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Chess Box [Best of, Box set]

Muddy Waters Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Gypsy Woman
2. Good Looking Woman
3. Mean Disposition
4. I Can't Be Satisfied
5. I Feel Like Going Home
6. Train Fare Home Blues
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Just Want To Make Love To You
2. I'm Ready
3. Smokestack Lightnin'
4. Young Fashioned Ways
5. Mannish Boy
6. Trouble No More
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I Feel So Good (Live)
2. You Shook Me
3. You Need Love
4. Twenty Four Hours
5. Elevate Me Mama (Alt. Take)
6. So Glad I'm Living
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars In short: all you need April 15 2003
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Okay, that's it, that way my review right there in the title.
These three CDs have every important studio recording that Muddy Waters made for Chess - all you need besides this is "Live at Newport", and you're set. Well, that, and maybe the acoustic "Folk Singer" album.
Having said that, this is an expensive set, and in spite of some extra tracks (most of which aren't absolutely necessary), it may be too expensive.
The double-disc "The Anthology: 1947-1972" costs almost twenty bucks less, and serves its purpose almost as well. And you can use the money you save to buy Waters' three Blue Sky-albums :o)
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More casual fans will probably be better served by MCA/Chess's much cheaper (but very good) two-disc compilation "The Anthology: 1947-1972". But if you're looking for the best and currently most thorough available overview of Muddy's recordings for Aristocrat and Chess, this is it.
It is not the final word on Muddy Waters - his excellent latter-day recordings with Johnny Winter as producer aren't here, and you'll need some of his live stuff as well - but these 72 tracks do include the vast majority of his best songs from 1947 and twenty-five years on.
Disc one spans 1947-1954, and most of the 24 tracks feature just Muddy Waters on slide guitar and bassist Ernest "Big" Crawford backing him, although the great Sunnyland Slim rolls the ivories on a few songs, like the delightful 1947 single "Gypsy Woman".
Muddy's arsenal of slide guitar riffs may seem limited, but his playing on the 1948 hit "I Can't Be Satisfied" and the mellow "Train Fare Home" is really great, demonstrating what a fine guitarist he actually was.
Percussion doesn't show up until two-thirds of the way through the disc, when the "classic" Muddy Waters band begins to take shape: Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on second guitar, drummer Elgin Evans, and Otis Spann playing the piano.
Along with the songs already mentioned, the lean, mean "I Feel Like Going Home" and "Rollin' And Tumblin'" are among the highlights on disc 1, which ends with the tough, swinging "Blow Wind Blow" and the classic "Hoochie Coochie Man". Big Walter Horton plays superb harmonica on "Blow Wind Blow".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best from the best May 3 2002
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This is the only box set that I can think of that could be essential. All of these historic recording, represents one of the greatest achivements of popular music in the 20th century. Muddy Waters changed music forever. The first half of disc one alraedy delivers some of best performance ever, like 'feel like going home'and 'cant be satisfied', Muddy's first big sellers that turned him into a star. He was still playing very much in the Delta style, although by that time he was cooking in juke joints with one of the best blues band ever. The recordings included in the second half of disc one and practically all disc two are simply in a league of its own, comparably only perhaps to Elvis sun sessions and Loui Armstrong hot five and sevens in terms of perfection and influence in music. Disc three proves that the man could not make a bad record, and includes a live track from Live at Newport, your next essential purchase.
The box includes a booklet with details of every session, and essays on Muddy the man and the musician. This is as good as blues music can get.
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A comprehensive collection from the best bluesman ever. Sure, others have done significant recordings, established new sounds, forged creative sounds, but no one has been *the man* for decades, like Muddy has. Regardless of whether it is these priceless early recordings where the genius was just starting to come through or whether it is any of the numerous eras Muddy went through, they are all well represented on this set.
The supporting book is one of the best I've seen ever. It is comprehensive, has new and unusal photos, and gives a good history of Waters' recordings.
The one belongs in the "if I was on a desert island and take only one CD, which one would it be" category.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy was a true force of nature! March 27 1999
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Muddy Waters could have probably used his voice well in many ways. One can almost imagine Muddy the Baseball Umpire: "STRIKE THREE-E-E-E!!! (Do you want to argue?). He probably could have serviced equally well the position of One Man Wrecking Crew, using only his voice. Nonetheless, it is just as well that Muddy used his voice and wit for singing. Many of the biggest rock bands were inspired by Muddy, maybe the some of today's musicians are or will be similarly inspired. Songs like Mannish Boy could only be sung by a man's man, a Muddy Waters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Picasso of blues Oct. 14 1999
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Muddy Waters was a giant of 20th century culture. I'm not even that big a blues fan and this collection blows me away. His voice rumbles and rolls across all kinds of songs, always brilliant, always soulful, purely and peerlessly authentic. Who else could sing a line like "Telephone is ringin', sounds like a long-distance call/I pick up the receiver, party say another mule's kickin' in your stall" with the same powerful blend of brave sadness and humor. Okay, maybe Howlin' Wolf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner
At the risk of repeating the other reviewers, I'll just say this is a great compilation of the most influential bluesman in history (not discounting Robert Johnson). Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2006 by Allan Tong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start.............
For those of you who like the old blues,then I suggest that you get this one.It may not have everything he ever did and there may not be very many rare tracks,but why quibble? Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Candy Mcclellan
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
Attempting to capture the complexity and diversity of this artist in one box set is both troublesome and incomplete. Read more
Published on March 30 2003 by Menotyou
5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy, he da man!
This is a definite winner for anyone who is interested in starting a collection of "Basic Blues. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2001 by Larry A. Feller
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential!
Muddy Waters is the Blues! This set will prove that. It does afantastic job of ccovering his material from his years at Chess Records. Read more
Published on May 4 2000 by "oldtimerocker"
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues 101 through Blues 610
Muddy Waters - Chicago Electric Blues - he is THE ONE who made it happen. From his first sides for Chess in the late 40s till he left the label, he was the boss. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by "gordon@ruraltel.net"
5.0 out of 5 stars the fullest set and very essential
this is a must have.having all these essentials from the genius of Muddy Waters.from Rolling stone to the same thing.hearing his great riffs and the timeless material. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2000 by mistermaxxx08
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads o' Muddy Waters
The essentials are all here. If you dig a heavy dose of all things Muddy, this is the place to go. A wonderful overview of every period of Muddy's career. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 1999 by "wednightprayermeeting"
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