Monday, September 11, 2006
Muddy Waters--The Anthology: 1947-1972 (2001)
Album-The Anthology: 1947-1972
Release Date-Aug 28, 2001
Personal Rating-I Recommend this album to you strongly. It was included in "The Best 500 Albums In History" list selected by Rolling Stone magazine.
Review-by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There have been countless collections of Muddy Waters' classic Chess material released over the years, but Chess began to whittle down the domestic catalog toward the late '90s. The triple-disc Chess box remained in print, but they added two single-disc collections that each covered a specific period in Waters' career at Chess. Then, in 2001, MCA/Chess released The Anthology, a double-disc set that essentially contained much of those two single-disc collections, with several extra tracks, remastering and new liner notes. This still didn't correct the lack of a concise, single-disc overview with all the hits — something that Muddy, Chuck Berry, and Howlin' Wolf all desperately need — but if you're going to be buying two discs to get the full Muddy Waters story, you should get this instead of two separate disc, since it's simply easier. Besides, this, even if it does contain a bunch of familiar material, nevertheless contains some of the greatest music of the 20th Century, and if you're not going to get the box but still want a comprehensive Muddy set, this is it.
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