VARIOUS ARTISTS - CD
BLUES BY YEAR MONTREUX 1974 & MORE

LABEL:
DAR 770
SOURCE:
Radio France Inter broadcasts, Disc One: Montreux 28 June 74, Disc Two, Tracks 1,2: Antibes 29 July 74, Tracks 3-6: Blues Sur Seine Paris 74, Track 7-9: Chicago Blues Fest, Paris Fall 74.
FORMAT:
2 downlioad cdrs
RUNNING TIME:
56.35/41.40
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard stereo (Disc One, Tracks 1-3) and mono Tapes - digital transfers - files on PC - Audacity (creating 2 tracks from mono, de-clicks, eq, volume, FLAC export, ...) - md5 with TLH.
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 7 / PACKAGING 7 / PERFORMANCE 9

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One, Olympic Runners: 1. Instrumental, 2. Do That 3-5, 3. Elmore Blues, Muddy Waters Band, 4: Introduction, 5. Catfish Blues, 6. Howlin’ Wolf, 7. They Call Me Muddy Waters, 8. Making Friends, 9. I’m Ready, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells: 10. Sweet Home Chicago, 11 Stormy Monday.

Disc Two, Muddy Waters Band: 1. Instrumental, Ice: 2. Baby Walk, Memphis Blues Stars of Tennessee: 3. Potato Digging Man, 4. My Baby She Left Me A Mule To Ride, 5. Stop The Boogie, 6. What’d I Say, Sunnyland Slim: 7. Sunnyland Boogie, Otis Rush & Jimmy Dawkins: 8. I Can’t Quit You Baby, 9. The Blues Is My Game.

 
REVIEW:

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 on horns.

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.

 


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