Some would argue that the cultural epoch we know as the 60s really began on February 4, 1964, with the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, but this new Muddy Waters Classic Concerts DVD documenting three shows from different stages in the latter half of the iconic bluesman's career puts the defining moment back a few years to July 3, 1960, at the Newport Jazz Festival. It's there we see an amped-up Muddy Waters and band -- in crisp black-and-white footage synched up with brilliant stereo sound from the Chess masters -- blasting out the sonic blueprint for the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin before a racially integrated audience.
Each of the other two concert clips (from Denmark in 1968 and Norway in 1977) reveal more about the legendary figure, his group interaction and endorsement deals of the day, but neither comes close to the hip-thrusting vitality of that spellbinding Newport tear through Got My Mojo Working. It may very well be the most exciting glimpse of Muddy Waters's cut-loose greatness ever captured. For blues fans, this is on a par with Hendrix torching his Strat and then smashing it to fiery splinters at Monterey. You need to see it.