A superb collection by the boss of the blues. I confess to having several compilations of Muddy's work and enjoy listening to them all as they each have a different take on his music, some giving the context of other Chicago blues musicians, the country blues background he came from or other takes on the same songs. Here you get Muddy in all his glory. Top class, masterful and powerful.
As the inexorable march continues toward the intangible digital world of downloads some of us still appreciate a physical artefact. If, like me, you are someone who appreciates the finely turned art of the box-set then .. avoid this one like the plague.
The music is, of course, sublime. However,that in itself is not sufficient reason. Suffice to say this is one of the very worst packaged compilations I have come across in a long, long time. On opening the flimsy CD box the entire thing fell apart in my hands scattering the four discs inside to the winds.
The booklet inside was scarcely worth the bother and I shan't trouble you with a description. Suffice to say, stick to the Chess releases.
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