King of Chicago Blues [Proper]

by: Muddy Waters

The first CD of this extensive four-disc set is an invaluable snapshot of Muddy Waters' pre-Chess career in Mississippi, with early country blues versions of songs like "Mean Red Spider" and "You Got to Take Sick and Die Some of These Days," the latter re-recorded for Chess in the early '50s as "Diamonds at Her Feet." The second CD concentrates on the master bluesman's Chicago career, with familiar versions of "Mannish Boy" and "Got My Mojo Working" featuring the urbanized sound of Little Walter's harmonica and Otis Spann's trilling piano runs. ~ Steve Goulding

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