This release presents a series of recordings from Blues by
Year: 1974 radio France Inter, featuring M. Waters, B. Guy, B. Wyman, O. Rush
& more which is a mix between the original uploader own recordings and
archive recordings provided years ago by another uploader.
The songs here are from some radio recordings (FM & AM)
made on reels and quality varies due to radio reception, tapes condition etc.
About the sources:
During the 1974 Montreux festival, Buddy Guy, Jr Wells &
Muddy Waters recorded the Messin' With The Blues video/DVD that was also
published on cd; however France Inter broadcasted live that night and many non
official tunes were captured, here they are. The Band in Montreux for the main
set consisted of: Bill Wyman on bass, Dallas Taylor on drums, Terry Taylor on
guitar and vocals, Buddy Guy on guitar, Muddy Waters on guitar and vocals,
Junior Wells on vocals and harmonica.
The first three tracks come from the opening act the Olympic
Runners, which was a 1970s funk band produced by Mike Vernon that was formed in
1973 in order to record an album backing Jimmy Dawkins at the Olympic Studios
in London; since Dawkins arrival was delayed they recorded one track Put The Music
Where Your Mouth Is, which became a hit in 74. Personnel consisted of Pete
Wingfield on keyboards and vocals, George Chandler on vocals, Joe Jammer on guitar,
DeLisle Harper on bass and Glen LeFleur on drums with Mike Vernon himself on
percussions. The first and last of their set are blues tinted tracks, while the
second one is a funky soul song. The Muddy Waters set starts with Muddy Waters Band
Introduction which is not on any previously known recordings of this show, unfortunately
it is not possible to heaer the words Bill Wyman, but just From, the Rolling
Stones. The same can be said for Catfish Blues, Howlin’ Wolf and They Call Me
Muddy Waters. The same can be said for the 2 tracks by Buddy Guy and Junior
Wells, unfortunately in worst sound quality.
Disc Two opens with another Muddy Waters track, a live cd
was published years after his show in Antibes on 24 July 1974 from the France
Inter radio recording; this station broadcasted an instrumental tune played by
his band that was not featured on the regular record: it's also here.
Muddy Waters band in Antibes 1974 presents its classic line
up: Bob Margolin on guitar, Luther Gtr Johnson on guitar, Pinetop Perkins on
piano, Jerry Portnoy on harmonica, Calvin Jones on bass & Willie Smith on drums.
From the Antibes 74 show there is also a tune from The Ice
Band also known as Lafayette Afro Rock Band which consisted of: Bobby Boyd on
vocals, Larry Jones on acoustic guitar, Michael McEwan on electric guitar, Frank
Abel on keyboards, Ernest ‘Donny’ Donable on drums, Arthur Young and Keno
Speller on percussions, Lafayette Hudson on bass and Ronnie James Buttacavoli
There is also a session from the Blues sur Seine festival,
Paris 1974 by the Memphis Blues Stars of Tennessee.
And to finish, here are some tunes from the Chicago Blues
festival tour 1974, Paris from the fall 1974 featuring Sunnyland Slim on piano,
Otis Rush & Jimmy Dawkins on guitars. Nice Compilation featuring rare
tracks, special mention to the sexually explicit Digging Potato Man, too bad
the sound is not that great.