Muddy Waters: I Can't Be Satisfied
I Can't Be Satisfied
Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)
Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection (MCA 088 112 301-2)
Recorded: Chicago, April 1948
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Muddy Waters moved to Chicago in the mid-'40s and quickly cut a few forgettable tracks for Columbia, but it took the intercession of Sunnyland Slim and the unlikely interest of Leonard Chess at new independent label Aristocrat to launch greatness, as Waters was given the green light to play several Delta numbers on electric guitar, usually on what became his beloved red Telecaster, and with his bottleneck slide, and with solid driving bass by "Big" Crawford (the unsung hero of Muddy's early tracks). The 78-rpm release of rocking, rhythmic "I Can't Be Satisfied" – bulked up and with more bounce to the ounce – coupled with the slower, sadder "I Feel Like Going Home" sold out in a single afternoon, and a blues legend was born. As Muddy sang it, "Baby, I cain't never be satisfied," and one suspects The Rolling Stones took a hint from this track too.
Reviewer: Ed Leimbacher