DVD Release: Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981

DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
Price: DVD $14.98, DVD/CD $19.98
Studio: Eagle Rock

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 scene

Mick and Muddy give it up for rock and blues at The Checkerboard Lounge.

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 represents a one-night-only, now-legendary coming-together of the renowned  bluesman and the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band.

On Nov. 22, 1981, The Stones were touring America to promote their Tattoo You album when they had a night off in Chicago. What to do? The decision was a no-brainer, as they quickly learned that Muddy Waters was in town that night performing at the beloved Checkerboard Lounge. It didn’t take long before Muddy called up to the stage the attending Stones: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Ian Stewart. The British bad boys wound up jamming with Muddy and his band for nearly an hour-and-a-half, joined by ace guitarist Buddy Guy (who owned the club) and harmonica player Junior Wells.

Along with the DVD edition, Eagle Rock is issuing a two-disc DVD/CD combo pack, which contains an audio recording of 11 of the evening’s songs.

The release (restored from the original footage with sound mixed and mastered by well-known engineer Bob Clearmountain) features the entire evening of music. Video and audio snippets of the show have been available in unauthorized formats (read: bootleg!) for decades. But now we have the genuine article.

Checkerboard Lounge is the latest title in a series of vintage Stones releases from Eagle Rock, following Stones in Exile, Some Girls, Live in Texas, ’78 and Ladies and Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones.

Here are the track listings for the DVD and CD:

1) Sweet Little Angel
2) Flip Flop And Fly
3) Muddy Waters Introduction
4) You Don’t Have To Go
5) Country Boy
6) Baby Please Don’t Go
7) Hoochie Coochie Man
8 ) Long Distance Call
9) Mannish Boy
10) Got My Mojo Working
11) Next Time You See Me
12) One Eyed Woman
13) Baby Please Don’t Go (Instrumental)
14) Blow Wind Blow
15) Champagne & Reefer

1) Introduction Instrumental
2) You Don’t Have To Go
3) Baby Please Don’t’ Go
4) Hoochie Coochie Man
5) Long Distance Call
6) Mannish Boy
7) Got My Mojo Working
8 ) Next Time You See Me
9) One Eyed Woman
10) Blow Wind Blow
11) Champagne & Reefer


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.