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At Newport 1960

Muddy Waters

1960

At Newport 1960

Album Summary

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 on November 15, 1960. At Newport 1960 is sometimes referred to as the first live blues album and has received critical acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 348 on its list of "500 Greatest Albums of all Time". Along with the songs on The Best of Muddy Waters (1958), the album was an important influence on the emerging younger white blues scenes in the U.S. and U.K.

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3.6

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6101

Genres

  • Blues
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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

I prefer the Muddy Waters

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

now this is blues. clapton can fuck off.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Live albums that end with "At Newport" are guaranteed to be an artist's best. Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and now Muddy Waters. Waters is obviously a mainstay of blues, and I'd say there isn't nearly enough blues on this list, but I'm glad they chose this one. Blues is a pretty simple genre, so you need to bring as much personality in order to make it shine. Waters had personality in spades. He has full command over the audience, with his naturally compelling voice and excellent guitar skills. The whole set is great, but "Got My Mojo Working" is the clear highlight, followed by part 2 and then the excellent closer "Goodbye Newport Blues". This one is a bonafide classic.

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Mon Nov 16 2020
5

This album is credited with introducing Chicago-style blues to a white audience and influencing the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Angus Young, and more. Its footprint is so massive that it can't be overstated, and it's easy to see why. Waters starts with some blues standards and slowly turns up the heat until the crowd is going nuts. He plays his penultimate song twice, reportedly exhausting himself to the point that Otis Spann had to sing the final number. It's an expert balance of frenetic energy and casual blues musicianship. Just incredible. Best track: I've Got My Mojo Working - Pt. 2

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

This album is the culmination and the reason music exists. It’s so raw and pure. We all owe much credit to Muddy Waters and his contemporaries for this earliest version of rock and roll.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Brilliant, despite it being a series of fairly straight blues performances this sounds fantastic. Blues being so formulaic at times, often it's a case of not what one plays, but how one does it; and Waters oozes charisma. Big boy music, played with authority and panache. Makes a lot of what we listen to sound quite juvenile, don't it?

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

A rip roaring album that showcases how damn good Muddy Waters was. It’s got grit, it’s got amazing solos hell it even boogies and I don’t know what else you’d want from a blues album.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

As a guitarist who discovered the blues early on, I recognize this album;s role in bringing the blues to a wider US and UK audience in the early '60s. Muddy Water's influence on artists such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and countless others cannot be overstated. His was the definitive statement of the Chicago Blues (by way of Mississippi). His music is buoyant, joyous, and super accessible.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Fun fast and influential Blues delivered with plenty of mojo. Stellar drums guitar and harp throughout. Got my brand in you, I feel so good, got my mojo working

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Love to see Muddy Waters on the list, a true blues legend. Very obviously the progenitor of the blues-rock style that launched copycat acts like the Stones, Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin to their early success. To quote Chance the Rapper: "I got the Chicago blues. We invented rock before the Stones got through." The "we" in that lyric refers to Muddy Waters. I'm not too bothered by this being a live album, considering that a lot of Muddy's best work preceded the album format entirely. I do wish we had certain hits on here like "Rolling Stone" and "Mannish Boy," but these are still great selections. He's got such a fantastic voice for this kind of music, and all the musicians kill it, especially the harmonica, shout out to James Cotton. Really dug this one. Favorite tracks: I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Meanest Woman, Soon Forgotten, Goodbye Newport Blues. Album art: A simple picture of Muddy Waters, likely taken at the show. It's a great shot though, great color contrast. You can tell he means business. 4/5

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Loved this collection of classic blues performed live. I was personally surprised at how good the recording was for it being from 1960. Stellar guitar, great harmonica, the twiddling of a piano, Muddy's distinctive howl, it all works wonderfully.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Classic blues. Fun voice and sound effects.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

When I get blues albums on this list, I always find that I tend to enjoy them, despite the fact that I don't think of myself as much of a blues guy. This sounds like it would have been a really fun concert, and reading about the historical context was interesting as well 4/5

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

The album that inspired a generation of white British musicians to sound like poor versions of this album.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
2

blues.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

This may be more a criticism of early blues (or blues in general), but a lot of these tunes sound so similar. I know that's just me being uneducated and unfamiliar with the nuance of solos and lyrical stylings, but I can't quite get into it.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Blues classic from a real OG

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Sun May 30 2021
5

Like he wrote the twelve bar structure himself. So good

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

I really liked it. Added to my favorites.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

Great lives blues album. Interesting backstory behind how this one eventually ended up happening. Need to listn to more blues after this one. John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf are next on my list.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Cool!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Класс

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Submerge me in a big hot bath of Muddy Waters. I drink up this music. Bloody love it.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Classic blues. What's not to like

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

Absolute blues masterpieces performed in an incredible atmosphere 4.6

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

great

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

A jazz és blues ősatyja, karcos gitár, ahog, kell. Cserna mellé tökéletes volt.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Muddy being muddy

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

un delicia de álbum caray

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Stellar! An absolute legend, phenomenal audio quality.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Muddy waters is probably the king of live music

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Holy lord. There may be nothing more pure.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

El otro día me cortaron el pelo mientras veía un video en concierto de Ariana Grande. En mute. Lo que sonaba era un video de youtube con baladas románticas. Así que sonaba, ponle tú, Hacer el Amor con Otro mientras la italoamericana Grande hacia muecas y rictus de sufrimiento junto con sus bailarines. Creo que hay camino que puede ser trazado sin pedos entre Muddy Waters y Ariana Grande. He ahí un gran libro. En fin, Ariana Grande me deprime más que los bombardeos "israelíes" sobre Palestina.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Uptempo blues muziek. Hier kan ik niet blijven op stilzitten!

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Loved it! So classic

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Good live blues-sound. Includes many of Muddy Waters essentials like Hoochie Coochie Man and Got My Mojo Working. A must for any fan of the Chicago Blues

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Great start for the list. Really good, a classical blues album.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

One of the greatest blues players showing you why. Album lives up to any hype it could receive with a true performer on display.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

This is great blues in a gorgeous live setting. I wish I could have been at this set. This is really really good. You can hear people screaming and getting down. 5 stars.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

The founder of the Chicago school of blues. His charisma is felt through his songs. Very exciting and sensual, so far this is the highest score

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Feels like the definition of Blues

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Absolute dopamine hitter. Chased all the anxiety out of my body.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Without Muddy Waters, there is no British Invasion....or any rock music that's worth listening to.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

This was killer! great find, would be a great thing to play in the kitchen while cooking dinner or something. Pleased with this one for sure.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

This is a great blues album. The sound is just amazing!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Nostalgic blues album hit me just at the right time.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Killer

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

AWESOME

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

First of 1001. Is ir Lv = av or Lv = aDv?

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

29th November 2021 Listened throughout the day while at home home. My jam.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Fantastic live set, would've loved the chance to see Muddy play in-person.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Love it!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Really an enjoyable album. Soulful and smooth.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

I have that one at home, Muddy is great!

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

And here it is one of the finest Blues artists. Every song is a banger music to dance and to listen. We all know Blues music gave birth to pretty much everything we listen to but it's also amazing music in it's own right and Muddy waters is the master. The piano the brass the vocals all of it sublime.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

Blues pretty much as good as gets. All the standards are on here. It's impossible to underestimate how important artists like Muddy Waters were in the development of rock and roll, especially in Britain.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Блюз как он есть, включил услышал в 60е в Ньюпорте вышел.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

The argument I have seen online is that the blues has a limited vocabulary. Yes, the blues can be somewhat... limited. But performed by a master, like Waters, the blues will always sound like a lot more. Hard to believe that this is from 60 years ago. The recording sounds pretty good for that long ago. I would have liked a bigger instrumentation, but it's live. So... what can you expect? Amazing guitar work by Muddy Waters here. Without stuff by him, most rock would have not existed.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Never really listened to blues, but this just changed my mind about it

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Dude, Muddy Waters is an icon. Newport is iconic. Muddy Waters at Newport is iconic.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

New to me, but I love this old style blues music. Something that would fit the mood at any moment.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Ahh, that was a fun listen. Certainly understand why it's made the list! Love a bit of funky harmonica. These songs are really jams, at the end of the day. Relaxing, fun, bluesy. All among my favorite moods. What I love about this album is that it meets you where you are. If you're in a good mood it's toe-tapping, and if you're not, it's mellow. Somehow, amazingly, it occupies both spaces at once very effectively. The sound is so polished it's hard to believe it's even a live album. Amazing. Fave track: I Feel So Good.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Still holds up.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Lovely lovely lovely blues album. Always knew his name, but didn't realize how much I enjoy his music. Toes the line between big band and blues, getting some real big Louisiana sound out of tracks like 'I Feel So Good' / 'Got My Mojo Working' and then settling into a more somber mood for 'I Got My Brand On You' and 'Goodbye Newport Blues'.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Solid album. I will definitely keep this in my rotation.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Un blues!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

A timeless classic.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

I wanna listen to this. Added to my spotify

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Sun Mar 27 2022
5

God damn

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Oldschool jazz

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Marvelous!

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

10/10, Muddy Waters is the best I really enjoyed Hard Again when I got that album, and this one doesn’t disappoint either he just makes blues so much fun (not that the blues need any help, of course)

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Incredible

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

A classic live blues album, first heard this 35years ago, and it still brings me out in goosebumps.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

12 bar blues is one of my favourite genres and though a bit tame by todays standards, this is the stuff - and standards is the right word.

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Sun May 01 2022
5

Wantlist

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

I only knew Muddy Waters as the guy who brought us "You Need Love", the blues song that became a foundation for Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". And boy how ignorant I was in Muddy Waters's impact in the world of blues. Not a big fan of live albums, but I think this one captured the energy of blues and Waters's irresistible grooves and charisma. A gem in the top of the godfather of all modern music.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

It's Muddy. Give the man 5 stars.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

idk yet

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

For lovers of Chicago Blues, it doesn't get much better than this.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Okay yeah, this is the good stuff. Incredible blues. A

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Classic Chicago blues. Love it. Also during this set (but not on this album) he brought out some famous swing dancers (check out youtube). This is what I want in a live blues album. Top form from one of the all time greats.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Amazing album. Loving this site

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Sounds like home. Great album. Classic

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Sun Aug 14 2022
5

Fantastic. The love concert album done right.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Fantastic live album

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Súper P.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Clasico!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

If you like Blues (and I do) this album is amazing. Not much more needs to be said.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Muddy Waters was my introduction to Blues when I first heard Mannish Boy, and he defines blues to me. Imagine being in the audience to hear this performance being recorded. Nothing can match the growl, howl, and beat of Waters' vocals and guitar. Brand, Hoochie Coochie, Mojo Working,... all great tunes. The only song that doesn't connect for me is Tiger in your Tank, although because it's a take on a gasoline ad popular at the time, it gets a bonus mark.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

One of the most influential artists of 60's this and the Folk Singer album highlight the reason why. This potentially could be the greatest blues album of all time.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Amazing blues forgot how good he is

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: I got my brand on you, I’m your hoochie coochie man, Tiger in your tank, Feel so good, I’ve got my mojo working

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

SUCH AN AMAZING ALBUM. Muddy Waters is a fantastic vocalist and guitar player and every song is just perfection. I love the sense of fun and the unrestrained masculinity (mojo!). One of my all time faves, everything this man touched was gold in my book. 5/5

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Classic blues as it is. The essential of it, I would say) And a good live vibe is here as well.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Beautiful. Muddy Waters is, and always will be, an absolute treasure.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

I started listening to this immediately after watching a terrible documentary about a cult that committed sexual abuse and branding of women. Bad timing. Off to a bad bad start with that first song. I also have not had a lot of interest in the blues in my past, so this isn’t promising… Fortunately I enjoyed the non-branding-related songs on this album very much! Lots of energy, great blues playing, and except for that first track (which then repeated near the end - UGH), which I will excuse but never enjoy. I was surprisingly into this! Really great!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

Nice to wallow in the Muddy Waters today. Appreciate hearing it from the source.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

I have never listened to a Muddy Waters album. Wasn’t sure I would be into it, but I was. Good times!!

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