Feel Like Going Home

Muddy Waters

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Feel Like Going Home Review

by Bruce Eder

Feel Like Going Home is a compilation of Muddy Waters' earliest sides, dating between his days at Stovall's Plantation in the early 1940s and his October 1950 sessions for Chess Records, all assembled in no particular order. The CD's manufacturer, Complete Blues, is associated with Charly Records and is taking advantage of very lax European copyright laws, so the morality of buying from them is dubious -- the Muddy Waters CDs from MCA-Universal (successor to the Chess label) generate royalties to Waters' family, and also tend to be more coherent thematically. On a purely technical level, the mastering is very good and the annotation gives a decent career-length profile of the artist.

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