Muddy Waters

The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles A's & B's: 1947-1962

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Muddy Waters brought a Son House-like Delta country-blues style north with him from Mississippi to Chicago in 1943, intent on making a living from music. Switching from acoustic to electric guitar in order to be better heard in the Chicago clubs and bars, Waters gradually assembled one of the greatest ongoing bands in the history of blues, and in the process, Waters and his band assembled the very template for classic Chicago blues. Waters first cut a track for the Chess Brothers in 1947, who released it on their Aristocrat Records imprint, and for the next two decades or so, Waters turned out the basic iconic catalog of electric Chicago blues for various Chess imprints, and those singles, both A- and B-sides, are collected here in this four-disc, 98-track set. Waters was an astute bandleader, and musicians like Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Willie Dixon, and Otis Spann all contributed heavily to these sides, which sit at the very heart of Chicago blues, and signal the very point where the blues became modern and urban.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:34
2 2:32
3 2:42
4 3:10
5 2:47
6 2:33
7 2:37
8 2:16
9 3:16
10 2:28
11 2:47
12 2:44
13 3:07
14 3:04
15 3:01
16 2:34
17 3:07
18 2:57
19 3:07
20 3:01
21 2:54
22 2:12
23 2:40
24 3:13
25 2:49
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