Muddy Waters

The Anthology: 1947-1972

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There have been countless collections of Muddy Waters' classic Chess material released over the years, but Chess began to whittle down the domestic catalog toward the late '90s. The triple-disc Chess box remained in print, but they added two single-disc collections that each covered a specific period in Waters' career at Chess. Then, in 2001, MCA/Chess released The Anthology, a double-disc set that essentially contained much of those two single-disc collections, with several extra tracks, remastering and new liner notes. This still didn't correct the lack of a concise, single-disc overview with all the hits -- something that Muddy, Chuck Berry, and Howlin' Wolf all desperately need -- but if you're going to be buying two discs to get the full Muddy Waters story, you should get this instead of two separate discs, since it's simply easier. Besides this, even if it does contain a bunch of familiar material, it also contains some of the greatest music of the 20th century, and if you're not going to get the box but still want a comprehensive Muddy set, this is it.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:35
2 2:43 Amazon
3 3:12 Amazon
4 2:48 Amazon
5 2:19
6 2:27 Amazon
7 3:03 Amazon
8 2:48 Amazon
9 2:59 Amazon
10 3:08 Amazon
11 2:58
12 2:54
13 2:41 Amazon
14 3:22 Amazon
15 3:13 Amazon
16 2:58 Amazon
17 3:19 Amazon
18 2:51 Amazon
19 3:04 Amazon
20 3:23
21 3:18
22 2:48 Amazon
23 2:52 Amazon
24 3:05 Amazon
25 3:02 Amazon
26 2:42

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:12 Amazon
2 2:58 Amazon
3 2:31 Amazon
4 2:42
5 2:53 Amazon
6 3:15 Amazon
7 2:56 Amazon
8 2:26 Amazon
9 2:52 Amazon
10 2:53
11 3:13 Amazon
12 2:24 Amazon
13 3:19 Amazon
14 3:07 Amazon
15 2:47 Amazon
16 3:08 Amazon
17 2:58 Amazon
18 2:44 Amazon
19 4:00 Amazon
20 3:15 Amazon
21 2:44 Amazon
22 2:57 Amazon
23 2:53 Amazon
24 2:45 Amazon
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