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The early sides that made Muddy the king of Chicago blues-1947-1953 classics like Gypsy Woman; Honey Bee; Walking Blues , and Rollin' and Tumblin' -plus 1955's Mannish Boy ; 1958's Walking in the Park ; 1964's The Same Thing and You Can't Lose What You Never Had , and 16 more.

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McKinley Morganfield was hardly the name for a blues giant, let alone one whose influence spread far beyond boundaries of age, geography, and genre. So Muddy Waters it became, a moniker that both epitomized his Delta roots and the troubled moral climate of his age. Deconstruct Waters's music--the Son House-inspired slide work; a jazzman's innate phrasing and sense of timing; a voice that was weary, wise, and dignified all at once--and it won't come close to the mere sum of its parts.

Better to listen as this collection (whose original 1966-67 albums sought to cash in on a waning folk movement) bounces from "Mannish Boy" (his potent response to Chess Records labelmate Bo Diddley's copping his style for "I'm a Man") across 15 years of his history with Chess and his deep Delta roots, including early, stripped-down reworkings of Robert Johnson ("Walkin' Blues," "Kind Hearted Woman") and the roots classic "Rollin' and Tumblin'" to the smoky jazz-blues of "The Same Thing," Willie Dixon's 1964 reworking of his classic, "Spoonful."

The material from the '40s often features Waters accompanied only by Ernest "Big" Crawford on bass, music as elementally pure as Waters ever recorded. It's arguably the only collection of the Real Folk Blues series (which also includes titles by John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson) that really lives up to its "folk blues" billing. More than a mere greatest-hits introduction, the albums compiled here often capture the rare, naked essence of Waters' soulful muse. --Jerry McCulley


1. Mannish Boy
2. Screamin' and Cryin'
3. Just to Be With You
4. Walking Thru the Park
5. Walkin' Blues
6. Canary Bird
7. The Same Thing
8. Gypsy Woman
9. Rollin' and Tumblin', Part One
10. Forty Days and Forty Nights
11. Little Geneva
12. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
13. Sad Letter Blues
14. You're Gonna Need My Help I Said
15. Sittin' Here and Drinkin' (Whiskey Blues)
16. Down South Blues
17. Train Fare Home Blues
18. Kind Hearted Woman
19. Appealing Blues (Hello Little Girl)
20. Early Morning Blues
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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1947
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B000062Y88
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on August 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The two "Real Folk Blues" albums was issued on one CD in 1999, eliminating the need to seek them out individually.
They contain tracks from Muddy Waters' years with Chess, most of them early recordings from the 40s and early 50s, plus a handful of later songs (including "The Same Thing" and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had", two numbers which also show up on the CD version of Muddy's "Folk Singer" album). And everything is really good. Well, the sound is not all that stellar, but what do you expect from 60-year-old waxings?

The only problem (if you will) is that almost all of these songs can be found on MCA's "main" Muddy Waters-compilations, particularly the double disc "Anthology" and the Chess Box, and those also include all of his best-known songs ("Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Want To Be Loved", "Got My Mojo Working", you know). Those would be a much better purchase for the fan who is looking for a comprehensive Muddy Waters-collection, and there are not quite enough rarities here to make this disc particularly interesting for the collector either.

You should be aware that the dozen songs on "The Real Folk Blues" weren't recorded especially for this album, but merely compiled from various sessions, and although some of this material is early acoustic stuff, tough electric numbers like "Mannish Boy" and "Walking Through The Park" are not excactly folkish.
But there's no arguing with the quality of this music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While "The Real Folk Blues" and "More Real Folk Blues" were initially released in 1966 and 1967 respectively, the bulk of these tracks were cut at the Chess studios in Chicago between 1947 and 1958 when Waters was at his peak. In fact, only two tracks were recorded outside that time frame: "The Same Thing" and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had," both from 1964.
These albums were initially released in an attempt to reach the white audience enamored by the burgeoning folk scene. But don't be fooled. This is a collection of Water's Chess singles dating all the way back to his first Aristocrat single, 1947's "Gypsy Woman."
Nearly half of these songs feature Waters on guitar with only Ernest "Big" Crawford backing him up on bass. The rest of the tracks have Waters playing with a small combo featuring piano (Otis Spann), harmonica (Little Walter, Junior Wells or James Cotton), a second guitar (including Jimmy Rogers), bass (including Willie Dixon), and drums.
Most of these are original songs, but Waters pays tribute to Robert Johnson on a pair of songs, "Kind Hearted Woman" from 1948 and "Walkin Blues" from 1950.
Crawdaddy Magazine writer Paul Williams says in the original liner notes: "...blues is happy music, an escape from sadness...when Muddy sings, you feel the blues, and you feel the joy that goes with them." That may fly in the face of everything you thought you know about the blues. But when you put this in your CD player, you'll know he's speaking the truth. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This IS the real stuff...Muddy Waters et al at their best. Many of the songs, especially "Mannish Boy", sound like they were recorded in acoustically undesireable surroundings (like a barroom, maybe). But, this only adds to the authenticity of the sound. In fact, a barroom is THE place where this music was intended to be best performed.
The album can be enjoyed at all levels of listening. Listen casually and enjoy the sheer sensuosness of the vocals and instrumentals. Or, listen carefully and discover the amazingly complex nuances of the music (as complicated as any classical music). This is an album you will not regret owning.
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By Todd A. Hooper on May 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD, but do yourself a favor and get the Chess recordings, those rock! He was in his prime and the musicians were great too! This is a great disc for those who wanna' get all the recordings they can. I believe this one was recorded much later when he wanted to make a comeback in the 1960's, he can still wear it out though!!!
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By Rev KM Williams on December 12, 2009
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This CD is a complilation of Muddy's early recordings and hits from the late forties to the mid to late fifties. You can feel the gradual change from a straight up country delta bluesman to Master of the Chicago blues!A classic collection I would recommend!
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