Mink DeVille is a legendary American rock band, who made their name as the house band at CBGBs from 1975 - 1977. They never really fitted in with their contemparies of the scene - new wave bands such as Blondie and Television, but that was part of their appeal. Mink DeVille's bluesy take on rock had a real appeal for fans, and made the connection with music such as early Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. After releasing a series of albums for Capitol, by 1981 Willy DeVille was the sole remaining original member of the band. From that point on, after getting a new recording contract with Atlantic, the band was made up of hired hands. In 2008, Eagle Rock released their 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival performance, showing a band at a fascinating crossroads between Punk and RnB (they even go so far as to cover Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’) and in the year before every original member had been dismissed. The result is an essential, electrifying document of a truly unique band. Willy sadly died in August 2009; it is not hyperbole to say that the world lost a true musical great.