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Muddy Waters: Classic Concerts [DVD] [2005]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Island
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BM7U82
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic live performances from the blues legend, recorded at three separate gigs between 1960 and 1977. Tracks include 'Got My Mojo Working', 'Back At the Chicken Shack' and 'Blow Wind Blow'.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.


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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for Muddy fans 31 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Three concerts here, the legendary (I presume) Newport Jazz Festival 1960, Copenhagen 1968 and Molde, Norway 1977.
Newport features Otis Spann, Pat Hare, James Cotton, Andrew Stephenson and Francis Clay in glorious black and white and reduced sound quality - but they swing. So much so they are joined by a bunch of others including a brief but memorable vocal by Betty Jeanette along with Jimmy Rushing and a bunch of others. The thing here is they are having fun, big fun, with Muddy a little younger and letting his hair down on stage. The set is far too brief though.
Copenhagen is in colour with slightly better but still disappointing sound, with Spann, Pee Wee Madisson, S P Leary, Luther "Snake" Johnson and Sonny Wimberley. Eight tracks in all.
Molde is in colour and the sound is great, all instruments coming through clear, which is a bit of a shame cos Muddy’s playing is a bit rough at times, although nothing else is. The band is similar to the one he worked with Johnny Winter in his later career, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Luther "Guitar" Johnson, Willie Smith, Jerry Portnoy and Calvin Jones. Eight fine tracks here with the band enjoying themselves and sounding just great with Muddy in perfect voice.
A good selection of what you’d want to see with enough for archivists, fans and newcomers. While the sound quality disappoints at times, which is understandable given the times (but I just keep imagining what it would sound like now if they had the technology back then), this still rates five big stars. It’s Muddy Waters and some of the greatest blues players that have ever lived - what other rating could you give it ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The muddied waters of time 4 July 2013
By Iain
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Archive film from this long ago is always going to pose a problem. Compared to modern techniques the style is basic and unvaried. There are some different viewing angles, but otherwise it's Muddy and friends playing the blues.

And that of course is the purpose of the film. The man oozes charisma from every pore and his timing both vocally and with his guitar are immaculate and apparently effortless. Blues enshrines a beautiful irony or paradox. The singer is one moment beaten, downtrodden, exploited, hopeless, desperate, disillusioned and depressed; and the next moment a supreme human specimen ultimately attractive to the opposite gender, powerful, dominant, enduring no opposition. Muddy flips from one to the other with charm and confidence. The film reveals this unbelievable quality of his to be innocent and knowing at the same time. A master of his art.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointing 11 Mar 2011
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I bought this DVD for my husband as he is a big Muddy Waters fan. It features Muddy appearing at three different jazz festivals. Unfortunately three songs, "Tiger in your Tank", "Got My Mojo Workin'" and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" are performed at each of the venues. With the body of work that Muddy had to choose from this wasn't necessary. It spoiled the DvD for us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Muddy Waters - Classic Concerts [DVD] [2005] 16 Mar 2010
By Phoenix
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Muddy Waters - Classic Concerts [DVD] [2005]

It's Muddy Waters of course it's brilliant
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Muddy Waters Presentation Available 6 Dec 2005
By Perry Celestino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I am happy to contribute this review. This DVD was released two weeks ago in Australia and it is great. This set was put out by the "Reeling In The Years" people who have done the "Blues Legends" series (Albert King, Freddie King, Memphis Slim and Sonny Boy Williamson) over the last two years. This latest release has Muddy at three stages of his career with three different bands.

It begins with a re-release and an improved sound upgrade of his famous 1960 Newport Jazz Festival concert. It is in Black and White but the sound is now in stereo and song selection are excellent. The band features James Cotton on harp. I think "I'll Put A Tiger In Your Tank" and "Rolling Stone" are particularly good. It also has a great version of Mojo Working as usual with Jimmy Rushing and others contributing.

The DVD then moves to Europe. We see Muddy in the early 1968 at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Here the band has its famous matching Guild Guitars with the long telephone cord leads (I had one!). "Long Distance Call" is particularly good in this set. The band also features the great Otis Spann and footage of this gentleman is very rare. He even sings the T-Bone Walker number "Cold, Cold Feeling", just superb.

Muddy's final concert on this DVD is him at the end of his career in Norway. It is in 1977 at the Molde Jazz Festival. His band has the fabulous Pinetop Perkins and white bluesmen Bob Margolin and Jerry Portnoy. This set is also great and in colour. The crowd, as Europeans can be, is very subdued. The set has great versions of a number of tunes such as "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Blow Wind" and a great version of "Baby Please Don't Go".

This is an essential DVD to own if you are a Blues lover. I have all of Muddy Waters' released material and this is the best. It sounds great and has a comprehensive song selection.It also features very good digital sound and the concerts have over 90-minutes of music. The bonus material has interviews and a great version of "The Blues Had A Baby and They Named It Rock And Roll". It will be released on January 24 in the States. Get this as your New Year's present!

I would love, in the future, to see the release of the famous tribute concert done for Muddy in the late sixties with all the best players of the time such as Johnny Winter, Mike Bloomfield, Junior Wells, Nick Gravenities, Pinetop Perkins and many more. This has to be put out soon. Parts have been shown in Johnny Winter's Pieces and Bits DVD and the Chicago Blues Reunion DVD put out in 2005.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best blues DVDs 1 Aug 2006
By Jerry D. Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This DVD (by Reelin' In The Years Productions) would be worth the cost even if it were just of the Newport festival. As it is, there are three separate classic concerts on the DVD (Newport in 60, Copenhagen in 68 and Norway in 77). The album (and CD) of Muddy at Newport has always been a favorite of mine, and to see it live is amazing. What can I say, it is Muddy with one his all time classic bands including Otis Spann and James Cotton. This is what they sounded like playing in the Chicago clubs. The editing, which includes cutting between the band and the audience reaction, is excellent. This concert took place in July 1960 and it represents one of the first exposures of black blues to white audiences in the US. As a musician,it is interesting to see Muddy and band using classic Gibson and Fender equipment; guitars and amps which are now considered classic vintage equipment and cost thousands of dollars. These guys played blues the way it should be played, with passion and harmony - not mindless noise and soloing. Any beginning blues musician (or rocker) should buy this DVD to see some classic examples. One highlite of show is watching Muddy do a little dance with Cotton. The second and third concerts were shot in Europe and you can see the integration of Muddy's band with Paul Oscher and Jerry Portnoy on harmonica and Bob Margolin on guitar. Margolin is still keeping the Muddy tradition alive today by his excellent work with the Muddy Waters tribute band (which includes some of Muddy's old sidemen). The European concerts occured in 68 and 77 and watching Muddy age adds poignancy to the DVD. There are bonus sections of interviews with Muddy which give a rare glimpse into the man himself and the liner notes (actually a booklet) by Bob Margolin (who is also a writer for the magazine Blues Revue) adds very interesting historical and musical insights. Any music fan must add this DVD to their collection and it is a must have for every blues fan. I would rate this DVD in the same category as my other favorites, namely Freddie King's The Beat and The American Folk Blues Festival DVD's, which were also produced by Reelin' In The Years.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUDDY WOULD BE PROUD 31 May 2006
By BILLYBOBUK - Published on Amazon.com
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IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT WITH THE PREVIOUS REVIEW, THIS IS THE FINEST QUALITY VIDEO/AUDIO RELEASE FROM THE BLUES LEGEND--THE STEREO SOUND FROM NEWPORT IS AMAZING, AND THE 2 EUROPEAN PERFORMANCES ARE EQUALLY WELL PRESENTED--YOU CAN CLEARLY HEAR THE INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENTS AS THEY SUPPORT MUDDYS STINGING LEAD GUITAR. THE 3 BONUS ITEMS ARE A GREAT ADDITION THAT IS A RELEASE WORTHY OF THE GREAT MAN, AND SOMETHING HE WOULD BE PROUD OF. HERE WE ARE ALMOST 50YRS AFTER NEWPORT, STILL BEING AMAZED BY IT.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy the Great 22 Feb 2007
By K. Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Five stars aren't enough for this DVD. I have several other blues-themed DVDs - all three in the American Folk Blues Festival series, Memphis Slim and Sonny Boy, Howlin' Wolf Story, The Chicago Blues, Clapton's Crossroads Festival, Stevie Ray at Montreaux, et al - and I have never seen anything quite like this. Muddy is, simply, drop-dead stunning. The Newport concert brings tears to my eyes, and the sound is off the charts. Then the Copenhagen show, followed by the gig in Norway. Excellent quality, sound and visuals. This is as good as it gets. The inner strength and (dare I say) nobility of Muddy Waters has never been plainer.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muddy makes it crystal clear 2 Sep 2006
By James J. Rossignol - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Muddy Waters has influenced blues players and fans for years even after his death. His catalog is chock full of standards worshiped by countless people of all ages. The blues can be felt by all generations it is a universal vibe. Muddy was a torchbearer for the blues with an uncanny ability to write timeless music. "Hoochie Coochie Man" is a classic and well documented here. The emphasis is on early Muddy Waters and timeless performances. It is unfortunate that some of the later classics are not found here. But the sampling is varied enough to keep your attention on the master of the blues. He crafted an art form that few have been able to duplicate. When you think of the blues the first one I think of is Muddy Waters. He was an ambassador for the blues before it was exposed to the mainstream. Through his work and passion it became an icon for American music. We all feel the blues and he made them real for everyone. Now it is fashionable to praise the blues and its fatherhood of rock and roll. For little finacial gain and fame these artists played for the soul of expression. They showed the way for those with little knowledge of the roots of the blues. It is an educational experience to witness a blues giant in his prime. One not soon to be forgotten. It is a blessing that there is a video history of one of the all time greats. It is an experience for the ages.
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