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He's got his mojo working
The Anthology: 1947–1972 is a 2001 double compilation album by Muddy Waters, which got enthusiastic reviews and was praised by Rolling Stone for being "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." In 2006 the album was listed in TIME — All-Time 100 Albums list and it was listed at nr. #38 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

Tracklist

Disc 1

  1. "Gypsy Woman" (2:35)
  2. "I Can't Be Satisfied" (2:43)
  3. "I Feel Like Going Home" (3:12)
  4. "Train Fare Home Blues" (2:48)
  5. "Mean Red Spider" (2:19)
  6. "Standin' Here Tremblin'" (2:27)
  7. "You're Gonna Need My Help" (3:03)
  8. "Little Geneva" (2:48)
  9. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (2:59)
  10. "Walkin' Blues" (2:58)
  11. "Louisiana Blues" (2:54)
  12. "Long Distance Call" (2:41)
  13. "Honey Bee" (3:22)
  14. "Country Boy" (3:13)
  15. "She Moves Me" (2:58)
  16. "Still A Fool" (3:19)
  17. "Stuff You Gotta Watch" (2:51)
  18. "Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone?" (3:04)
  19. "Standin' Around Cryin'" (3:23)
  20. "Baby Please Don't Go" (3:18)
  21. "Hoochie Coochie Man" (2:48)
  22. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (2:52)
  23. "I'm Ready" (3:05)
  24. "Young Fashioned Ways" (3:02)
  25. "I Want to Be Loved" (2:42)
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Disc 2

  1. "My Eyes (Keep Me in Trouble)" (3:12)
  2. "Mannish Boy" (2:58)
  3. "Sugar Sweet" (2:31)
  4. "Trouble No More" (2:42)
  5. "Forty Days and Forty Nights" (2:53)
  6. "Just to Be With You" (3:15)
  7. "Don't Go No Farther" (2:56)
  8. "Diamonds At Your Feet" (2:26)
  9. "I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love" (2:52)
  10. "Got My Mojo Working" (2:53)
  11. "Rock Me" (3:13)
  12. "Look What You've Done" (2:24)
  13. "She's Nineteen Years Old" (3:19)
  14. "Close To You" (3:07)
  15. "Walking Thru the Park" (2:47)
  16. "Take the Bitter with the Sweet" (3:08)
  17. "I Feel So Good" (2:58)
  18. "You Shook Me" (2:44)
  19. "My Home Is in the Delta" (4:00)
  20. "Good Morning Little School Girl" (3:15)
  21. "The Same Thing" (2:44)
  22. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" (2:57)
  23. "All Aboard (Fathers & Sons)" (2:53)
  24. "Can't Get No Grindin'" (2:45)

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Got My Mojo Troping...

  • Alliterative Title: "I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love", "Sugar Sweet".
  • All Women Are Lustful: "She's Nineteen Years Old"
    Nothing I can do to please her, to keep her satisfied
    • Subverted with "Got My Mojo Working", where the mojo "just don't work on you, baby".
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Muddy sure is. Must of his songs are about how he's really craving for a woman, most notably in "I Just Want To Make Love To You"
  • Anthology: The album provides an overview of his best work between 1947 and 1972.
  • Badass Boast: Half of his songs praise himself as a badass man: "I'm The Hoochie Coochie Man", "Mannish Boy", "Got My Mojo Working", "I Can Never Be Satisfied".
  • Cover Album: Typical for most blues songs some of the material was not created by Muddy himself, but by other artists, such as Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker.
  • Distinct Double Album: Two sides with the essential tracks of Muddy's career.
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  • Face on the Cover: Muddy posing with his guitar.
  • Greatest Hits Album: A highly praised compilation album that gives a good overview of his career.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Just Want to Make Love to You". There's a slight possibility this is also an Intercourse with You song.
  • Intercourse with You: Typical for Muddy's repertoire must of his songs are about him craving for women.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Mean Red Spider", a song about a red spider, that nevertheless is a great, powerful blues track.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Since this is a compilation album the title does not appear in any of the lyrics.
  • One-Man Song: "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Mannish Boy", "Country Boy".
  • One-Woman Song: "Gypsy Woman", "Little Geneva".
  • Rated M for Manly: And how! You're probably never gonna hear such a masculine singer as Muddy.
  • Rule of Seven: "I'm The Hoochie Coochie Man".
    On the seventh hour
    On the seventh day
    On the seventh month
    The seven doctors say
    He was born for good luck
    And that you'll see
    I got 700 dollars
    Don't you mess with me
  • Something Blues: "Walkin' Blues", "Louisiana Blues", "Country Blues", "Train Fare Home Blues",...
  • There's No Place Like Home: "I Feel Like Going Home" expresses homesickness.

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