Album #29 – At Newport 1960

Album #29

WOW!!! This album was great from start to finish!! It made me want to go back in time just to be in the audience for that special performance. Muddy Waters is in fine form here. THIS is blues in all of its glory. The songs are good, the playing is good and the crowd loves all of it. I love the fact that many of Newport’s performances were captured on film and record in the 60’s. Everybody who was anybody played the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival in the 1960’s. Both festivals continue to this day and serve as a showcase to the best jazz, blues and folk artists out there. This album was so good, I did not want in to end. Hopefully, a full-length version of Waters’  Newport performance will be released on CD soon. This performance was the template for blues music to come. Highlights include: I’m A Hoochie Coochie Man, Baby, Please Don’t Go, I Feel So Good (which probably serves as inspiration for Burton Cummings’ piano parts in The Guess Who’s 1970’s classic Albert Flasher) and Got My Mojo Workin’ Parts 1 and 2 (which reminded me of a church service where a great, powerful song gets repeated a second time because the audience enjoyed it so much). Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5. One of THE BEST live albums of ALL TIME!!!

Next: Sunday at the Village Vanguard by Bill Evans

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