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Muddy Waters 11/7/1989

Review

The Chess Box does not contain all the great music Muddy Waters made. His talent and legacy are too large to be captured in a mere three discs, even one that spans from 1947 to 1972. This means, of course, that his legendary plantation recordings with Alan Lomax are not here, nor is his dynamic late-'70s comeback, Hard Again. But, truth be told, it doesn't feel like they're missing, since Waters' legend was built on the music that he made for Chess, and much of the greatest of that is here. Few box sets have chronicled an artist's best work as effectively as this; even the handful of rare, previously unreleased recordings sit perfectly next to the essential singles (this is particularly true of alternate takes of Fathers and Sons material). Sure, there are great Chess sides that aren't here, but those are great sides that the serious listener and aficionado need to seek out. For everybody else, this is a monumental chronicle of Waters at his best, illustrating his influence while providing rich, endlessly fascinating music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Gypsy Woman Muddy Waters 2:32
  3. 2 Good Looking Woman Muddy Waters 2:41
  4. 3 Mean Disposition Muddy Waters 2:33
  5. 4 I Can't Be Satisfied Muddy Waters 2:41
  6. 5 I Feel Like Going Home Muddy Waters 3:8
  7. 6 Train Fare Home [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:45
  8. 7 Mean Red Spider [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:15
  9. 8 Streamline Woman Muddy Waters 3:16
  10. 9 Little Geneva [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:45
  11. 10 Rollin' and Tumblin', Pt. 1 Muddy Waters 2:58
  12. 11 Rollin' Stone [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:5
  13. 12 Walkin' Blues Muddy Waters 2:55
  14. 13 Louisiana Blues [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:52
  15. 14 Evans Shuffle (Ebony Boogie) Muddy Waters 2:10
  16. 15 Long Distance Call Muddy Waters 2:38
  17. 16 Honey Bee Muddy Waters 3:20
  18. 17 She Moves Me [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:55
  19. 18 Still a Fool [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:16
  20. 19 Stuff You Gotta Watch Muddy Waters 2:47
  21. 20 Standing Around Crying [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:20
  22. 21 Flood Muddy Waters 2:38
  23. 22 Baby, Please Don't Go Muddy Waters 3:14
  24. 23 Blow Wind Blow [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:9
  25. 24 (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters 2:44
  26. 1 I Just Want to Make Love to You Muddy Waters 2:48
  27. 2 I'm Ready [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:1
  28. 3 Smokestack Lightnin' Muddy Waters 3:6
  29. 4 Young Fashioned Ways [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:59
  30. 5 Mannish Boy [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:54
  31. 6 Trouble No More [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:39
  32. 7 Forty Days and Forty Nights [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:51
  33. 8 Just to Be With You [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:13
  34. 9 Don't Go No Farther [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:54
  35. 10 Diamonds at Your Feet [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:24
  36. 11 I Love the Life I Live (I Live the Life I Love) [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:47
  37. 12 Rock Me [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:9
  38. 13 Look What You've Done [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:21
  39. 14 Got My Mojo Working [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:50
  40. 15 Good News [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:46
  41. 16 Evil [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:18
  42. 17 She's Nineteen Years Old [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:16
  43. 18 Close to You [Single Version] Muddy Waters 3:4
  44. 19 Walkin' Thru The Park [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:42
  45. 20 Blues Before Sunrise (With Dialogue & False Start) Muddy Waters 3:51
  46. 21 Lonesome Road Blues Muddy Waters 3:2
  47. 22 Take the Bitter With the Sweet([False Start, Dialogue and Alternate Take) Muddy Waters 3:50
  48. 23 She's Into Something Muddy Waters 2:43
  49. 24 Southbound Train Muddy Waters 2:52
  50. 25 Double Trouble Muddy Waters 2:45
  51. 1 I Feel so Good [Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960] Muddy Waters 2:55
  52. 2 You Shook Me Muddy Waters 2:42
  53. 3 You Need Love Muddy Waters 2:42
  54. 4 Twenty Four Hours Muddy Waters 2:29
  55. 5 Elevate Me Mama [Alternate Take] Muddy Waters 3:2
  56. 6 So Glad I'm Living Muddy Waters 2:51
  57. 7 My Love Strikes Like Lightning Muddy Waters 2:43
  58. 8 You Don't Have to Go Muddy Waters 2:49
  59. 9 The Things That I Used to Do Muddy Waters 3:11
  60. 10 My Home Is in the Delta Muddy Waters 3:58
  61. 11 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Muddy Waters 3:12
  62. 12 The Same Thing [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:38
  63. 13 You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had [Single Version] Muddy Waters 2:55
  64. 14 Short Dress Woman Muddy Waters 2:45
  65. 15 Making Friends Muddy Waters 2:35
  66. 16 Black Night [Alternate Mix] Muddy Waters 3:16
  67. 17 Bird Nest on the Ground Muddy Waters 2:52
  68. 18 Country Boy Muddy Waters 4:38
  69. 19 Sugar Sweet ["Fathers And Sons" Alternate Take] Muddy Waters 2:16
  70. 20 All Aboard ["Fathers And Sons" Alternate Take] Muddy Waters 2:37
  71. 21 Going Down Slow [Live in Mister Kelly's,Chicago/1971] Muddy Waters 4:6
  72. 22 Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone [Original British Mix] Muddy Waters 5:4
  73. 23 Can't Get No Grindin' (What's The Matter With the Meal) Muddy Waters 2:44

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