Folk Singer

Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
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1964 Ratings: #8
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April 1, 1964 / Release Date
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Chess / Label
Blues / Genres
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thevillageidiot
92
Likely the most intimate blues album in history (with Clapton's Unplugged in a close second), Folk Singer is gorgeously simple, featuring a bare-bones backing band that includes blues legends Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon. The recording quality is so crystal clear that every vibrato is an earthquake, providing a depth in dynamic that cannot be described, only experienced. A few songs (particularly "Big Leg Woman") don't quite fit the motif, but the discrepancy isn't stark enough to dim ... read more
CheapandLethal
90
Superb
EMR
85
A superb collection of acoustic blues from one of the greatest myths of the delta blues, Muddy Waters. Aside from being a visionary guitarist, Muddy had this tremendous, incredibly poignant voice that led his songs to a transcendental, otherworldly plane. On Folk Singer, he and his band take in a much more laid-back approach to the Chicago-blues that made him such a standout act in the 60s. The recording quality is absolutely great up until this day, and the set of long-winded songs is highly ... read more
zaxapitsa
86
First 3 songs have such tension it feels like the record is gonna burst.
Hypnoglitz
90
The acoustics of the recording space match Muddy's voice soooooo well. Stripped back music at its best!
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Added on: October 25, 2013