Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter & James Cotton

Bathing in the glow of such success, Waters, Winter, and Cotton assembled a crack touring outfit that included musicians from the Hard Again sessions and for an all-too-brief time, hit the road together. The group included the renowned guitarist Bob Margolin, pianist Pinetop Perkins, and drummer Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Cotton brought in his bassist Charles Calmese as well. With old comrade James Cotton blowing harp and Johnny Winter as his co-stars, Waters was provoked to the heights he regularly reached decades earlier.

They were only together for a brief time, but this band was arguably the most impressive assemblage of blues talent ever. Everything they touched had extraordinary intensity. Selected live performances from this tour would be utilized to produce the follow-up albums, Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down and Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live with enough great material left over for Legacy to later release an expanded edition of the latter with a second disc of un-issued recordings.

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