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The Best of Muddy Waters
Best of Muddy Waters 1958 Chess Records.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedApril 1958 (1958-04)
RecordedChicago, April 1948 – September 1, 1954
Genre Chicago blues
Length35:40 [1]
Label Chess
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess
Muddy Waters chronology
The Best of Muddy Waters
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The Best of Muddy Waters is a greatest hits album by Muddy Waters released by Chess Records in April 1958. The twelve songs were originally issued as singles between 1948 and 1954 and most appeared in Billboard magazine's top 10 Rhythm & Blues Records charts.

The album is the first by Waters and the third by Chess on the long playing (or LP record) format. [2] Chess re-sequenced the tracks and re-titled it Sail On for release in February 1969. [3]

The album was re-released on compact disc in 1997 by Chess and MCA Records. The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame inducted it as a "Classic of Blues Recording" in 1983. [4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Record Mirror [5]

Track listing

All tracks are written by McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters, except where noted.

Side one
1." I Just Want to Make Love to You" Willie Dixon2:49
2." Long Distance Call" 2:38
3."Louisiana Blues" 2:49
4."Honey Bee" 3:20
5." Rollin' Stone" 3:05
6." I'm Ready"Dixon3:01
Side two
1." Hoochie Coochie"Dixon2:49
2."She Moves Me" 2:54
3."I Want You to Love Me" 3:01
4."Standing Around Crying" 3:19
5."Still a Fool" 3:14
6."I Can't Be Satisfied" 2:41


  • Muddy Waters – vocals, guitar
  • Ernest "Big" Crawford – bass on "Long Distance Call", "Louisiana Blues", "Honey Bee", "I Want You To Love Me", and "I Can't Be Satisfied"
  • Willie Dixon – bass on "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "I'm Ready", and "I'm 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 player on all tracks on this collection where harmonica is present.)
  • 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 Below – drums on A-1, A-6, and B-1
  • Elgin Evanswashboard on A-3; drums on B-3 and B-4
  • Leonard Chess – bass drum on B-2 and B-5
  • Studs Terkel – liner notes

Release history

Region 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


  1. ^ a b Chadbourne, Eugene. "The Best of Muddy Waters [Chess] - Muddy Waters: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Howard Mandel, ed. (2005). The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues. Billboard Books. pp. 176, 182. ISBN  0-8230-8266-0.
  3. ^ Chess (1989). Muddy Waters: Chess Box (Box set booklet). Muddy Waters. Chess/ MCA Records. p. 26. OCLC  154264537. CHD3-80002.
  4. ^ O'Neal, Jim (1983). "1983 Hall of Fame Inductees: The Best of Muddy Waters – Muddy Waters (Chess, 1958)". The Blues Foundation. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Muddy Waters: The Best Of Muddy Waters" (PDF). Record Mirror. No. 184. 18 September 1964. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2022. Retrieved 15 August 2022.