72 of the greatest recordings by the original Hoochie Coochie Man-over 3 1/2 hours!-including blues classics Baby Please Don't Go; Mannish Boy; Rollin' Stone; Evil; I'm Ready; Just Make Love to You , etc. and a host of rarities. Comes with that killer band and a photo-packed, 32-page booklet.
For the completist, this three-CD, 72-song box remains the definitive collection of one of the leading lights of Chicago blues. The collection spans 25 years, beginning with rare early recordings with pianist Sunnyland Slim and moving through Waters's peak '50s period, which offered the legendary support of Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Otis Spann. Luminaries including Pat Hare, James Cotton, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Pinetop Perkins all make valuable contributions to his '60s work. Along with his original hits and his noteworthy Willie Dixon interpretations, Chess wisely includes his lesser-known covers of Big Bill Broonzy, Howlin' Wolf, Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, and Sonny Boy Williamson. --Marc Greilsamer