July 3: Muddy Waters At Newport was released in 1960

muddy waters at newport 1960

 

July 3: Muddy Waters At Newport was released in 1960

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.
~Cub Koda (allmusic.com)

A stomping live document of the period when Waters’ Chicago blues started reaching a wider pop audience. Newport has his classics – “Hoochie Coochie Man,” a torrid “Got My Mojo Working” – delivered by a tough, tight band anchored by harp genius James Cotton.
~rollingstone.com

Got My Mojo Working (part 1 & 2)

Wikipedia:

Released November 15, 1960 (US)
Recorded July 3, 1960
Genre Chicago blues
Length 32:38
Label MCA/Chess
Producer Leonard Chess

At Newport 1960 is a live album by Muddy Waters performed at Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island with his backing band, consisting of Otis Spann (piano, vocals), Pat Hare (guitar), James Cotton (harmonica), Andrew Stevens (bass) and Francis Clay(drums), in July 3. Water’s performances across Europe in the 50s and at Newport helped popularize blues to broader audience, especially to whites. The album is often said to be one of the first blues live albums.

muddy waters at newport 1960 back

The album was released in the US on November 15 that year, featuring eight songs, from “I Got My Brand On You” to “Goodbye Newport Blues”. In 2001, record label Chess released a remastered version, which includes three bonus tracks recorded in Chicago in June. Although At Newport 1960 never charted, it received critical acclaim and was influential for future bands. It was ranked on several music lists, including at number 348 on Rolling Stones “The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time” in 2003.

Hoochie Coochie Man:

Track listing:

Original vinyl release in 1960
  1. “I Got My Brand On You” (Dixon) – 4:24
  2. “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” (Dixon) – 2:50
  3. “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Morganfield) – 2:52
  4. “Soon Forgotten” (Oden) – 4:08
  5. “Tiger In Your Tank” (Dixon) – 4:12
  6. “I Feel So Good” (Broonzy) – 2:48
  7. “Got My Mojo Working” (Foster) – 4:08
  8. “Got My Mojo Working, Pt. 2” (Foster) – 2:38
  9. “Goodbye Newport Blues” (Hughes, Morganfield) – 4:38
Remastered version in 2001
  1. “I Got My Brand On You” (Dixon) – 4:24
  2. “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” (Dixon) – 2:50
  3. “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Morganfield) – 2:52
  4. “Soon Forgotten” (Oden) – 4:08
  5. “Tiger In Your Tank” (Dixon) – 4:12
  6. “I Feel So Good” (Broonzy) – 2:48
  7. “Got My Mojo Working” (Foster) – 4:08
  8. “Got My Mojo Working, Pt. 2” (Foster) – 2:38
  9. “Goodbye Newport Blues” (Hughes, Morganfield) – 4:38
  10. “I Got My Brand On You” (Dixon) – 2:22
  11. “Soon Forgotten” (Oden) – 2:41
  12. “Tiger In Your Tank” (Dixon) – 2:17
  13. “Meanest Woman” (Morganfield) – 2:18

muddy waters at newport 1960 live

Personnel:

  • Muddy Waters – Guitar, vocals
  • Otis Spann – Piano, vocals
  • Pat Hare – Guitar
  • James Cotton – Harmonica
  • Andrew Stephens – Bass
  • Francis Clay – Drums
  • Jack Tracy – Liner Notes
  • Burt Goldblatt – Photography

Spotify (remastered version):

-Egil