The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection: His Best, 1947 to 1955
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||I Can't Be Satisfied||Muddy Waters||2:43||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Feel Like Going Home||Muddy Waters||3:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Train Fare Blues||Muddy Waters||2:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1||Muddy Waters||3:00||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Rollin' Stone||Muddy Waters||3:08||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Louisiana Blues||Muddy Waters||2:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Long Distance Call||Muddy Waters||2:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Honey Bee||Muddy Waters||3:22||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||She Moves Me||Muddy Waters||2:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Still a Fool||Muddy Waters||3:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Standing Around Crying||Muddy Waters||3:23||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Baby Please Don't Go||Muddy Waters||3:18||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Mad Love (I Want You to Love Me)||Muddy Waters||3:03||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man||Muddy Waters||2:50||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Just Want to Make Love to You||Muddy Waters||2:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I'm Ready||Muddy Waters||3:05||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Young Fashioned Ways||Muddy Waters||3:02||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Mannish Boy||Muddy Waters||2:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Sugar Sweet||Muddy Waters||2:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Trouble No More||Muddy Waters||2:40||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Though Muddy Waters continued making plenty of amazing music for many years after the period encompassed here, this collection represents the very core of his catalog, the tracks upon which his legend was founded. Capturing the best tunes from Muddy's first decade of recording for the Chess label, it reaches all the way back to the spare, Delta-influenced songs the Chicago blues king cut in the '40s when Chess Records was still called Aristocrat. But the most iconic cuts here are the ones Muddy crafted in the early '50s, once he'd begun to incorporate the Windy City's urban/industrial milieu into his music. You can envision the clanging of massive factory machinery on the monolithic stomp of "Still a Fool" and "Standing Around Crying," even as Muddy's magisterial tones and the wailing harp of Little Walter and Junior Wells, respectively, add pure human passion to the mix. And as many times as "Mannish Boy" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" have been covered, the smoldering sensuality of the originals remains unmatchable.
The Godfather of Blues
This is the start of modern, urban blues. Muddy and Little Walter and the others wail on this one, and it's essential listening for anyone interested in modern American music. Peace.
Awesome, mandatory listening!
Pick this album up immediately, don't even think about it.
In short this a celabration of life. Not only one of the best blues albums but one of the best albums of all time. Anybody who makes music like this is flat out talented, that is just the bottom line. Overall, I think it is a five star album and fifve star muscian!
Born: April 4, 1915 in Rolling Fork, MS
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s