Muddy Waters - The Best Of Muddy Waters 1948-56 (Vinyl LP)
Muddy Waters was one of the most important figures in post-war blues, influencing some of the most significant rock musicians of his era. He was one of the most prominent, in a relatively small coterie of performers, who effectively invented and defined the approach to amplified guitar-based blues, in the hotbed of the genre, Chicago, and much of what has happened since then reflects Muddy's rich legacy. This 14-track collection, featuring such instantly recognisable numbers as I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Got My Mojo Working and I'm Ready, offers an entertaining overview of his recordings aimed at the commercial market, especially in the context of an R&B scene which was changing rapidly during a decade and a half of musical evolution and revolution. A delightful celebration of his unique style which became the template for every electric blues performer.