The Folk Singer
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The Folk Singer

July 27, 1999

  Song Title Artist
My Home Is In The Delta Muddy Waters
Long Distance Muddy Waters
My Captain Muddy Waters
Good Morning Little School Girl Muddy Waters
You Gonna Need My Help (1963 Version) Muddy Waters
Cold Weather Blues Muddy Waters
Big Leg Woman Muddy Waters
Country Boy Buddy Guy
Feel Like Going Home Buddy Guy
The Same Thing (Single Version) Muddy Waters
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had Muddy Waters
My John The Conqueror Root Muddy Waters
Short Dress Woman Muddy Waters
Put Me In Your Lay Away Muddy Waters

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  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 48:46
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  • ASIN: B000W1AFZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,259 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A paradoxical wonder April 30, 2000
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shazam! February 12, 2007
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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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8 of 8 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
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"~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 Chilling September 10, 2001
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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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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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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 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 21 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by socalbiga
5.0 out of 5 stars An `Alternative Top 40' selection*
*This record is #1 in a select chronological list of 500 albums that never made the top 40 album charts (released 1964-present), yet considered among the best and/or most important... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thomas D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word "Incredible"
I have always enjoyed music of many different Genres. I purchased this able on a recommendation that is it was not only great but a good way to test the sound stage of new... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Harmon
1.0 out of 5 stars Analogue Productions very inferior to any other recordings.
So far all remasters that I have purchased from Analogue Productions have been absolutely horrible. Miles inferior to other remasters and much worse than the original recordings. Read more
Published 4 months ago by George Fracchia
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Compilation Of Acoustic and Electric Blues Recorded In 1963...
Despite the album title proclaiming Muddy Waters as a "Folk Singer", this is actually a first rate acoustic blues album, pure and simple. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Lover, moi. What a wonderful album with sonic silver bullet to boot!.
Great one for any one!
Yeah!! Go ahead and but it!
Published 5 months ago by Karma
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Not only is this a classic blues album and the singing is great, the recording quality is one of the best I have heard.
Published 6 months ago by R. D. Hoag
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes he is!
What makes a folk singer? Well, what kind of folks are you? What kind of folks did you have? What kind of folks have you got now? Just good old plain folks? This is for you! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tedrick Stone
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