The Anthology: 1947-1972

The Anthology: 1947-1972

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Chess
UPC: 0008811264925
catalogNumber: 112649
Rank: 56274

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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