Album Details

May 02, 2011
Not Now Music
Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Blues Revival, Slide Guitar Blues, Regional Blues, Electric Blues

Album Review

At three CDs and a generous 78 tracks, this set from U.K. reissue specialist Not Now Music does a good job of capturing the great early years of Muddy Waters on the various Chess imprints in the late 1940s and into the '50s when he was masterfully creating and defining the sturdy template for electric Chicago blues. This is wonderful stuff, recorded when Waters was at the very top of his game, turning out side after side of raw but somehow still elegant blues tracks like 1947’s “Little Anna Mae” and “Gypsy Woman,” 1951’s “Honey Bee,” 1948’s “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and 1956’s “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” to name just a few of the many classic tracks collected here. Muddy Waters was always Muddy Waters throughout his long career, but the Chess years covered here find him at his most vital.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
  2. Baby Please Don't Go
  3. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1
  4. Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 2
  5. Gypsy Woman
  6. I Just Want to Make Love to You
  7. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead & Gone)
  8. Standin' Here Tremblin'
  9. They Call Me Muddy Waters
  10. Just a Dream (On My Mind)
  11. Streamline Woman
  12. She's All Right
  13. I Feel Like Going Home
  14. Mopper's Blues
  15. Honey Bee
  16. She's Into Something
  17. I Can't Be Satisfied
  18. Rock Me
  19. When I Get to Thinking
  20. Too Young to Know
  21. I Want to Be Loved
  22. Please Have Mercy
  23. Trouble No More
  24. Sad, Sad Day
  25. Train Fare Home Blues
  26. Mannish Boy
  27. I'm Ready
  28. Forty Days and Forty Nights
  29. Smokestack Lightnin'
  30. She Moves Me
  31. Hey Hey
  32. Lonesome Road Blues
  33. Hard Day Blues
  34. Just To Be with You
  35. Walking Blues
  36. Loving Man
  37. Flood
  38. Diamonds at Your Feet
  39. Still a Fool
  40. Long Distance Call
  41. Tell Me Baby
  42. Look What You've Done
  43. Gone to Main Street
  44. My Life Is Ruined
  45. Mad Love (I Want You to Love Me)
  46. Good Looking Woman
  47. Burying Ground Blues
  48. Ooh Wee
  49. Where's My Woman Been
  50. Southbound Train
  51. Got My Mojo Working
  52. Evil
  53. Howlin' Wolf
  54. Louisiana Blues
  55. Rollin' Stone
  56. I Feel So Good
  57. Oh Yeh
  58. Baby Please Don't Go [Alt. Ver.] [Version]
  59. Mean Red Spider
  60. Muddy Jumps One
  61. Sad Letter Blues
  62. All Night Long
  63. She's Nineteen Years Old
  64. Double Trouble
  65. I Done Got Wise
  66. Little Anna Mae
  67. Don't Go No Further
  68. I Love the Life I Live (I Live the Life I Love)
  69. Clouds in My Heart
  70. Stuff You Gotta Watch
  71. Close to You
  72. Mean Disposition
  73. Jitterbug Blues
  74. This Pain
  75. Screamin' and Cryin'