At a time when Johnny Winter and blues giant Muddy Waters were both facing hard times, they were hand-picked by Blue Sky Records’ owner Steve Paul to collaborate on Waters’ Hard Again album in 1977, a partnership that culminated in a further four albums. 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. The subsequent tour left nobody doubting the huge significance of this event where willing participants included James Cotton and Edgar Winter! Two live albums, Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down and Muddy Mississippi Waters Live have captured glimpses of the various concerts from 1977-1978, but here in all of its glory is what many consider to be their finest two hours together on stage.
Timeline revisits this classic performance at New York’s Palladium, March 4th 1977, in its entirety with a fully restored and professionally remastered original King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast. Presented with background notes and timeline photos.
Muddy Waters – vocals, guitar; Johnny Winter – vocals, guitar; James Cotton – vocals, harmonica; Bob Margolin – guitar; Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins – piano; Charles Calmese – bass; Willie Big Eyes Smith – drums; guest: Edgar Winter – piano, vocals