Folk Singer

Performers Muddy Waters

Chess | August 24, 1999 | Compact Disc

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The Chess label lays claim to an undisputed treasury of great blues artists from the 20th century, including the legendary Muddy Waters. His Folk Singer album reappears here remastered and containing five bonus tracks, including "The Same Thing," "You Can Lose What You Never Had" and "Put Me in Your Lay Away." Believe it or not, this stands as the great bluesman's only acoustic album. Backing Waters on this recording is the dream lineup of Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Otis Spann and James Cotton. To round out this release, the original liner notes by co-producer Ralph Bass appear alongside notes by blues expert Mary Katherine Aldin.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 24, 1999

Genre: Chicago Blues

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1964

Label Name: Chess

UPC: 008811202729

Found in: Chicago Blues

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Folk Singer

Folk Singer

Performers Muddy Waters
Guest Artist(s) Buddy Guy, Clifton James, James Cotton, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon
Producer Ralph Bass, Willie Dixon
Engineer Ron Malo

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 24, 1999

Genre: Chicago Blues

Style: Blues

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1964

Label Name: Chess

UPC: 008811202729


Title Track Time
1.My Home Is In The Delta --
2.Long Distance --
3.My Captain --
4.Good Morning School Girl --
5.You Gonna Need My Help --
6.Cold Weather Blues --
7.Big Leg Woman --
8.Country Boy --
9.Feel Like Going Home - (Muddy solo) --
10.Same Thing, The - (bonus track) --
11.You Can't Lose What You Never Had - (bonus track) --
12.My John The Conqueror Root - (bonus track) --
13.Short Dress Woman - (bonus track) --
14.Put Me In Your Lay Away - (bonus track) --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Muddy Waters (vocals, guitar); Buddy Guy, James "Pee Wee" Madison, Sam Lawhorn (guitar); James Cotton (harmonica); J.T. Brown (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Otis Spann (piano); Willie Dixon, Milton Rector (bass); Clifton James, S.P. Leary (drums). Producers: Willie Dixon, Ralph Bass. Reissue producer: Andy McKaie Recorded at Tel Mar Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois in September 1963. Bonus tracks recorded in April and October 1964. Originally released on Chess (1483). Includes liner notes by Ralph Bass and Mary Katherine Aldin. Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios, North Hollywood, California). The title and cover photo of this 1963 recording were an attempt to cash in on the burgeoning American folk revival, but this is pure acoustic blues. Muddy began his career as a Robert Johnson-style solo acoustic performer, and the tunes on FOLK SINGER hark back to those days. He's accompanied sparsely by Willie Dixon, drummer Clifton James and a young Buddy Guy, who provide a stark, deliberate backdrop for Muddy's rich vocal and expressive bottleneck guitar work. The richness of Muddy's baritone is showcased effectively here, with more room than usual for his voice to resonate. The low-key setting allows Muddy to explore a fuller dynamic range as well. From the romantic yearning of "Long Distance Call" to the fatalism of the chain gang song "My Captain," Muddy's voice expresses entire worlds of emotion with only subtle dynamic changes. On FOLK SINGER's more downhearted cuts, there's a doomy, ominous quality that rivals the deepest emotional journeys of John Lee Hooker. By scaling down, Muddy managed to make his songs, guitar and voice seem exponentially magnified. Though it's one of his quietest albums, FOLK SINGER screams with naked emotion.
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