Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) will always be known as one of the founding fathers of modern day blues. His legendary style of playing guitar, his unique vocal prowess and of course his stellar list of classic Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues tunes have all gone on to influence generations upon generations of rock and blues performers worldwide. With 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 is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chess Records arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so pleased to revisit his legendary masterpiece "Muddy Waters At Newport 1960."
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for a very limited time on audiophile vinyl from the original Chess stereophonic tapes, "Muddy Waters At Newport 1960" will truly become one of the most important and historical blues titles to be revisited in quite some time.
To further celebrate this first time authorized stereophonic audiophile vinyl LP, we enhance 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.
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