Three Concerts by Blues Legend Muddy Waters Including the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival

Los Angeles (California), USA /PRNewswire/ – Reelin’ In The Years Productions
and Hip-O Records have announced the May 23, 2006 release of

Muddy Waters Classic Concerts
on DVD. Featuring
three concerts (including the legendary 1960 Newport Jazz Festival) and spanning
seventeen years, the DVD includes 23 songs for almost two hours of performances
by Muddy Waters, the undisputed king of the blues. In 2003, Reelin’ In The Years
Productions began releasing the The American Folk Blues
Festival 1962 – 1969
DVD series, widely considered the greatest blues DVDs of
all time.

Muddy Waters Classic Concerts
continues in that fine tradition,
featuring truly amazing performances with great sound and video.

“Muddy Waters Classic Concerts” opens with Muddy’s performance at the legendary
1960 Newport Jazz Festival, the concert that spawned Muddy Waters at Newport,
one of the greatest live albums of all time. Now available for the first time
featuring pristine stereo sound synched up from that classic album, the five
songs in the nearly half-hour set are the finest example of Muddy Waters’
greatness ever to be captured on film and include the definitive versions of
“Got My Mojo Working,” “Rollin’ Stone” and “Mean Mistreater”.

The second classic concert is a rare, previously unseen, complete set from the
1968 Copenhagen Jazz Festival featuring Muddy’s amazing late-sixties band
including blues great Otis Spann on piano. This show, buried in the Danish
vaults for 37 years, is one of the few complete Muddy Waters concerts to be
captured on film from the 1960s. The entire band plays with both fire and
finesse on blistering versions of “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Long
Distance call” and “Tiger In Your Tank” plus five more songs.

The third concert on the DVD is a complete set from the 1977 Molde Jazz Festival
in Norway. Filmed 35 years after his first recordings, Muddy and his top-notch
band tear through such classics as “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Can’t Get No Grindin’,”
“Prison-Bound Blues” and four more songs.

In addition to the three concerts, the DVD also includes a host of bonus
features. From the Victoria Theatre in London is a performance of “The Blues Had
A Baby And They Named It Rock & Roll” shot in 1977. Also included are two filmed
interviews from “Old Grey Whistle Test” (1972) and the Molde Jazz Festival
(1977). The 16-page booklet includes a foreword by Bill Wyman of The Rolling
Stones, and an insightful 5,000-word essay by Bob Margolin, Muddy’s
lead-guitarist from 1973 to 1980. To commemorate this important release,
Universal Music Group International will be releasing a special limited edition
of the DVD including a reproduction of an original Muddy Waters concert poster
from the 1950s.

Reelin’ In The Years Productions is the largest music footage library in the
world, housing over 10,000 hours of performances from all genres of music
covering the last 50 years. Most of the footage in their library has never been
seen or heard by the world at large.

Reelin’ In The Years Productions’ “The
American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969” three volume DVD series has received
critical acclaim, commercial success and numerous industry awards. “Volume One”
was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the category of “Best Long Form Music Video”
and “Volume One” and “Two” received The Blues Foundation’s prestigious 2004
Keeping The Blues Alive (KBA) Award as well as Honorable Mention in Mojo
Magazine’s Honors List for best DVD of 2003.

Other DVD releases include

Gaye — The Real Thing In Performance 1964 – 1981
and the legendary concert

Soul to Soul
. Current DVD projects include “The Temptations — Get Ready
The Definitive Performances 1965 – 1972
” and the first nine DVDs in the “Jazz
Icons” series featuring classic concerts from the ’50s and ’60s from jazz
legends including Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Ella

In addition, Reelin’ In The Years Productions has provided footage
for numerous DVDs including the platinum-selling “Led Zeppelin,” “AC/DC —
Family Jewels,” “The Police — Synchronicity Concert,” and “Elvis Costello —
The Right Spectacle — The Videos”. For further information visit


Newport Jazz Festival, USA, July 3, 1960

1. “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”
2. “Tiger In Your Tank”
3. “Rollin’ Stone”
4. “Got My Mojo Working”
5. “Mean Mistreater/ Going To Chicago Blues”

Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark, October 27, 1968

6. “Back At The Chicken Shack”
7. “Train Fare Blues”
8. “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”
9. “Long Distance Call”
10. “Nobody Knows My Trouble”
11. “Cold Cold Feeling”
12. “Got My Mojo Working”
13. “Tiger In Your Tank”

Molde Jazz Festival, Norway, August 1, 1977

14. “Intro/ Evan’s Shuffle”
15. “Prison Bound Blues”
16. “Blow Wind Blow”
17. “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”
18. “Baby Please Don’t Go”
19. “Can’t Get No Grindin'”
20. “You Don’t Have To Go”
21. “Got My Mojo Working”

Bonus Features

22. “The Blues Had A Baby & They Named It Rock And Roll –
Victoria Theatre, London, July 9, 1977″
23. “Interview — Old Grey Whistle Test, January 1, 1972”
24. “Interview — Molde Jazz Festival, August 1, 1977”

Other DVDs of interest:

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1

The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969, Vol. 3

Author: World Music Central News Department

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