Muddy Waters Blues Band Download
Nov 4, 1966Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco, CA)
Muddy Waters Blues Band Download
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Total Length:
48:38
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Muddy Waters Blues Band Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Chicken Shack05:09
  2. 2Watermelon Man06:40
  3. 3Honky Tonk04:20
  4. 4Work Song05:12
  5. 5Honey Bee04:34
  6. 6Trouble No More02:45
  7. 7Hootchie Cootchie Man03:01
  8. 8Long Distance Call07:40
  9. 9Bye Bye Johnny02:35
  10. 10Three O'Clock In The Morning05:04
  11. 11I'll Go Crazy01:38
Item Number:
  • 131-9950-AD
Date:
  • Nov 4, 1966
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Chicken Shack05:09
  2. 2Watermelon Man06:40
  3. 3Honky Tonk04:20
  4. 4Work Song05:12
  5. 5Honey Bee04:34
  6. 6Trouble No More02:45
  7. 7Hootchie Cootchie Man03:01
  8. 8Long Distance Call07:40
  9. 9Bye Bye Johnny02:35
  10. 10Three O'Clock In The Morning05:04
  11. 11I'll Go Crazy01:38
Total Length:
48:38
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Muddy Waters - vocals, guitar; Francis Clay - drums; Mac Arnold - bass; Sammy Lawhorn - guitar; George Smith - harmonica; Luther "Georgia Boy" Johnson - guitar

This was the first of three days that the legendary Muddy Waters played San Francisco's Fillmore West in November of 1966. In addition to this show on the 4th, he played another night on the 5th and a rare matinee show on the 6th of November. All three shows included Quicksilver Messenger Service and Andrew Staples on the bill.

Although Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) would continue recording and performing until his death in 1983, many consider the touring band featured on this show among the finest backing bands he would ever front. Featuring George Smith on harmonica and Luther "Georgia Boy" Johnson on guitar (along with Waters himself), the band was obviously enjoying their newfound audience, which consisted mostly of San Francisco's emerging hippie community.

Opening with the instrumental "Chicken Shack" blues romp, this show is radically different than the other sets played during this run. Included here is "Long Distance Telephone Call," which was one of Waters' earliest sides for Chess Records, originally released in 1951. Also included is his classic "Hoochie Coochie Man," which hundreds of blues rock artists have covered, including Jimi Hendrix. The highlight of the show, unquestionably, is the classic "Trouble No More," which Waters sings with a true Delta Blues growl. The blues standard is immortalized on the first Allman Brothers Band album three years later, but their version is no match to Waters' original trademark sound. Another fun song is Waters' rendition of the R&B classic, "I'll Go Crazy," which was a hit for James Brown and The Moody Blues in the U.K., circa their 1965 Go Now period.

Like many of Waters' live recordings, this is a far from perfect performance. His guitar is usually out of tune on the higher strings, and he doesn't always get the words right. But who cares? This is a testament to the talent of a real Chicago blues pioneer, and it's fantastic, warts and all.

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