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King of Chicago Blues

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King of Chicago Blues
King of Chicago Blues


Apart from the 10-years-younger and still surviving B B King, Muddy Waters (1915-1983) was arguably the most internationally renowned ambassador of the blues of the post-WW2 electrified generation, in his case a pivotal figure in the development of a southern rural upbringing and style translocated to, and transformed in, the urbanized setting of Chicago. Whereas the majority of subsequently well known migrating bluesmen made their recording debut after their move to a city, Muddy was first captured on tape in rural Mississippi in 1941 and '42 by Alan Lomax. 13 of those 'field' recordings open this 4CD set, allowing the listener to then hear how Muddy progressed, amplified and matured his performances once he had settled in Chicago, where he recorded briefly for Columbia in 1946 (the balance of Disc One) before being signed by the Chess brothers in 1947. It was as a Chess recording artist that he soon became top dog on the burgeoning Chicago blues scene. Discs 2-4 of this set cover all of his important recording up to end-1955, including the 12 R&B chart hits that put him at the forefront of that era's Chicago bluesmen and founded his international reputation.


  1. Name
  2. Country Blues
  3. I Be Troubled
  4. Ramblin' Kid Blues
  5. Rosalie
  6. Joe Turner Blues
  7. Pearly May Blues
  8. Take A Walk With Me
  9. Burr Clover Blues
  10. I Be Bound To Write To You
  11. You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
  12. You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days
  13. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You
  14. Country Blues (No.2)
  15. Mean Red Spider
  16. I'm Gonna Cut Your Head
  17. Atomic Bomb Blues
  18. Tomorrow Will Be Too Late
  19. Jitterbug Blues
  20. Hard Day Blues
  21. Buryin' Ground Blues
  22. Come To Me Baby
  23. You Can't Make The Grade
  24. Gypsy Woman
  25. Little Anna Mae
  26. Good Lookin' Woman
  27. Mean Disposition
  28. I Can't Be Satisfied
  29. I Feel Like Going Home
  30. Train Fare Home Blues
  31. Down South Blues
  32. Kind Hearted Woman
  33. Sittin' Here And Drinkin' (Whiskey Blues)
  34. You're Gonna Miss Me
  35. Mean Red Spider
  36. Stand Here Tremblin'
  37. Streamline Woman
  38. Hard Days
  39. Muddy Jumps One
  40. Little Geneva
  41. Canary Bird
  42. Burying Ground
  43. Screamin' And Cryin'
  44. Where's My Woman Been
  45. Last Time I Fool Around With You
  46. Rollin' And Tumblin' Pt.1
  47. RollinÆAnd TumblinÆPt.2
  48. RollinÆStone
  49. Walking Blues
  50. YouÃâ€re Gonna Need My Help I Said
  51. Sad Letter Blues
  52. Early Morning Blues
  53. Appealing Blues (Hello Little Girl)
  54. Louisiana Blues
  55. Evans Shuffle
  56. Long Distance Call
  57. Too Young To Know
  58. Honey Bee
  59. Howling Wolf
  60. Country Boy
  61. She Moves Me
  62. My Fault
  63. Still A Fool
  64. They Call Me Muddy Waters
  65. All Night Long
  66. Stuff You Gotta Watch
  67. Lonesome Day
  68. Please Have Mercy
  69. WhoÃâ€s Gonna Be Your Sweet Man
  70. Standing Around Crying
  71. Gone To Main Street
  72. Iodine In My Coffee
  73. Flood
  74. My Life Is Ruined
  75. SheÃâ€s All Right
  76. Sad, Sad Day
  77. Turn The Lamp Down Low (Baby Please DonÃâ€t Go)
  78. Loving Man
  79. Blow Wind Blow
  80. Mad Love (I Want You To Love Me)
  81. IÃâ€m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
  82. SheÃâ€s So Pretty
  83. Just Make Love To Me (I Just Want To Make Love To You)
  84. Oh! Yeh
  85. IÃâ€m Ready
  86. Smokestack Lightning
  87. I DonÃâ€t Know Why
  88. IÃâ€m A Natural Born Lover
  89. Ooh Wee
  90. This Pain
  91. Young Fashioned Ways
  92. I Want To Be Loved
  93. My Eyes (Keep Me In Trouble)
  94. Mannish Boy
  95. I Got To Find My Baby
  96. Sugar Sweet
  97. Trouble No More
  98. Clouds In My Heart
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