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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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  • 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.
  • 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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