MUDDY WATERS Hoochie Coochie Man (1964/1996)

MuddyHoochie Coochie Man (1996)
Incredible, Unnoticed 1964 Live Show

You know the name LaserLight, right? The cheapo CD distributors that wholesale to dollar stores? Well… this appears to be just another typical LaserLight release, complete with skimpy info, crappy graphics and the wrong song titles. But, wait! Look closer. Instead of a rehash of old, public domain Muddy Waters recordings that just happened to be on hand, this CD is actually a rare 1964 live show. And, an incredible one at that! The All Music Guide states it’s from Europe’s 1964 American Folk Blues Festival and adds, “considering that Chess Records never recorded Muddy’s live set during this era, this disc is priceless.” No kidding! A 55-minute live set that sounds more like it’s at an intimate juke joint than a festival. This stuff is the real thing – stripped, slow blues with spare guitar, piano & harp leads that just… hang… together… by a thread. It took the Rolling Stones another 5 years and massive amounts of H, Jack & Coke to nail this timing. The sound quality is excellent, though, curiously, there’s hiss and phase between the songs (only when the audience is applauding). When the music starts up again it’s crystal clear, like you’re right in front of the band, circa 1964. With Otis Spann (piano), Sammy Lawhorn (guitar), Luther Johnson (bass), George Smith (sax) & Frances Clay (drums). Also get a great Howlin’ Wolf show (Here) recorded at the same Festival. Get Muddy for pennies at Amazon, HERE.

Country Boy
Baby Please Don’t Go

Hoochie
Coochie Man

Sittin
‘ And Thinkin‘ (a.k.a. Tiger In Your Tank)

19 Years Old
County Jail
Long Distance Call

Rock Me Baby

Sweet Little Angel
(a.k.a. Trouble No More)
Rosalie

All Night Long
(a.k.a. Rollin’ And Tumblin‘)
Early Morning Blues
(a.k.a. I Feel Like Going Home)

27 Comments

  • 1
    The Riverboat Captain
    April 19, 2007 - 09:38 | Permalink

    Along with the Blue Sky 'Muddy Mississippi Waters Live', the best live Mud there is. No question.

  • 2
    Eric
    April 19, 2007 - 14:52 | Permalink

    It's a truly amazing show. I bought it as part of a 3-disc set at Costco some years ago for $19.99. The other discs aren't bad, either, but this one is phenomenal. What a steal!

  • 3
    The Riverboat Captain
    April 21, 2007 - 05:05 | Permalink

    Robert Gordon, author of the excellent 'Can't Be Satisfied – The Life and Times of Muddy Waters' has it as THE live album.. he also points out Sittin and Thinkin' is in fact Tiger In Your Tank :)

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    April 21, 2007 - 05:28 | Permalink

    Hey Captain,

    Thanks for the notes on this one. Very appreciated.
    Willard

  • 5
    Timmy
    May 2, 2008 - 02:40 | Permalink

    God reunited me with Muddy once, at The Roxy in West hollywood, way on back around 1979……………..Thank ya… for reinvesting that experience fer me

  • 6
    linuus
    June 16, 2008 - 04:07 | Permalink

    Sort of related… About ten years ago I found a Laserlight release of a great Nina Simone concert… no word on when or where it was recorded, but it's one of my all time favorites.

  • 7
    ge
    June 16, 2008 - 22:24 | Permalink

    There's a sweet 'Nineteen Years Old' on youtube, posted by bluespower79

  • 8
    drfeelgoed
    June 20, 2008 - 05:39 | Permalink

    Many thanx, listening to it now, classic!
    Any other weird releases on Laserlight?

  • 9
    Capt. Willard
    June 20, 2008 - 06:30 | Permalink

    Hard for me to say Doc.

    Those LaserLight guys typically just repackage public domain or old "hits" recordings, and they rarely (if ever) put detailed info on the outside of the covers. I always thought their intent was to make you think it's a greatest hits or "original" hits package.

    So, it's a hit and miss thing. Fortunately, they're often cheap enough to gamble. I grabbed this one despite the title and crappy cover because I didn't recognize some of the titles on back (some were wrong), so I just took a chance on it.

    You never know, just like Linuus (above) stumbling across a cool Nina Simone show.

    Think of it as Audio Lotto and be prepared to scratch off a loser.

  • 10
    infinite fool
    July 5, 2008 - 01:06 | Permalink

    I'm psyched to hear this. Thanks.

  • 11
    LuckyLuke
    July 6, 2008 - 15:01 | Permalink

    First of all, many thanks for this wonderful recording, I saw Muddy Waters five times in the sixties and this is almost as good. As for the mention that it sounds more like an intimate juke joint than a festival, I do think that it's the same in Europe as far as jazz and blues festivals as it is here in Montreal, there are shows outside but also many happen in small venues as this was probably the case with the Muddy Waters show. Rock festivals are one big outside thing that lasts a whole day or weekend, jazz and blues festivals usually last for a week or more and use all available venues in the city. Thanks again for this and your amazing blog.

  • 12
    Slidewell
    July 14, 2008 - 00:28 | Permalink

    This one is a certified gem. Maybe I won't be so quick to pass over those Laserlights when I'm at the flea market. Thanks!

  • 13
    Capt. Willard
    March 2, 2009 - 03:17 | Permalink

    Keep in mind… most of them are bad.

  • 14
    Anonymous
    November 4, 2009 - 08:55 | Permalink

    This is great.
    I don't think The Stones ever nailed this timing (though they came close).

  • 15
    Capt. Willard
    November 10, 2009 - 16:21 | Permalink

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  • 16
    Anonymous
    November 11, 2009 - 09:35 | Permalink

    MMMMMMM…. Very nice, thanks for (re)sharing
    Mal

  • 17
    Art Ducko
    November 11, 2009 - 21:44 | Permalink

    Thanks for the mojo, Willard. Great show. Sony Records has marked down several of Muddy's Blue Sky cds to bargain prices (mainly $4.99). This includes the series produced by Johnny Winter & they're among the last things Muddy did. Masterful stuff up until the end.

  • 18
    Anonymous
    November 12, 2009 - 00:12 | Permalink

    Thanks for the live Mud. boboquisp

  • 19
    buzz baby jesus
    November 14, 2011 - 11:19 | Permalink

    How did you know I was just thinking I needed to visit Muddy? Saw him play at a club in West Hollywood near the end of his life with The Chicago Blues all stars, which included Willie Dixon.
    Muddy came out on crutches and sat on a stool, but he tore it up anyway.

  • 20
    Visions
    November 16, 2011 - 20:16 | Permalink

    Does anyone know the Authorized Bootleg – Muddy at Fillmore East in Nov 1966? I haven’t heard it but it looks pretty good.

    • 21
      Willard
      November 16, 2011 - 21:20 | Permalink

      I haven’t heard it.

  • 22
    Visions
    November 16, 2011 - 20:17 | Permalink

    Oops, sorry, Fillmore West. It was San Francisco. But he played straight blues.

  • 23
    November 17, 2011 - 11:25 | Permalink

    Never heard of this before — it’s outstanding!!

  • 24
    Mr.W
    November 18, 2011 - 09:03 | Permalink

    Wow!! There is always something to renew these ears with …
    Thanks!

  • 25
    Goose
    November 23, 2011 - 01:08 | Permalink

    This is friggin’ Excellent! Thanks Cap for posting this.

    Hey Visions… I have the Authorized Bootleg: Fillmore Auditorium, SanFran show. It’s from November 4-6, 1966.

    It’s great! Clean sound…. Well worth a purchase.

  • 26
    Goose
    November 23, 2011 - 01:11 | Permalink

    “You got a boy chilezz coming… gonna be a sonnava gun”

  • 27
    BuzzBuzzBuzz
    April 23, 2012 - 11:24 | Permalink

    First The Wolf and now Muddy live. My son in college is all about Jack White, so I keep peppering him with these two for background. Thanks for the assist!

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