Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (1964/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:34 minutes | 1,82 GB
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There are a handful of landmark albums in any genre. In the blues, one of them is Muddy Waters’ Folk Singer. Originally released in 1964, Folk Singer was the only acoustic album Waters ever recorded, thus becoming the first and perhaps best blues concept album ever. Now, Folk Singer, which includes fellow blues greats Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon backing up Waters, is being re-released in an expanded version that features two bonus tracks recorded during the two 1964 sessions that followed those for the album – “The Same Thing” and “You Can’t Lose What You Never Had”. Muddy Waters was the king of electric Chicago blues, but on Folk Singer he proved to be, simply, one of the greats of 20th century music.
Muddy’s “unplugged” album was cut in September of 1963 and still sounds fresh and vital today. It was Muddy simply returning to his original style on a plain acoustic guitar in a well-tuned room with Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on second acoustic guitar. The nine tracks are divvied up between full rhythm section treatments with Buddy and Muddy as a duo and the final track, “Feel Like Going Home,” which Waters approaches solo. What makes this version of the album a worthwhile buy is the inclusion of five bonus tracks from his next two sessions: An April 1964 session brings us Willie Dixon’s “The Same Thing” and Muddy’s “You Can’t Lose What You Never Had,” while the October 1964 session features J.T. Brown on sax and clarinet on “Short Dress Woman” and “My John the Conqueror Root,” as well as “Put Me in Your Lay Away,” another strong side. Folk Singer offers both sides of Muddy from the early ’60s.