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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 008811202729
  • Catalog Number: 12027
  • Sales rank: 1,468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Buddy Guy Guitar
J.T. Brown Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Francis Clay Drums
Clifton James Drums
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
S.P. Leary Drums
Milton Rector Bass
Otis Spann Piano
James "Pee Wee" Madison Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Producer
Mary Katherine Aldin Liner Notes
Ralph Bass Producer, Liner Notes
Ron Malo Engineer
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Bob Schnieders Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Johnny Temple Composer
Erick Labson Remixing, Mastering
Don Bronstein Artwork, Cover Design
Meire Murakami Reissue Design
Beth Stempel Reissue Producer, Reissue Production Coordination
Johnny Lee Reissue Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    There aint no "Kumbaya" on this album

    This is pure blues performed by the best voice in the history of the Blues: Muddy Waters! This is a rare album in that he plays Acoustic guitar instead of electric and that is the reason they called it "Folk Singer" but there are no "folk" songs here as such, just pure blues. A great album.

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