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The Essence of Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

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You’d have to go deep into a box set to get a more thorough collection of essentials from legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. He was equally rooted in songs of the Mississippi Delta (having grown up in Clarksdale) and the blues sound of Chicago (where he relocated in 1943). The Essence of Muddy Waters opens with “Mannish Boy”—the song that purportedly gave The Rolling Stones their moniker. Waters recorded it in 1955 for the Chess label as a reply to Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man” (hence the similar repeating stop-time figure arrangement). Though the man’s distorted electric guitar tone and sinister harmonica honk are his legendary hallmarks, Waters’ vocal performances serve as a reminder that the man knew when to hold back, as heard on his cover of Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go.” He also knew when to wail out the chorus, like in the middle of his hard-driving take on Preston Foster’s “Got My Mojo Working.” Waters’ work on the slide guitar was another amazing talent. “You’re Gonna Miss Me (When I’m Dead And Gone)” exemplifies his prowess. 

Customer Reviews


50 muddy waters songs for $6? Lemme think.... HELL YES!!!

Muddy Waters was for real

Muddy didn't just play and sing. He lived his music.

Change the track titles Itunes!

Muddy Waters is a legend and deserves his songs to be titled correctly!
Plus six bucks simply feels like an insult to such a legend.


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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