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Chess Box Best of, Box set
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|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|
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|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|
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|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|
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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".Read more ›
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)
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 26 2006 by Allan Tong
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Candy Mcclellan
Attempting to capture the complexity and diversity of this artist in one box set is both troublesome and incomplete. Read morePublished on March 30 2003 by Menotyou
This is a definite winner for anyone who is interested in starting a collection of "Basic Blues. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on May 4 2000
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 morePublished on Feb. 8 2000
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 morePublished on Jan. 17 2000 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
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