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Folk Singer [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Muddy WatersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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listen  1. My Home Is In The DeltaMuddy Waters 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Long DistanceMuddy Waters 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My CaptainMuddy Waters 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Good Morning Little School GirlMuddy Waters 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You Gonna Need My Help (1963 Version)Muddy Waters 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cold Weather BluesMuddy Waters 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Big Leg WomanMuddy Waters 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Country BoyBuddy Guy 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Feel Like Going HomeBuddy Guy 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Same Thing (Single Version)Muddy Waters 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never HadMuddy Waters 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. My John The Conqueror RootMuddy Waters 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Short Dress WomanMuddy Waters 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Put Me In Your Lay AwayMuddy Waters 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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In the late 1940s and early '50s, Chicago was the epicenter of the blues explosion; all the roads led there, from Mississippi Delta, the Midwest and the Southeast. It all began in 1948 with the release of a 78-rpm single by a singer-guitarist called Muddy Waters. Aristocrat 1305 bore a pair of traditional Mississippi Delta-styled pieces "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "I Feel ... Read more in Amazon's Muddy Waters Store

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  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Chess
  • ASIN: B00000JNOJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Muddy Waters started out playing acoustic blues in the Delta, and it shows on this return to his roots, designed to appeal to the mid-1960s surge of interest in folk music. The back of the CD includes a photo of Waters with bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon, as well as a very young Buddy Guy, gathered around a single microphone. This particular CD reissue includes five bonus tracks, among which are "The Same Thing" and "Short Dress Woman," which take advantage of the longer CD running time. All of the other reasons to hear this one remain--Waters's strong, confident voice, the relaxed smoothness of the material, and the surprisingly clean recording, made even cleaner by the digital remastering. --Genevieve Williams

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Muddy returned to his acoustic roots on this 1964 LP, expanded with five bonus tracks from Muddy's next two Chess sessions!

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I picked up this CD after hearing two of its tracks on Muddy Waters' Best 1956 - 1964. It's a wonderful acoustic blues album. You've got the king of the electric blues, his wonderful voice and slide guitar, you've got legendary songwriter/bassist Willie Dixon, AND, as if that weren't enough, a very young Buddy Guy on lead guitar (who I believe to be the best guitarist in the world). All these ingredients make for one great album. Plus there are bonus tracks to fill out the CD (missing Buddy Guy unfortunately), terrific liner notes and photos, and digital remastering. This CD really, really sounds great. I was blown away by the audio quality. It sounds as if the album were recorded last year. If you like Muddy Waters, acoustic blues, or just great music, check out Folk Singer immediately.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A paradoxical wonder April 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Nothing is quite so productive of irony as the collision of art and commerce, and this sterling CD is a perfect example. The year is 1964, and the (white) owners of Chess Records are concerned that Chicago-style electrified blues is being usurped in the marketplace by "folk music"--everything, that is, from the Weavers to the rediscovered Mississippi John Hurt. So they importune the great Muddy Waters to trim his sails to the commerical breeze and cut a "folk" session with an acoustic guitar. Sell out? Nothing of the kind. Muddy, needless to say, came up via the Delta string-band tradition to start with, so unplugging was hardly a stretch for him. And the result was, and is, a stripped-down wonder, with the singer's bottomless, resonant baritone front and center, supported by his own expert fingerpicking, Willie Dixon's upright bass, and an extremely youthful Buddy Guy supplying electric fills. Fantastic, just fantastic, with one of Muddy's all-time greatest performances, "You Can't Lose What You Never Had."
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shazam! February 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a great blues album! I just received it in the mail, and this is one of those CD's that exceeds all expectations. First, I was floored by the sound quality - hi-res with beaucoups of air and a realistic soundstage. As I continued through the disc, it became obvious that this CD belongs on a short list of the best blues albums ever made because the performances were incredible! No folk songs here - it's all acoustic blues with Willie Dixon on bass and Buddy Guy on guitar accompanying Muddy. The bonus tracks are all keepers too. This is absolutely essential blues, and music for the ages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lousy Title. Fabulous Music August 20, 2006
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This is not a folk album; it's a blues album. And it's one of the best blues albums anybody ever recorded. I have a lot of Muddy Waters' CDs, and this one makes me stop and listen to how great his voice was, how well he could tell a story, how deeply he could hook you. You get that "back porch blues" feeling, like he's there with you on a hot summer night strummin' and singin' with a couple of friends he brought along.

This album is a must for any Muddy Waters--or blues--lover.

The remastered recording is quite clear and fresh, a great sounding album
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption for the Legend March 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"~Folk Singer is a stunning return to acoustic folk blues for Muddy Waters. The remastering is superb and the picking and rhythmic patterns of a young Buddy Guy is mouth dropping. If you're going to get a Muddy Waters cd, don't waste your time with a greatest hits package, you can't listen to the blues like that, it's more a feeling at a certain point in time, and at the time of this recording, all the artists were on the same page. development and history of American music. This and Newport are pillars in the folk/blues movement of the late 50's and early 60's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accoustic gem from the founder of electric blues July 30, 1999
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If you are looking for a moment of peace amidst the hustle bustle of modern life, get this CD which features the King of the Blues going back to his roots with some gorgeous accoustic guitar work and timeless songs. Muddy's playing is sparse so that every note matters. His singing is soft and mysterious. This is American music at its best. It is also a wonderful record for guitar players who wish to practice their blues scales to pre-recorded music...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling September 10, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Acoustic Muddy, one step removed from the Delta and backed by outstanding musicians. Most notably Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. Wonderful stuff. Muddy's gut-wrenching vocals run the gamut from sweet-as-honey to scorned and shaken. Make this a must for your collection -- blues or otherwise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best blues CD of all time January 18, 2013
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If you get the chance to listen to this cd, it will be like listening to music for the first time ever. You will wonder how you have gone so long without listening to music of this caliber. It is something you just have to experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Immortal work from an immortal.
Published 21 days ago by Jonathan J. Sender
5.0 out of 5 stars Primo blues
In his prime. Say no more!
Published 1 month ago by Marko51
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Great Album! I Love It!
Published 2 months ago by Alexandre R. Lopes
5.0 out of 5 stars the king of the chicago blues, redux.
As everyone else who has reviewed this album has noted, this ain't folk music. That said, a great album by muddy waters and one of his many back-up bands. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mark kantor
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Folk Singer, but Blues Singer
Many long-forgotten Delta bluesmen rode the rising tide of the early 60s folk revival. Muddy had already played the Newport Festival with an electric band and received a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. McCool
5.0 out of 5 stars Have the album.
Really wanted this for my tablet because I never listen to records/tapes/cds anymore. It is still great music! Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by NYCGIRL
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound quality
The sound quality of this record is just amazing! How could they manage it in 1963? I woud like to try the vinyl record also.
Published 4 months ago by Ulf Brosř
5.0 out of 5 stars Muddy Waters at his best
Slightty slowed down versions of some of his hits (plus a few more songs) with alot of backup by the super talented Buddy Guy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
This cd was a gift for my husband. He is a Fan of BLUES Music. When he is on the road, he listens to it all the time.
Published 6 months ago by AL Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars BLUES AT IT'S BEST
Worried that the folk-music fad was luring listeners away from the blues, Chess Records directed Waters to record with acoustic instruments. Read more
Published 6 months ago by socalbiga
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