Originally filmed for German public television, this concert film presents a reinvigorated Muddy Waters leading an exceptional band through a set of blues originals and covers on October 29, 1976 — less than a month before he'd appear with The Band for "The Last Waltz." Also features a guest performance by Junior Wells.
Muddy Waters turned 60 somewhere between 1973 and 1975 (his social security card says ’73; his gravestone ’75). His 50s had been a disappointing decade. He hadn’t had a single on the R&B charts since 1958. His discovery by the rock audience had resulted in larger audiences but weaker records. He was in danger of becoming a nostalgia act. But as evidenced by “Muddy Waters Rhythm & Blues Band,” Waters turned that around and made his 60s a far more productive time.