Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters [Black Label]

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For an artist as prolific and iconic as Muddy Waters, his catalog is relatively free of the gray-market oddities that confuse discographers of other blues legends. Nevertheless, this self-titled compilation of some of Muddy's best Chess recordings is separated from bootleg designation only by the bar code and label address on the back cover. While the selections--well-known tunes from Muddy's '50s heyday--are diminished by third-generation-sounding audio quality, the songs and performances are undeniably amazing. This isn't the best introduction to the hard-driving Chicago blues style Muddy virtually invented, but if you don't want to spend the extra money for better sound and more discographical info, you might give it a shot.

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