|The Anthology: 1947–1972|
|Greatest hits album by|
|Released||August 28, 2001|
|Recorded||April 1948 – March 1972 |
|Producer||Leonard Chess, Willie Dixon, Norman Dayron, Andy McKaie |
|The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings|||
The Anthology: 1947–1972 is a double compilation album by Chicago blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. It contains many of his best-known songs, including his R&B single chart hits " I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man", "Just Make Love to Me ( I Just Want to Make Love to You)", and " I'm Ready". Chess and MCA Records released the set on August 28, 2001.
In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted "if you're going to be buying two discs to get the full Muddy Waters story, you should get this instead of two separate discs, since it's simply easier.". 
In 2020, the album was ranked number 483 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time: "the fifty essential cuts ... run from guitar-and-standup-bass duets to full-band romps – and they still just manage to scratch the surface of Waters' legacy," 
All songs written by McKinley Morganfield except as indicated.
Disc one features 16 of the 20 songs previously released on His Best: 1947 to 1955.
Disc two starts off with "My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble)" plus three further tracks from His Best:1947 to 1955. Sixteen more tracks on the disc were on His Best:1956 to 1964 - the four tracks excluded are "All Aboard" (though the remake from the 1969 album Fathers and Sons is present), "She's Into Something", " You Need Love" (later made into " You Need Loving" and " Whole Lotta Love"), and "My Love Strikes Like Lightning". The other tracks on disc two were featured on The Chess Box.
Per Allmusic.