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Muddy Waters – Live Dortmund, Germany

01. Intro & After Hours
02. Soon Forgotten
03. Howlin’ Wolf Blues
04. Hoochie Coochie Man
05 Blow Wind Blow
06 Can’t Get No Grindin’
07 Long Distance Call
08 Got My Mojo Workin’
09 Got My Mojo Workin’ (First Encore)
10 Theme
11 Got My Mojo Workin’ (Second Encore)

APRIL 4, 1915 – APRIL 30, 1983

Anyone who’s followed the course of modern popular music is aware of the vast influence exerted on its development by the large numbers of blues artists who collectively shaped and defined the approach to amplified music in the late 1940s and early ’50s. Chicago was the pivotal point for the development and dissemination of the modern blues and virtually everything else has flowed, in one way or another, from this rich source.

The revolution began inauspiciously enough in 1948 with the release of a 78-rpm single by a singer-guitarist called Muddy Waters. Coupled on Aristocrat 1305 were a pair of traditional Mississippi Delta-styled pieces “I Cant Be Satisfied” and “I Feel Like Going Home,” and on them Waters’ dark, majestic singing. Waters’ use of amplification gave his guitar playing a new, powerful, striking edge and sonority that introduced to traditional music a sound its listeners found very exciting, comfortably familiar yet strangely compelling and, above all, immensely powerful, urgent.(-Pete Welding, excerpted from “Gone to Mainstreet,” Bluesland, E.P. Dutton, 1992)

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