Anthology: 1947-1972

Anthology: 1947-1972

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by Muddy Waters
     
 

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Fifty cuts by the late great Muddy Waters is a fine choice anytime, because the Chicago singer/songwriter/guitarist remains the pivotal figure in American electric blues. Waters took the sounds of the Delta to the city and never looked back, but he also never forgot where he came from. Anthology 1947-72 traces much of that transition via Muddy’s recordings forSee more details below

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Fifty cuts by the late great Muddy Waters is a fine choice anytime, because the Chicago singer/songwriter/guitarist remains the pivotal figure in American electric blues. Waters took the sounds of the Delta to the city and never looked back, but he also never forgot where he came from. Anthology 1947-72 traces much of that transition via Muddy’s recordings for Chess Records. There are the classics -- “Good Morning Little School Girl,” “Got My Mojo Working,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “Mannish Boy” -- but lesser-known tunes give the listener deeper insight into this bluesman's power. The plaintive feelings Waters had for his Mississippi homeland come through on “I Feel Like Going Home,” “My Home Is in the Delta,” and “Train Fair Home Blues.” “Stuff You Gotta Watch” and “I’m Ready” capture the sounds of juke joints and South Side Chicago blues clubs of the ‘50s. “Long Distance Call” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You” give insight into Waters as a supreme entertainer. He could laugh and cry in the same tune, his voice and guitar working together as smoothly as the assembly line workers who left their jobs on Fridays and headed to catch Muddy Waters live. Anthology 1947-72 doesn’t replace The Chess Box set of three CDs; it simply streamlines it into two discs, but more important, it’s a reminder that Muddy Waters is hard again, and the virility of his music never falters.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Chess
UPC:
0008811264925
Rank:
27836

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gypsy Woman
  2. I Can't Be Satisfied
  3. I Feel Like Going Home
  4. Train Fare Home Blues
  5. Mean Red Spider
  6. Standin' Here Tremblin
  7. You Gonna Need My Help
  8. Little Geneva
  9. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1
  10. Rollin' Stone
  11. Walkin' Blues
  12. Louisiana Blues
  13. Long Distance Call
  14. Honey Bee
  15. Country Boy
  16. She Moves Me
  17. Still a Fool
  18. Stuff You Gotta Watch
  19. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone
  20. Standin' Around Cryin'
  21. Baby Please Don't Go
  22. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  23. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  24. I'm Ready
  25. Young Fashioned Ways
  26. I Want to Be Loved

Disc 2

  1. My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble)
  2. Mannish Boy
  3. Sugar Sweet
  4. Trouble No More
  5. Forty Days and Forty Nights
  6. Just to Be With You
  7. Don't Go No Farther
  8. Diamonds at Your Feet
  9. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love
  10. Got My Mojo Working
  11. Rock Me
  12. Look What You've Done
  13. She's Nineteen Years Old
  14. Close to You
  15. Walking Thru the Park
  16. Take the Bitter With the Sweet
  17. I Feel So Good
  18. You Shook Me
  19. My Home Is in the Delta
  20. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  21. The Same Thing
  22. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
  23. All Aboard
  24. Can't Get No Grindin'

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muddy Waters   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
James Cotton   Harmonica
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Earl Hooker   Guitar
Little Walter   Harmonica
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Junior Wells   Harmonica
Phil Upchurch   Bass
Sam Lay   Drums
Fred Below   Drums
Jeffrey M. Carp   Harmonica
Leonard Chess   Bass Drums
Francis Clay   Drums
Elgin Evans   Drums
Leroy Foster   Guitar
Pat Hare   Guitar
Clifton James   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Sunnyland Slim   Piano
Otis Spann   Piano
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Fred Robinson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
Leonard Chess   Producer
Norman Dayron   Producer
Andy McKaie   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
James Oden   Composer

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