which became Chess Records. Phil and Leonard Chess knew they had a kingpin on their hands when Muddy started his endless stream of blues smashes. The label honored the man with his first live album simply titled Muddy Waters At Newport 1960. Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, Muddy drove the crowd into a frenzy with his famous guitar licks and his Delta growl, truly a thrilling presence on the stage.
Featuring an all-star band with the likes of the legendary James Cotton on harp and the masterful Otis Spann on piano, Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 would go on to become one of the most revered albums in modern day Chicago blues history.
Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits "I Got My Brand On You," Muddy continues to rock the crowd through a treasure trove of 8 more blues champions which made this one of the most important live recordings of all time. The album features classic gems like his classics "Got My Mojo Working," "Baby Please Don't Go," and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man." Noted for his stellar guitar work, pretty much introducing his Chicago laden blues style to a whole new generation of guitar players, Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 became truly a primer for a ton of rock and blues guitarists for years like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat and The Rolling Stones. Muddy broke down barriers for millions of music fans worldwide to enjoy rock and blues, making him, along with John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Johnson, one of the first pioneers of the blues and rock genre.
Friday Music are proud to announce another installment in The Muddy Waters / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary masterpiece Muddy Waters At Newport 1960.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the on audiophile vinyl from the Chess stereophonic tapes, Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles to be released in quite some time.
To further celebrate this first time authorized stereophonic audiophile vinyl LP, Friday Music has enhanced this limited edition masterwork with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as a rare inside gatefold photo of the man who helped fuse blues and rock music for millions of music lovers across the globe.
- Limited Edition
- 60th Anniversary Chess Records Edition
- 180g Audiophile Vinyl LP
- Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Chess Stereophonic Tapes
- Gatefold Cover
- I Got My Brand On You
- I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
- Baby, Please Don't Go
- Soon Forgotten
- Tiger In Your Tank
- I Feel So Good
- Got My Mojo Working
- Got My Mojo Working, Part 2
- Goodbye Newport Blues