The series from the Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG celebrate the festival’s
55-year history and the timeless artists that have graced its stages
Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG today announce the next anticipated instalment in The Montreux Years collection series with ‘Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years’ and ‘Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years’ to be released on Friday 27 August 2021. Available on multi-format configurations including double LP as well as download and streaming services (including TIDAL Masters), the two new full-length albums feature captivating performances from Marianne Faithfull and Muddy Waters’ multiple appearances at the iconic Swiss festival for the very first time, recorded and remastered in breath-taking quality.
Pre-order ‘Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years’
and Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years’ here.
The Montreux Years is the embodiment of the spirit of the Montreux Jazz Festival and the legacy of its much-loved founder, Claude Nobs. Nobs refused to compromise on quality or settle for anything other than the best and this ethos lives on in the superb quality of the recordings compiled in The Montreux Years. Mastering has been performed by Tony Cousins at London’s iconic Metropolis Studios, incorporating MQA to capture the original sound of these special live performances. Similar to the first albums in the series, Nina Simone and Etta James, the Marianne Faithfull and Muddy Waters albums will be accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography.
Instantly recognisable with her raw, varied vocal talents and tangible charisma, Marianne Faithfull has been a long-time friend of the Montreux Jazz Festival, appearing five times over a nearly 15-year period: 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2009. The first live album of Faithfull in over 10 years, ‘Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years’ opens with an enchanting rendition of Van Morrison’s Madame George, recorded live at Auditorium Stravinski on 10th July 1995, where her powerful range and unfaltering dynamism is instantly apparent.
Fans of Faithfull can immerse themselves in these unique recordings which include several songs from her celebrated album Broken English, such as an electrifying, guitar-heavy performance of the titular track Broken English, the soaring Guilt and John Lennon’s rousing anthem Working Class Hero. Meanwhile, the haunting sensitivity of Strange Weather, recorded live at Casino Barrière 6th July 2005, captures the bottomless depths of Faithfull’s brutal and ragged beauty.
An unstoppable blues colossus, the king of Chicago Muddy Waters was the hot ticket during his run of appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the 1970s. Already a cultural and musical force to behold when festival founder Claude Nobs first caught him live in 1965, Waters found critical acclaim outside of the US, sparking the blues revival in the U.K. and finding a clamouring crowd in Montreux.
The Montreux Years brings together an impressive repertoire of Waters’ blues classics, from the chugging standard Mannish Boy and genre defining I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man to the stripped-back majesty of Rosalie, all oozing with effortless style and Delta swagger.
Thierry Amsallem, Claude Nobs’ Universal Legatee, Chair/CEO of Montreux Sounds and Chair of Claude Nobs Foundation, says: “These latest additions to The Montreux Years series celebrate Claude’s legacy of bringing together brilliant, era-defining artists, creating unique, unforgettable events.”
Mathieu Jaton, CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival, added: “Muddy Waters and Marianne Faithfull have both made indelible marks on the Montreux Jazz Festival and these releases will immortalise their iconic performances for fans both new and old in stunning quality.”
‘Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years’ and ‘Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years’ are the second instalment of The Montreux Years series, which started with two true titans Nina Simone and Etta James. Both receiving critical acclaim, ‘Nina Simone: The Montreux Years’ debuted at #1 on the UK Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.
‘Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years’ is released on Friday,
27 August 2021 Pre-order here
‘Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years’ is released on Friday,
27 August 2021 Pre-order here