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Album Review

There have been countless collections of Muddy Waters' classic Chess material released over the years, but Chess began to whittle down the domestic catalog toward the late '90s. The triple-disc Chess box remained in print, but they added two single-disc collections that each covered a specific period in Waters' career at Chess. Then, in 2001, MCA/Chess released The Anthology, a double-disc set that essentially contained much of those two single-disc collections, with several extra tracks, remastering and new liner notes. This still didn't correct the lack of a concise, single-disc overview with all the hits — something that Muddy, Chuck Berry, and Howlin' Wolf all desperately need — but if you're going to be buying two discs to get the full Muddy Waters story, you should get this instead of two separate discs, since it's simply easier. Besides this, even if it does contain a bunch of familiar material, it also contains some of the greatest music of the 20th century, and if you're not going to get the box but still want a comprehensive Muddy set, this is it.

Customer Reviews

Good quality, good collection.

A great set of songs with pretty good recordings. Some other albums have similar songs, but if you are new to Muddy Waters, this is a good starting set with good clarity. Try other albums for some of his other famous songs or other performances of these classics.

Windy City Blues

Great blues performer, very nice material. But the music isn't the only attractive thing on this album, There's about 50 songs for 20 bucks, and those 50 songs capture his works perfectly, so this is an amazing must-buy value.

this is good...

i was going to just pick a song, but they're all off the hook...and 50 songs, 20 dollars??? come on!


Born: April 4, 1915 in Rolling Fork, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Muddy Waters was the single most important artist to emerge in post-war American blues. A peerless singer, a gifted songwriter, an able guitarist, and leader of one of the strongest bands in the genre (which became a proving ground for a number of musicians who would become legends in their own right), Waters absorbed the influences of rural blues from the Deep South and moved them uptown, injecting his music with a fierce, electric energy and helping pioneer the Chicago Blues style that would come...
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