The companion volume to the first Waters entry in the Real Folk Blues series is even more down-home than the first. Featuring another brace of early Chess sides from 1948-1952, this release features some essential tracks not found on The Chess Box. With the bludgeoning stomp of "She's Alright" featuring Elgin Evans' outstanding drumming and the moody introspection of "My Life Is Ruined" to be counted up among the numerous highlights, this is a fine budget package that Muddy (and lovers of early Chicago blues) fans certainly shouldn't overlook.
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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda