JOHNNY WINTER: Muddy Waters & James Cotton – WBCN-FM Boston Music Hall 26-02-77 (2CD)

  • Raw Performance at The Boston Music Hall, 26th February 1977 on WBCN-FM
  • Includes the entire broadcast
  • Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality
  • Background liners

At a point in time when Johnny Winter had only recently recovered from past addictions and blues giant Muddy Waters had faced a decline in his career with illness and the collapse of Chess records in 1975, it was Steve Paul of Blue Sky records who would appear as saviour to both musicians. The results of his investment soon paid off and Winter’s childhood dream to play alongside his hero Muddy waters was soon realised. Waters' comeback album was a return to his original Chicago sound. Its raw, expressive feel harked back to his Chess Records days, and the outstanding musicianship and intimate exuberance exceeded all expectations, earning Waters a Grammy in the process.

The Hard Again tour combined the respected powerhouse of Waters, Winter and Cotton with musicians from the Hard Again sessions. Hard Again cast a further four albums with Blue Sky before Waters would leave in 1983. Although this particular collaboration was short-lived, it has provided blues fans a rare opportunity to indulge in the work of two hugely important musical figures whose respect for each other is evidently unflinching.

Two live albums, Muddy Mississippi Waters Live and the more recent Break-in' It Up, Break-in’ It Down have allowed a glimpse of the concerts from 1977-1978, but this Boston performance has never previously seen the light of day. Echoes proudly presents the entire WBCN-FM broadcast, fully re-mastered with in-depth liners and rare photos.

Disc One:

1. The Blues Had A Baby And TheyNamed It Rock ‘N’ Roll2. Deep Down In Florida3. Hideaway4. You’ve Got To Love Her With AFeeling5. Sweet Home Chicago6. Rocket 887. Help Me8. How Long?

Disc Two:

1. Instrumental

2. Mama Talk To Your Daughter

3. Mannish Boy


4. WBCN DJ Talks and InterviewsPinetop Perkins

5. You Don’t Have To Go

6. Got My Mojo Working

7. WBCN DJ Interview w/ Waters,Cotton and Winter

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