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The Chess Box :Muddy Waters [Box set]

Muddy WatersAudio CD
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listen  1. Gypsy Woman [feat. Sunnyland Slim]Muddy Waters 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Good Looking WomanMuddy Waters 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mean Disposition [feat. Sunnyland Slim]Muddy Waters 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Can't Be SatisfiedMuddy Waters 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Feel Like Going HomeMuddy Waters 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Train Fare Home (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mean Red Spider (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Streamline WomanMuddy Waters 3:18$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Little Geneva (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Part One)Muddy Waters 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rollin' Stone (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Walkin' BluesMuddy Waters 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Louisiana Blues (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Evans' ShuffleMuddy Waters 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Long Distance CallMuddy Waters 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Honey BeeMuddy Waters 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. She Moves Me (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Still A Fool (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Stuff You Gotta Watch [feat. Sunnyland Slim]Muddy Waters 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Standing Around Crying (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Flood (Album Version)Muddy Waters 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Baby, Please Don't GoMuddy Waters 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Blow Wind Blow (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie ManMuddy Waters 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Ready (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Smokestack Lightnin' (Album Version)Muddy Waters 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Young Fashioned Ways (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mannish Boy (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Trouble No More (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Just To Be With You (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Don't Go No Farther (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Diamonds At Your Feet (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love) (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rock Me (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Look What You've Done (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Got My Mojo Working (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Good News (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Evil (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. She's Nineteen Years Old (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Close To You (Single Version)Muddy Waters 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Walkin' Thru The Park (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Blues Before Sunrise (With Dialogue & False Start)Muddy Waters 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Lonesome Road BluesMuddy Waters 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Take The Bitter With The Sweet (False Start, Dialogue And Alternate Take)Muddy Waters 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. She's Into SomethingMuddy Waters 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Southbound TrainMuddy Waters 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Double TroubleMuddy Waters 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  1. I Feel So Good (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)Muddy Waters 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. You Shook MeMuddy Waters 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Need LoveMuddy Waters 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Twenty Four HoursMuddy Waters 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Elevate Me Mama (Alternate Take)Muddy Waters 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. So Glad I'm LivingMuddy Waters 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Love Strikes Like LightningMuddy Waters 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Don't Have To GoJames Cotton 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Things That I Used To DoMuddy Waters 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. My Home Is In The DeltaMuddy Waters 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Good Morning Little SchoolgirlMuddy Waters 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Same Thing (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Short Dress WomanMuddy Waters 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Making FriendsMuddy Waters 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Black Night (Alternate Mix)Muddy Waters 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bird Nest On The GroundMuddy Waters 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Country BoyMuddy Waters 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Sugar Sweet ("Fathers And Sons" Alternate Take)Muddy Waters 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. All Aboard ("Fathers And Sons" Alternate Take)Muddy Waters 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Going Down Slow (Live in Mister Kelly's,Chicago/1971)Muddy Waters 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone (Original British Mix)Muddy Waters 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Can't Get No Grindin' (What's The Matter With The Meal)Muddy Waters 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

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In the late 1940s and early '50s, Chicago was the epicenter of the blues explosion; all the roads led there, from Mississippi Delta, the Midwest and the Southeast. It all began in 1948 with the release of a 78-rpm single by a singer-guitarist called Muddy Waters. Aristocrat 1305 bore a pair of traditional Mississippi Delta-styled pieces "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "I Feel ... Read more in Amazon's Muddy Waters Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: November 7, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000002Q40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

For the completist, this three-CD, 72-song box remains the definitive collection of one of the leading lights of Chicago blues. The collection spans 25 years, beginning with rare early recordings with pianist Sunnyland Slim and moving through Waters's peak '50s period, which offered the legendary support of Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Otis Spann. Luminaries including Pat Hare, James Cotton, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, and Pinetop Perkins all make valuable contributions to his '60s work. Along with his original hits and his noteworthy Willie Dixon interpretations, Chess wisely includes his lesser-known covers of Big Bill Broonzy, Howlin' Wolf, Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, and Sonny Boy Williamson. --Marc Greilsamer

Product Description

72 of the greatest recordings by the original Hoochie Coochie Man-over 3 1/2 hours!-including blues classics Baby Please Don't Go; Mannish Boy; Rollin' Stone; Evil; I'm Ready; Just Make Love to You , etc. and a host of rarities. Comes with that killer band and a photo-packed, 32-page booklet.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
More casual fans will probably be better served by MCA/Chess's much cheaper (but very good) two-disc compilation "The Anthology: 1947-1972". But if you're looking for the best and currently most thorough available overview of Muddy's recordings for Aristocrat and Chess, this is it.
It is not the final word on Muddy Waters - his excellent latter-day recordings with Johnny Winter as producer aren't here, and you'll need some of his live stuff as well - but these 72 tracks do include the vast majority of his best songs from 1947 and twenty-five years on.

Disc one spans 1947-1954, and most of the 24 tracks feature just Muddy Waters on slide guitar and bassist Ernest "Big" Crawford backing him, although the great Sunnyland Slim rolls the ivories on a few songs, like the delightful 1947 single "Gypsy Woman".
Muddy's arsenal of slide guitar riffs may seem limited, but his playing on the 1948 hit "I Can't Be Satisfied" and the mellow "Train Fare Home" is really great, demonstrating what a fine guitarist he actually was.

Percussion doesn't show up until two-thirds of the way through the disc, when the "classic" Muddy Waters band begins to take shape: Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on second guitar, drummer Elgin Evans, and Otis Spann playing the piano.
Along with the songs already mentioned, the lean, mean "I Feel Like Going Home" and "Rollin' And Tumblin'" are among the highlights on disc 1, which ends with the tough, swinging "Blow Wind Blow" and the classic "Hoochie Coochie Man". Big Walter Horton plays superb harmonica on "Blow Wind Blow".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Only Had One Blues Album.....Yep, This Is It! August 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
A comprehensive collection from the best bluesman ever. Sure, others have done significant recordings, established new sounds, forged creative sounds, but no one has been *the man* for decades, like Muddy has. Regardless of whether it is these priceless early recordings where the genius was just starting to come through or whether it is any of the numerous eras Muddy went through, they are all well represented on this set.
The supporting book is one of the best I've seen ever. It is comprehensive, has new and unusal photos, and gives a good history of Waters' recordings.
The one belongs in the "if I was on a desert island and take only one CD, which one would it be" category.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are simply not enough stars....... December 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
McKinley Morganfield was born in Mississippi in 1913. He was given the name of Muddy Waters by his grandmother at an early age.

Muddy Waters was one of the Blues musicians who was deftly able to make the transition from the cotton field, delta, acoustic blues, to the electric sound which has remained with us since. He not only made the transition, but set an example for others.

Disc one of the box set covers the period 1947-1954. Disc two covers the hits of the 1950's, many of which inspired English rockers who were preparing to hit the shores. And Disc three covers the latter period from 1960 through 1972. It should be noted that there are recordings before and after the time periods on this box, and as such, this box set could not be termed "all inclusive". Not covered are the very early years of Muddy's singing, as covered by The Complete Plantation Recordings. And the Blue Sky recordings (I'm Ready; Hard Again; King Bee) of the 1980's cover the latter part of his career. This box set covers the meaty, main portion of his career and are definitely the set to get if you are going to get just one for your collection. The book that comes with this 3-CD set also gives a very nice overview of Muddy's life and career, something that the mp3 downloads cannot do.

Muddy Waters was one of the most influential blues singers of all time and influenced generations of singers who came after him. If you plan on getting only one collection of Muddy Waters, I would strongly recommend this 3-CD set. You can now buy the songs individually through Amazon, but it is strongly recommended to buy the box set en total.

They get no bluer than this. Muddy was, and is, the real deal.

Highly recommended. 5 Stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential! May 4, 2000
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Muddy Waters is the Blues! This set will prove that. It does afantastic job of ccovering his material from his years at Chess Records. It starts in 1947 with Gypsy Woman and winds thru the some of the most important songs in the Blues genre. Does I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Got My Mojo Working, or I Just Want To Make Love To You sound familiar? They're here. The booklet that comes with it is also very imformative with some nice pictures to boot. A nice package and at the price a steal.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads o' Muddy Waters October 15, 1999
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The essentials are all here. If you dig a heavy dose of all things Muddy, this is the place to go. A wonderful overview of every period of Muddy's career. Little Walter rocks on the 50's tracks. Check the Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon Boxes as well. Outstanding.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best from the best May 3, 2002
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This is the only box set that I can think of that could be essential. All of these historic recording, represents one of the greatest achivements of popular music in the 20th century. Muddy Waters changed music forever. The first half of disc one alraedy delivers some of best performance ever, like 'feel like going home'and 'cant be satisfied', Muddy's first big sellers that turned him into a star. He was still playing very much in the Delta style, although by that time he was cooking in juke joints with one of the best blues band ever. The recordings included in the second half of disc one and practically all disc two are simply in a league of its own, comparably only perhaps to Elvis sun sessions and Loui Armstrong hot five and sevens in terms of perfection and influence in music. Disc three proves that the man could not make a bad record, and includes a live track from Live at Newport, your next essential purchase.
The box includes a booklet with details of every session, and essays on Muddy the man and the musician. This is as good as blues music can get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is only ONE Muddy Waters!
To say the Muddy Waters Chess Box is SUPERB would be an understatement. I found my self listening to it over and over again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gil the Thrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music
Muddy Waters is one of the cornerstones. Such a range of vocalizations and subjects in this amazing collection of his blues. Should be a part of every blues lover's library.
Published 13 months ago by Ted Elrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Muddy !
Its Muddy Waters, what else do you need to know ?
Excellent audio and some of his finest work.
King of the Blues !
Published 14 months ago by Chris Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets
This is an outstanding overview of Muddy Waters. Chess is where the big artists were. It is not necessary to review each track. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Elwin Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy's most complete and genuine collection
The Chess box series is a wet dream for any collector, just packaging wise (only 2or 3 CDs worth, but packaged in a LP sized box, with a large acompioning booklet). Read more
Published 19 months ago by C Carruthers
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for every fan of post-war popular music
Muddy Waters was the most important Chicago (electric) bluesman and probably the best, and his songs and his style were incorporated into most of the British invasion bands and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by David W. Drake
2.0 out of 5 stars not a good quality sound
This is old Muddy music. Quality sounds ancient and I would not buy again. Save your money on this one.
Published 20 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection
A fabulous collection of the Chess Recordings including some unreleased material. I have only one beef and that is the liner notes or the lack of them. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Allan Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars muddy waters/the chess box
This set was a great bargin. The 3 cd's of great blues,
rock and roll music. I am a fan of Muddy Waters. Not all of the song were my favorites but well worth the money.
Published on March 28, 2012 by johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muddy Must
This is a must for all true blues fans, the Chess box set of the basic Muddy. All his classic hits as perhaps the greatest post-WW II influence on later blues artists and many of... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Paul Fisher
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