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One of the greatest blues musicians of all time, Muddy Waters is still pulling new fans into the blues today, more than two decades after his death. His visibility seems to increase, rather than fade, with the passing years, and though the Viagra commercial that used I'm Ready as its backing track made some blues purists wince, it nevertheless made its point. In 2002 author Robert Gordon published his definitive full-length biography of Muddy, called I Can't Be Satisfied (Little, Brown); the following year Gordon produced a documentary with the same title which aired on public television. Muddy's songs continue to be covered, not only by today's up and coming young blues bands, but by rock and pop artists as well, keeping his name and music before successive generations of fans.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Can't Be Satisfied
  2. I Feel Like Going Home
  3. Rollin' & Tumblin', Part One
  4. Rollin' Stone
  5. Louisiana Blues
  6. Long Distance Call
  7. Still A Fool
  8. Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Baby Please Don't Go)
  9. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
  10. I Just Want To Make Love To You
  11. I'm Ready
  12. Mannish Boy
  13. Trouble No More
  14. Forty Days And Forty Nights
  15. Don't Go No Farther
  16. Got My Mojo Working
  17. Rock Me
  18. Walkin' Thru The Park
  19. Take The Bitter With The Sweet
  20. You Shook Me
  21. My Home Is In The Delta
  22. The Same Thing
  23. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
  24. Crosseyed Cat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000ERU856
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Josh P. on May 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ever notice that you're seeing more and more of these "best of" collectons out there now? Now there is UMVD's "The Definitive Collection" of numerous artists from that same unforgettable era featuring 20 or more top tunes of the featured artist crammed onto one disc. Sometimes these single-disc collections fail to make the grade because of so much essential material that ends up being left off for reasons of space alone and the rest of it is the same predictable fare. An exception in this case would be this: Muddy Waters' Definitive Collection. This collection runs through Muddy's premiere years featuring his swampy, slide guitar sound and musical style then continues through the '50s and early '60s when he began to make his significant impact on blues music and eventually would be regarded as one of the most highly respected names in blues music. So many of his best tunes like "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I'm Ready", "Forty Days and Forty Nights" and "Got My Mojo Working" were covered by so many bands so many times that these tunes are really timeless and have becomes standards in blues. You really do get and stay interested for the entire length of the album. It is a little slow to start, but it picks up quickly and the bulk of the action happens with tracks 8-18. "Crosseyed Cat", recorded in 1976, is something you really got to hear. It is swampy, raw and tough. A 6 minute jam session, basically. This "Definitive Collection' lives up to its name overall, and is absolutely essential for the blues fan if the 2-disc anthology is a bit much.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Steven Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2007
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You want to know about Muddy Waters? This is a wonderful introduction to his work. No single work, of course, can contain all the best songs of someone like Muddy Waters (nee McKinley Morganfield). But this CD is awfully satisfying.

And the first cut is the classic "I Can't Be Satisfied" (later covered by The Rolling Stones). The instrumentation is remarkable simple--guitar and bass. But Waters' singing is primal and gives this cut life.

The 1950 tune, "Rollin' Stone," gave the English rock and roll band their name. The music is raw, but compelling. One line: "I wish I was a catfish, swimming in the deep blue sea, I would have all you women's comin' after me." At another point, he sings that his mom says to his dad that I got a boy child comin', gonna be a Rollin' Stone. A must listen to piece.

Willie Dixon wrote the words for another song, a Waters' classic, "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man." First, what a backing group! Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, and Fred Below. This is a great blues tune topped off with Muddy Waters' great blues singing.

Another Willie Dixon song, "I Just Want to Make Love to You." Also covered by the Rolling Stones. . . . Listen to this version. A wonderful blues song.

And then there is "Mannish Boy" (talk about a greatest hit!). Again, great instrumental work and a terrific backing band. The song begins with him singing "Everything's gonna be all right this mornin.'" The insistent theme, "I'm a mannish boy," recurs throughout. One set of lines hearkens to other classic music:

"I'm a man,
I'm a Rolling Stone.
I'm a man,
A hoochie-coochie man."

Then there is "Got My Mojo Working." An uptempo romp with a great backing band.

So, do you want to know what Muddy Waters was all about? Try this CD. It will give you the introduction to his body of work.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on December 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There is a huge amount of Muddy Waters-compilations out there, and while MCA/Chess's two-disc, 50-track "Anthology 1947-1972" is certainly more definitive than this Geffen compilation, it does offer a very good overview of Muddy Waters' career.

Opening with the classic 1948 single "I Can't Be Satisfied", this CD takes you through (most of) the highlights from the 1950s and 60s. "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I'm Ready", "I Just Wanna Make Love To You", "Mannish Boy", and "Got My Mojo Working" are here, of course, and in the original versions, too, but it's a shame that some slightly lesser known (but equally fine) singles like "I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love", "She's Nineteen Years Old" and "I Want To Be Loved" are missing.

But there is certainly enough great music here to satisfy the casual fan, and if you do want more, there is always the impressive "Chess Box" and the late-70s/early-80s albums produced by Johnny Winter (only one track out of these 24 is from those sessions).
This album is not the definitive word on McKinley Morganfield, but it's a good introduction for the uninitiated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BluesDuke on June 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
If all your budget allows for is a reasonable introduction to Muddy Waters, this is as good as it gets. The bulk of the signature Chess material is here, but there is just a little too much missing to allow the assemblers the conceit of "definitive collection"---too many of the lesser-hagiographed Chess sides are missing, and none of his back-from-the-living-dead work toward the end of his life, those remarkable Blue Sky (CBS) albums Johnny Winter produced for him with his touring band and assorted Chess-era guests (such as Walter Horton and Willie Dixon), is represented here. There's no such thing as a bad Muddy Waters collection, of course, but if you really are looking for "definitive" you'll have to turn a) to the two sets anthologising his complete Aristocrat/Chess output from 1948 through 1958 (one called "Rollin' Stone" and the other "Hoochie Coochie Man," and you can rest assured that somebody's going to assemble the set covering 1959-64 soon enough); and, b) all three Blue Sky albums. This one will get you through until you get them, but don't make the mistake of assuming this is the alpha and omega of Waters's music.
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