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The Definitive Collection [Geffen]

The Definitive Collection [Geffen]

by Muddy Waters Muddy Waters
The Definitive Collection [Geffen]

The Definitive Collection [Geffen]

by Muddy Waters Muddy Waters




There are scores of Muddy Waters compilations out there, and while it might be overreaching a bit to call this 24-track single-disc set definitive, it is still a mighty good selection, including as it does all of Waters' major singles from Chess Records and its Aristocrat Records imprint between the years 1948 and 1964 along with a single track from 1976's Hard Again, Waters' first actual LP, which was released on the Columbia subsidiary Blue Sky and produced by Johnny Winter. All that's really missing here in order to give this set a full sweep through Waters' career is a couple of tracks from the series of field recordings Alan Lomax did with Waters in 1941 and 1942 when Muddy was still known as McKinley Morganfield, with "I Be's Troubled" being the most likely candidate, since it was the song Muddy rewrote for his first single, 1948's brilliantly intimate "I Can't Be Satisfied," the song that kicks off this set. Other obvious highlights here include 1950's "Louisiana Blues," a chunk of swampy blues that was harmonica man Little Walter's debut recording with Waters, the spooky but bright "I'm Ready" (one wonders what Waters would think of this song being used for a Viagra commercial) from 1954, and the chugging original recording of "Got My Mojo Working" from 1957. "You Shook Me" from 1962 features a Waters vocal over a basic track recorded by Earl Hooker a year earlier, yet still manages to sound edgy and immediate. "My Home Is in the Delta," an acoustic outing from 1963 featuring Buddy Guy, is a low-key and atmospheric masterpiece that could well serve as Waters' own concise autobiography. The Winter-produced cut from 1976, "Crosseyed Cat," sounds big and messy by comparison, and leaving it off this compilation would have made 1964's "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had," Waters' last hit for Chess, a much more fitting final track. In the end, Waters' considerable reputation rests with his Chess sides, and deservedly so, and since all of the essential ones are here, this makes a close to ideal introduction to one of the most important voices in blues history.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498520123
catalogNumber: 000627302
Rank: 47567


  1. I Can't Be Satisfied
  2. I Feel Like Going Home
  3. Rollin' & Tumblin', Pt. 1
  4. Rollin' Stone
  5. Louisiana Blues
  6. Long Distance Call
  7. Still a Fool
  8. Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Baby Please Don't Go)
  9. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  10. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  11. I'm Ready
  12. Mannish Boy
  13. Trouble No More
  14. Forty Days and Forty Nights
  15. Don't Go No Farther
  16. Got My Mojo Working
  17. Rock Me
  18. Walkin' Thru the Park
  19. Take the Bitter with the Sweet
  20. You Shook Me
  21. My Home Is in the Delta
  22. The Same Thing
  23. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
  24. Crosseyed Cat

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muddy Waters   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
James Cotton   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Earl Hooker   Guitar
Little Walter   Harmonica
A.C. Reed   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Winter   Guitar,screams
Bob Margolin   Guitar
Fred Below   Drums
Charles Calmese   Bass
Leonard Chess   Bass Drums
Francis Clay   Drums
Elgin Evans   Drums
Pat Hare   Guitar
Clifton James   Drums
Lafayette Leake   Piano
S.P. Leary   Drums
Jimmy Rogers   Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith   Drums
Otis Spann   Piano
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Johnny Winter   Producer
Mary Katherine Aldin   Liner Notes
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
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Preston Foster   Composer

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