The Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles As & Bs 1947-62
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7072
Muddy Waters was one of the most important figures not only in the blues genre, but in helping to shape the development of rock music through the ‘60s and ‘70s by influencing a generation of legendary guitarists on both sides of the Atlantic. This comprehensive collection of his singles for the Aristocrat and Chess labels from his first release for the Chess brothers in 1947 right through to 1962, in an excellent value 98-track 4-CD set, includes both A and B sides of every release, giving an excellent, instructive and 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. It’s a fabulous showcase for his talents as innovative guitarist singer and songwriter, tracing the development of his style from acoustic solo work through to his creation of the classic electric blues group line-up, including great musicians like Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann. It will find a market both with committed fans, and those wanting to discover the music and the unique style of one of the most influential and important figures in blues and rock.