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Breakin It Up: Breakin It Down Live, Original recording remastered

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listen  1. Black Cat Bone/Dust My Broom (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;James Cotton;Johnny Winter 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Can't Be Satisfied (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Caledonia (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dealin' With The Devil (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rocket 88 (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Done Got over ItJohnny Winter with Muddy Waters & James Cotton 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mama Talk To Your Daughter (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love Her With A Feeling (Previously Unreleased)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Trouble No More (Album Version)Muddy Waters;Johnny Winter;James Cotton 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
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In the late 1940s and early '50s, Chicago was the epicenter of the blues explosion; all the roads led there, from Mississippi Delta, the Midwest and the Southeast. It all began in 1948 with the release of a 78-rpm single by a singer-guitarist called Muddy Waters. Aristocrat 1305 bore a pair of traditional Mississippi Delta-styled pieces "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "I Feel ... Read more in Amazon's Muddy Waters Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic / Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000PA9Q6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An entire album's worth of unreleased live material from the tour that followed Muddy's 1977 comeback album Hard Again ! And WHAT a touring band that was-not just Muddy, Johnny and James, but Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Charles Calmese, too!


Muddy Waters had his second coming 30 years ago, when longtime friend and disciple Johnny Winter and his Blue Sky label returned him--after a series of listless recordings aimed at the rock audience--to the raw, powerful authenticity of his timeless Chess material with a series of powerful albums. Beginning with 1977's acclaimed Hard Again, a subsequent tour produced Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live, recorded onstage in Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia with Muddy's band, Winter, and harmonica player/vocalist James Cotton. Enough live material remained for Legacy to release an expanded version with an entire second disc of unissued concert material. It seems even that wasn't the end. This collection returns again to those remarkable concerts, featuring Muddy on five tracks, among them a rousing "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Trouble No More," "Caldonia," and the closing "Got My Mojo Workin'." Winter and Cotton are no less powerful, Cotton redoing Jackie Brenston's hit "Rocket '88'" and Winter ripping up John Lee Hooker's "I Done Got Over It" and "Mama Talk to Your Daughter." --Rich Kienzle

Customer Reviews

If you are a blues fan, I'm sure this one will make you smile.
Donald E. Gilliland
Only an artist as dominating as Muddy Waters could claim his THIRD-BEST period, in the twilight of his years, to be as fantastic as the Blue Sky sessions!
Mark Schlesinger
Waters and Winter also play guitar, and James Cotton is referred to as "Superharp" in the notes accompanying the CD.
Steven A. Peterson

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Broman on June 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Muddy Waters' work on Chess Records from the late 1940s to the early 1970s is truly amazing. He was the most powerful blues artist and one of the best songwriters. Many fans think he was in decline in the mid-1970s when "Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down" was recorded. This concert document should dispel those thoughts. It might have taken Muddy longer to build up a head of steam, but when he got rollin', he was as "mannish" as ever. With old pal James Cotton blowing away on harp and Johnny Winter (who ignited Muddy's revival by producing his later records on Blue Sky Records) as his co-stars on the 1977 tour, Muddy was pushed to the heights he regularly reached in his 1950s and 1960s heyday ("Pinetop" Perkins on piano, and Bob Margolin on guitar also shine). The live version of "Can't be Satisfied" - the second cut on the disc - is as strong as any live recording in his career. I saw this band at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. and the three stars were on fire and having a whale of a time. When I bought "Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down," I thought, "there is no way this recording will be as good as I remember the show." But not to worry, it's all here and hearing it again made me smile at the memories of Muddy, James, and Johnny pouring out electric blues. A rousing "Got My Mojo Working" (the encore) finishes things up nicely. Someone once said, "In Muddy Waters' hands 'the blues' is a misnomer."
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
They were only together for one album and tour, but the Hard Again band was the most kickass assemblage of blues talent there has ever been. They simply never played anything, either live or in studio, that was not of extraordinarily high quality. This disc absolutely smokes, and it's a welcome treat that Cotton and Winter each get a couple turns on lead vocals. It's very encouraging that there's still this much great stuff left over after after the two disc edition of Muddy "Mississippi" Waters, because that means there's likely more on the way.
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This cd is a new release of a concert tour in 1977 with Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and James Cotton. I vacillated for days before I bought this. I have deducted, that listening to the thirty second sound bites, are worthless, especially when making a decision on electric blues. In 30 seconds, the guy might not even be done tuning his guitar! I'm going to attempt, to help you, not to have to go through, the anguish, that I went through, before I made the decision to buy this cd. First of all, you can tell how much these three guys like each other. Since this is a live performance, you hear them kidding each other throughout each song. One guy sings: "Your mother ought to know..." And one of the guys not singing lead, is yelling: "Yea tell em!" or you hear enthusiastic screams like: "Ow!" "Yea" "Do it James!" "Do it Johnny", etc. I personally think James Cotton, and his mind blowing "harp" (For you non-experienced blues neophytes, that's his harmonica! Please make a note of that!) steals the whole show. That magic harp of his, is either screeching, scratching, waling, and always cooking. If I were to try to draw a verbal picture for you, of the type of blues these fella's are playing, I'd say, think about an old black and white detective movie, and you're inside a bar, smoke is slowly circling its way to the ceiling, and in the background you hear the blues. That's the kind of blues on this cd. James Cotton, when he's not blowing the "harp", showcases a voice, that sounds like its seen, a lot of cigarettes, a lot of whiskey, a lot of women, and left it with the blues. This entire cd, is old-time "roadhouse", feeling good, blues. There are 11 songs, totaling just under sixty minutes. This is a classic taste, of old-time jamming, ELECTRIC BLUES, with the "harp", being the pulse, that never misses a blue beat! Buy this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What a concert CD! "Breakin' it Up, Breakin' it Down" features the vocals of three pretty good bluesmen--Muddy Waters, James Cotton, and Johnny Winter. Waters and Winter also play guitar, and James Cotton is referred to as "Superharp" in the notes accompanying the CD. Also in the group: Bob Margolin (guitar and vocals), Pinetop Perkins (vocals and piano), Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drum), and Charles Calmese (Bass). They play awfully well together. . . .

Bob Margolin wrote to notes. At one point he says of this CD: "[The CD] showcases each of these [three] blues legends leading the band, but more important historically, and much more fun, we find them jamming together, pushing, teasing, and inspiring one another."

Let's take a look at a few examples of the cuts on this live CD. . . .

"Black Cat Bone/Dust My Broom." The authorship of this song is split among Winter, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson. This is a rocking version of this song! There is fine guitar work, good keyboards, and terrific harmonica. It is taken at a rollicking pace. The three central vocalists take turns in vocals--to good effect.

"Can't Be Satisfied." One of Muddy Waters' hits, covered by many others, including the Rolling Stones. There is cool guitar work at the outset, and Waters' singing does justice to this song. There is a sense of improvisation and spontaneity, as the three central players interact with one another. Lots of fun.

"Rocket 88" is one of Cotton's songs, about his car. It starts up with some great harmonica work. This work is taken at the quick pace and there is a sense of joy to Cotton's vocalizations.

Another Waters' classic closes out this concert CD--"Got My Mojo Workin.
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