Muddy Waters – Muddy Waters At Newport (1960)

At Newport 1960 is a live album by Muddy Waters recorded during his performance at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3, 1960. With his longtime backup band, Muddy Waters plays a mix of his older popular tunes and some newer compositions.

Chess Records released the album in the United States in December 1960. In 2001, it issued a remastered version with an additional three tracks recorded in Chicago in June 1960.

At Newport 1960 is sometimes referred to as the first live blues album and has received critical acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine have included it at number 348 on its list of “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.

Track Listing:

“I Got My Brand on You” (Willie Dixon) – 4:24
“I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” (Dixon) – 2:50
“Baby, Please Don’t Go” (McKinley Morganfield) – 2:52
“Soon Forgotten” (James Oden) – 4:08
“Tiger in Your Tank” (Dixon) – 4:12
“I Feel So Good” (Big Bill Broonzy) – 2:48
“Got My Mojo Working” (Preston Foster) – 4:08
“Got My Mojo Working, Part 2” (Foster) – 2:38
“Goodbye Newport Blues” (Langston Hughes, Morganfield) – 4:38

Review: The cover photograph of Muddy Waters holding John Lee Hooker’s guitar gave the impression that he was at a folk festival rather than the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. However, the record revealed the King of Chicago blues at his very best, shouting his music above the discordant wail of a band that included Otis Spann, James Cotton, Pat Hare, and Francis Clay. Film of the event shows a sharply dressed Waters shimmying and jiving around the stage with the energy of a man half his age. Some of that atmosphere is apparent on the record, in a program that includes “Hoochie Coochie Man,” Big Bill Broonzy’s “I Feel So Good,” then-recent singles “I Got My Brand on You” and “Soon Forgotten,” and a massive “Got My Mojo Working.” The set ends in poignant mood with the announcement of the end of the festival and Otis Spann’s improvised “Goodbye Newport Blues.” — Rovi Staff

Schill Score: 8.5/10

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