The Best of Muddy Waters

The Better of Muddy Waters is a biggest hits album by Muddy Waters launched by Chess Information in April 1958. The twelve songs had been initially issued as singles between 1948 and 1954 and most appeared in Billboard journal’s high 10 Rhythm & Blues Information charts.

The album is the primary by Waters and the third by Chess on the lengthy enjoying (or LP document) format.[2] Chess re-sequenced the tracks and re-titled it Sail On for launch in February 1969.[3]

The album was re-released on compact disc in 1997 by Chess and MCA Information. The Blues Basis Corridor of Fame inducted it as a “Traditional of Blues Recording” in 1983.[4]

Skilled rankings
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Supply Score
AllMusic [1]

Observe itemizing

All tracks are written by McKinley Morganfield a.okay.a. Muddy Waters, besides the place famous.

Aspect one
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “I Simply Need to Make Like to You” Willie Dixon 2:49
2. “Lengthy Distance Name”   2:38
3. “Louisiana Blues”   2:49
4. “Honey Bee”   3:20
5. “Rollin’ Stone”   3:05
6. “I am Prepared” Dixon 3:01
Aspect two
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “Hoochie Coochie” Dixon 2:49
2. “She Strikes Me”   2:54
3. “I Need You to Love Me”   3:01
4. “Standing Round Crying”   3:19
5. “Nonetheless a Idiot”   3:14
6. “I Cannot Be Glad”   2:41


  • Muddy Waters – vocals, guitar
  • Ernest “Huge” Crawford – bass on “Lengthy Distance Name”, “Louisiana Blues”, “Honey Bee”, “I Need You To Love Me”, and “I Cannot Be Glad”
  • Willie Dixon – bass on “I Simply Need To Make Love To You”, “I am Prepared”, and “I am Your Hoochie Coochie Man”
  • Little Walter – harmonica on tracks A-1, A-2, A-3, A-6, B-1, B-2, and B-4; guitar on B-5
  • Walter “Shakey” Horton – harmonica on B-3 (as credited on LP – Little Walter is the harmonica participant on all tracks on this assortment the place harmonica is current.)
  • Jimmy Rogers – guitar on tracks A-1, A-4, A-6, B-1, B-3, and B-4
  • Otis Spann – piano on A-1, A-6, B-1, B-3, and B-4
  • Fred Beneath – drums on A-1, A-6, and B-1
  • Elgin Evans – washboard on A-3; drums on B-3 and B-4
  • Leonard Chess – bass drum on B-2 and B-5
  • Studs Terkel – liner notes

Launch historical past

Area Label Format Catalog
United States Chess LP LP 1427
Worldwide reissue Chess LP LP CH-9255
US Chess Cassette CHC-9255
US Chess/MCA CD CHD-31268
Japan MCA CD UICY-3199

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