The Chess Box

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Chess Box does not contain all the great music Muddy Waters made. His talent and legacy are too large to be captured in a mere three discs, even one that spans from 1947 to 1972. This means, of course, that his legendary plantation recordings with Alan Lomax are not here, nor is his dynamic late-'70s comeback, Hard Again. But, truth be told, it doesn't feel like they're missing, since Waters' legend was built on the music that he made for Chess, and much of the greatest of that is here. Few box sets have chronicled an artist's best work as effectively as this; even the handful of rare, previously unreleased recordings sit perfectly next to the essential ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Chess Box does not contain all the great music Muddy Waters made. His talent and legacy are too large to be captured in a mere three discs, even one that spans from 1947 to 1972. This means, of course, that his legendary plantation recordings with Alan Lomax are not here, nor is his dynamic late-'70s comeback, Hard Again. But, truth be told, it doesn't feel like they're missing, since Waters' legend was built on the music that he made for Chess, and much of the greatest of that is here. Few box sets have chronicled an artist's best work as effectively as this; even the handful of rare, previously unreleased recordings sit perfectly next to the essential singles this is particularly true of alternate takes of Fathers and Sons material. Sure, there are great Chess sides that aren't here, but those are great sides that the serious listener and aficionado need to seek out. For everybody else, this is a monumental chronicle of Waters at his best, illustrating his influence while providing rich, endlessly fascinating music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1989
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076741080229
  • Catalog Number: 80002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gypsy Woman (2:32)
  2. 2 Good Looking Woman (2:41)
  3. 3 Mean Disposition (2:33)
  4. 4 I Can't Be Satisfied (2:40)
  5. 5 I Feel Like Going Home (3:07)
  6. 6 Train Fare Home (2:45)
  7. 7 Mean Red Spider (2:15)
  8. 8 Streamline Woman (3:16)
  9. 9 Little Geneva (2:45)
  10. 10 Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 (2:57)
  11. 11 Rollin' Stone (3:05)
  12. 12 Walking Blues (2:55)
  13. 13 Louisiana Blues (2:32)
  14. 14 Evans Shuffle (Ebony Boogie) (2:10)
  15. 15 Long Distance Call (2:38)
  16. 16 Honey Bee (3:19)
  17. 17 She Moves Me (2:55)
  18. 18 Still a Fool (3:16)
  19. 19 Stuff You Gotta Watch (2:47)
  20. 20 Standing Around Crying (3:20)
  21. 21 Flood (2:38)
  22. 22 Baby Please Don't Go (3:15)
  23. 23 Blow Wind Blow (3:09)
  24. 24 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (2:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Just Want to Make Love to You (2:50)
  2. 2 I'm Ready (3:02)
  3. 3 Smokestack Lightning (3:06)
  4. 4 Young Fashioned Ways (2:59)
  5. 5 Mannish Boy (2:55)
  6. 6 Trouble No More (2:39)
  7. 7 Forty Days and Forty Nights (2:50)
  8. 8 Just to Be with You (3:13)
  9. 9 Don't Go No Farther (2:54)
  10. 10 Diamonds at Your Feet (2:24)
  11. 11 I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love (2:48)
  12. 12 Rock Me (3:10)
  13. 13 Look What You've Done (2:21)
  14. 14 Got My Mojo Working (2:50)
  15. 15 Good News (2:47)
  16. 16 Evil (2:17)
  17. 17 She's Nineteen Years Old (3:16)
  18. 18 Close to You (3:04)
  19. 19 Walkin' Thru the Park (2:44)
  20. 20 Blues Before Sunrise (3:51)
  21. 21 Lonesome Road Blues (3:02)
  22. 22 Take the Bitter with the Sweet (3:50)
  23. 23 She's into Something (2:44)
  24. 24 Southbound Train (2:53)
  25. 25 Double Trouble (2:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Feel So Good (2:56)
  2. 2 You Shook Me (2:44)
  3. 3 You Need Love (2:41)
  4. 4 Twenty-Four Hours (2:30)
  5. 5 Elevate Me Mama (3:03)
  6. 6 So Glad I'm Living (2:52)
  7. 7 My Love Strikes Like Lightning (2:43)
  8. 8 You Don't Have to Go (2:49)
  9. 9 The Things That I Used to Do (3:12)
  10. 10 My Home Is in the Delta (3:58)
  11. 11 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (3:12)
  12. 12 The Same Thing (2:43)
  13. 13 You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had (2:55)
  14. 14 Short Dress Woman (2:47)
  15. 15 Making Friends (2:36)
  16. 16 Black Night (3:17)
  17. 17 Bird Nest on the Ground (2:53)
  18. 18 Country Boy (4:48)
  19. 19 Sugar Sweet (2:16)
  20. 20 All Aboard (2:38)
  21. 21 Going Down Slow (4:07)
  22. 22 Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone [Original Hornless Londo [o (5:05)
  23. 23 Can't Get No Grindin' (What's the Matter with the Meal) (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Paul Butterfield Harmonica
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Buddy Guy Guitar
Earl Hooker Guitar
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Casey Jones Drums
Little Walter Guitar, Harmonica
A.C. Reed Tenor Saxophone
Junior Wells Harmonica
Rory Gallagher Guitar
Phil Upchurch Bass
Rick Grech Bass
Sam Lay Drums
Paul Oscher Harmonica
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones Bass
Paul Asbell Rhythm Guitar
Alex Atkins Alto Saxophone
Fred Below Drums
Big Crawford Bass
J.T. Brown Tenor Saxophone
Jeffrey M. Carp Chromatic Harmonica
Leonard Chess Bass Drums
Francis Clay Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Elgin Evans Drums, Washboard
Leroy Foster Guitar
Auburn Hare Guitar
Clifton James Drums
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
S.P. Leary Drums
Mitch Mitchell Drums
Pinetop Perkins Multi Instruments
Jimmy Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Sunnyland Slim Piano
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Otis Spann Piano
Luther Tucker Guitar
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker Organ, Piano
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Sonny Wimberley Bass
Andrew Stephens Bass
Carey Bell Harrington Harmonica
Marcus Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gene Barge Producer
Dennis DeYoung Composer
Ian Green Producer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Shirley Eikhard Composer
Mary Katherine Aldin Liner Notes, Reissue Production Assistance
Ralph Bass Producer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Norman Dayron Producer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
Bill Inglot Remixing
Jerry Livingston Composer
Tom Lofgren Contributor
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Muddy Waters Composer
Don Robey Composer
Otis Rush Composer
Billy Rush Composer
Otis Spann Composer
John Strother Remixing
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Mike Leadbitter Contributor
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
M. Christian Composer
Melvin Steals Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Carl G. Lampl Composer
Toni Cottura Composer
Aris Composer
Michel Ruppli Contributor
John Lyon Composer
Preston Foster Composer
H. Melka Composer
James Oden Composer
Margaret Whitfield Composer
McKinley Morgan Composer
Robby Krieger Composer
M. Ledbetter Composer
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Kesselbauer Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential, But Not Perfect

    These three discs contain the some of the greatest music of the 20th century. So, based on that alone, this is essential listening. HOWEVER, the Chess Box is poorly compiled in some spots, especially in regard to "Hoochie Coochie Man", which is not only Muddy's greatest song, but probably the greatest song that Electric Blues has ever produced (which is saying A LOT!). The compilers decided to not use the original version of "Hoochie", instead we get a flacid, almost unlistenable alternate. Plus, several of Muddy's greatest songs for Chess are, for whatever reason, missing in action. So, to get the full story on Muddy's Chess recordings, a true music fan should first get "His Best, 1947-1955" and "His Best, 1956-1972". These two discs contain Muddy's most seminal Chess recordings (including the un-equaled original recording of "Hoochie Coochie Man"), but they also have better sound. DO NOT get "The Anthology", since it has the same alt-take of "Hoochie" as the Chess Box. After getting the previously mentioned two discs, you should proceed on to The Chess Box, then to The Complete Plantation Recordings, then to Hard Again. If, after all that, you still want more Muddy, then get the Rollin' Stone: 1947-1952 (it has, literally, every song he recorded during those years) and The Anthology (it's expensive, but it has a few songs you can't get anywhere else). So, the point is this: Muddy Waters is way, way too big a musical legend to be contained in three discs. Get this, but you'll want more, more, more.

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