Rock and roll shares a very special relationship with the blues. If not for the blues, there would likely be no rock and roll. Any music historian would agree with that sentiment. Now, thanks to the good people at Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision, music lovers everywhere get to experience what is arguably one of the greatest moments in the history of both genres in the new DVD and DVD?CD release of “Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge.”
Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Lefty Bizz and the Rolling Stones all came together in an impromptu show at the famed Checkerboard Club on November 22nd, 1981. The weather outside may have been cold. But as it was documented in this new release, the energy of this one off mega show warmed the house and everyone in attendance. The vibe is set from the very first notes of the piano led, ‘Sweet Little Angel.’ Pianist Lovie Lee shines not only on the keys, but vocally, too. His talent shows through on ‘Flip Flop and Fly’, as well. Muddy keeps the positive vibe set by Lee coming when he enters on ‘You Don’t Have to Go.’ And his chops on the guitar are unlike anything that any other guitarist did then or does today. Things really get moving when Muddy coaxes Mick Jagger and his band mates Keith Richards and Ron Wood to come up and join in. This is just one of many impromptu moments that make this show such fun. Audiences will thrill at seeing Mick Jagger in his trademark “Chicken man” stance, hands on his hips, head stuck out. He, Wood, and Richards show their love and respect for the blues while they play. It’s proof of what makes the Rolling Stones one of the world’s most beloved bands.
Even when Muddy and Mick take a break, the energy is maintained by fellow bluesmen Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Lefty Dizz. The trio take over on ‘Got My Mojo Workin’ ‘, ‘Next Time You See Me’ and ‘One Eyed Woman’ before Muddy comes back up on ‘Clouds in My Heart.’
Audiences get one amazing show from the vault in this newly released concert. It’s only made that much better with the addition of an audio portion in the bonus CD included in the double disc DVD/CD set. This inclusion will allow audiences to listen to the show anywhere they go. The audio transfer from the master tapes was seamless. In short, the experience is just as grand on CD as it is on DVD. All involved in bringing this show back to life on CD are to be commended. The same should be said of those who dusted off the original video tapes of the show, and brought it back to life for DVD presentation.
Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision have once more set the bar for live recordings with this latest release. And while Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones take top billing, it’s obvious that this performance is less about either one, and more about celebrating the power of music. It joined two members of the same musical family for one special night. What’s more it has given eagle Rock and Eagle Vision one more of the year’s very best live recordings.
The single disc DVD and double disc DVD/CD set are both available in stores and online now. Fans can order it online at http://www.eagle-rock.com. There will also be a triple disc DVD/ 2-LP Vinyl release on September 11th.
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