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Documenting a rare meeting of the King of the blues guitar and the "best rock and roll band" - all at a great price
By Steve Ramm
Apparently there have been bootleg tapes of this 1981 performance, when legendary blues guitarist Muddy Waters was booked into Buy Guy's Chicago "juke joint" (small club with tables right up against the small stage) and Mick, Keith and Ron showed up for front row seats. But this first "official" release (with wonderful brand new sound restoration) is the first time I've seen it. It's truly a historical moment and Eagle Vision has given it a nice packaging and a very reasonable price. (The DVD itself is under $15.00 and the combo pack with the audio CD with 11 of the 13 numbers is only five bucks more.
The whole show lasts 106 minutes though, in reality, there are two numbers up front by Waters band, without the Hootchie Cootchie Man himself. And while Jagger, Richards and Wood are on stage with Waters for quite a few songs, both Waters and Jagger leave the stage for two songs by guitarist/vocalist Lefty Dizz, though Wood and Richards remain on stage. Oh, I forgot the Junior Wells gets to squeeze on the small stage as well.
Waters sings his classics and plays on some of them (he puts away the guitar for a few numbers).
The camera work is super with nice close ups and you can really enjoy Waters and Jagger riffing with each other.
The DVD adds two bonus performances and an 8 page booklet with some photos and an essay by Robert Gordon that - in text - pretty much describes what you see on your screen.
Definitely a must-have for both Blues fans and Stones fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Muddy Waters meets the Rolling Stones
By Steven Peterson
This is a wonderful DVD (plus a CD) of a concert at Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago (Buddy Guy's club). The DVD begins with a couple blues songs--"Sweet Little Angel" and "Flip Flop and Fly." Nice playing, but I was wondering--"Where is Muddy Waters." Then, Muddy heads to the stage and we see him perform with his band. Wonderful blues playing, with "You Don't Have to Go" and "Country Boy." The club provides a claustrophobic feel--small room where people sit almost on top of one another. People are lined up at the entrance, and are admitted as others leave.
The show really gets rolling during "Baby Please Don't Go," as we see four Stones enter--Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Ian Stewart. When Waters sees them, he invites them to stage. In a way, this is eminently appropriate, since the Rolling Stones took their name from one of Waters' songs and since the Rolling Stones had extolled the virtues of Muddy Waters as an influence on their work (and sometimes had his songs in their play list). One of the touching aspects of this DVD is what appears to be genuine affection and warmth between the old blues warrior and his musical progeny, an unlikely band of Englishmen.
We see Richards and Wood playing with Waters' band on a number of songs; Waters invites Stewart to play the piano. Jagger and Waters play off of one another on the vocals. Making the video more enjoyable--more guests, including legends like Buddy Guy and Junior Wells who join in the music. The small stage features players leaving to make room for new players. The improvisational quality of the concert is most pleasurable.
And the songs? It's hard to beat "Mannish Boy," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Got My Mojo Working," "Champagne and Reefer," and so on. One feature that I especially enjoyed was the various guitar players playing off of one another--Wood, Richards, Lefty Dizz, Guy, and Waters himself at some points, among others.
The quality of the DVD is pretty good, given that it was captured in 1981.
All in all, a terrific and energetic concert. It was telling to see the obvious influence that blues legends like Muddy Waters had on the Rolling Stones. And how naturally they played the blues. An hour and a half worth of music that seemed to last only moments as the performance unfolded. . . .
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Great Show for Stones Fans and Muddy Fans and Blues Fans
By P. robb
Wow, this is a fun cd/dvd set. Heard about this a few years ago and saw one song on Youtube. Worth buying this set. Suggestion: Watch the dvd first and then listen to the cd which will make more sense. Some classic tunes with Muddy, the Stones and other Blues legends. Enjoy!