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Hoochie Coochie Man: Complete Chess Masters, Vol. 2: 1952-1958

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Vol. 2 designation of this limited-edition double CD may confuse some people, who might reasonably wonder where "Vol. 1" is. Actually, "Vol. 1" was Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection, which came out as a regular retail release in stores and covered Muddy Waters' complete recorded output from 1947 through September of 1952. Picking up right where that release left off, this much more elaborately packaged 51-track double-CD set captures Muddy at the peak of his game, dominating the Chicago blues scene (and, almost equally so, the national blues dialogue) and bursting with understated confidence and energy -- in his playing as well as his singing -- in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Vol. 2 designation of this limited-edition double CD may confuse some people, who might reasonably wonder where "Vol. 1" is. Actually, "Vol. 1" was Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection, which came out as a regular retail release in stores and covered Muddy Waters' complete recorded output from 1947 through September of 1952. Picking up right where that release left off, this much more elaborately packaged 51-track double-CD set captures Muddy at the peak of his game, dominating the Chicago blues scene (and, almost equally so, the national blues dialogue) and bursting with understated confidence and energy -- in his playing as well as his singing -- in the early years. The set takes listeners song by song across the mid-'50s, coinciding with the arrival of rock & roll and the subtle changes the latter caused in even his music -- switching away from playing guitar and turning that responsibility over to younger musicians in the course of trying to compete in a world dominated by ever younger rock & rollers. The producers have done an impressive technical job, the sound on the individual songs being consistently clean and sharp, even if many of the early-'50s masters don't exactly lend themselves to high-resolution playback. They're also offering a large handful of alternate takes scattered throughout the two discs, illuminating Muddy and his band working through some of these pieces to get to the finished versions with which they were happy. The annotation by Mary Katherine Aldin paints a vivid picture of the participants (especially Willie Dixon) and the backgrounds to the individual sessions and songs -- her notes are appended by a very handsome color and black-and-white photo array and a full sessionography. One factor that may cause potential buyers to hesitate on this set is the cost -- as a Hip-O Select release it lists for $50, and that is steep; on the other hand, the listening will keep any serious blues fan busy for quite a while. And given the fact that Muddy Waters only recorded singles in those days -- he didn't do an actual album session until the Big Bill Broonzy tribute LP at the end of the decade -- a set like this is the logical way to absorb his work from this phase of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602498626801
  • Catalog Number: 000275802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Standing Around Crying (3:22)
  2. 2 Gone to Main Street (2:28)
  3. 3 Iodine in My Coffee (3:31)
  4. 4 Flood (2:40)
  5. 5 My Life Is Ruined (Landlady) (2:38)
  6. 6 She's All Right (2:30)
  7. 7 She's All Right (2:29)
  8. 8 Sad, Sad Day (3:43)
  9. 9 Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Baby Please Don't Go) (2:41)
  10. 10 Baby Please Don't Go (3:16)
  11. 11 Loving Man (2:28)
  12. 12 Blow Wind Blow (3:09)
  13. 13 Mad Love (I Want You to Love Me) (3:04)
  14. 14 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (2:47)
  15. 15 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (2:51)
  16. 16 She's So Pretty (2:13)
  17. 17 I Just Want to Make Love to You (2:53)
  18. 18 Oh Yeh (Oh Yeah) (2:58)
  19. 19 I'm Ready (3:04)
  20. 20 Smokestack Lightning (3:07)
  21. 21 I Don't Know Why (2:53)
  22. 22 I'm a Natural Born Lover (2:51)
  23. 23 Ooh Wee (2:45)
  24. 24 This Pain (3:07)
  25. 25 Young Fashioned Ways (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Want to Be Loved (2:44)
  2. 2 My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble) (3:12)
  3. 3 Mannish Boy (2:55)
  4. 4 I Got to Find My Baby (2:49)
  5. 5 Sugar Sweet (2:30)
  6. 6 Trouble No More (2:41)
  7. 7 Clouds in My Heart (2:58)
  8. 8 Forty Days and Forty Nights (2:52)
  9. 9 All Aboard (2:56)
  10. 10 Just to Be with You (3:15)
  11. 11 Don't Go No Farther (2:55)
  12. 12 Diamonds at Your Feet (2:26)
  13. 13 I Love the Life I Live (I Live the Life I Love) (2:51)
  14. 14 Rock Me (3:12)
  15. 15 Look What You've Done (2:24)
  16. 16 Got My Mojo Working (2:52)
  17. 17 Good News (2:49)
  18. 18 Evil (2:16)
  19. 19 Come Home Baby, I Wish You Would (2:54)
  20. 20 Let Me Hang Around (2:14)
  21. 21 I Won't Go On (2:56)
  22. 22 She's Got It (2:49)
  23. 23 Born Lover (2:33)
  24. 24 She's Nineteen Years Old (3:18)
  25. 25 Close to You (3:06)
  26. 26 She's Got It (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Little Walter Harmonica
Junior Wells Harmonica
Robert Lockwood Jr. Guitar
Fred Below Drums
Francis Clay Drums
Ernest "Big" Crawford Bass
Elgin Evans Drums
Pat Hare Guitar
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Otis Spann Piano
Luther Tucker Guitar
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer, Producer
Mary Katherine Aldin Liner Notes
Howlin' Wolf Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Mel London Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
James Burke Oden Composer
Bernard Roth Composer
Happy Walker Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Preston Foster Composer
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