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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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
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
First 3 songs have such tension it feels like the record is gonna burst.
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