The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues [MCA]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Collecting two seminal Muddy Waters albums of the 1960s, this essential disc draws from a wide selection of classic blues stretching from 1948 to 1964, all of it prime material from the most important period of Waters’s career. From the minimal duo setting of “Kind Hearted Woman,” with just Muddy and bassist Ernest “Big” Crawford, to “Walking Thru the Park,” on which Waters is accompanied by a full electrified Chicago blues band, we can trace the musical evolution of one of the greatest of Chicago blues masters. Waters, playing stinging slide guitar and singing with a virile authority that few other bluesmen attained, is in magnificent form throughout; as he’s joined...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Collecting two seminal Muddy Waters albums of the 1960s, this essential disc draws from a wide selection of classic blues stretching from 1948 to 1964, all of it prime material from the most important period of Waters’s career. From the minimal duo setting of “Kind Hearted Woman,” with just Muddy and bassist Ernest “Big” Crawford, to “Walking Thru the Park,” on which Waters is accompanied by a full electrified Chicago blues band, we can trace the musical evolution of one of the greatest of Chicago blues masters. Waters, playing stinging slide guitar and singing with a virile authority that few other bluesmen attained, is in magnificent form throughout; as he’s joined by such brilliant players as bassist Willie Dixon, harmonica giant Little Walter, and guitarist Jimmy Rodgers, Waters’s music expands from its traditional southern roots, until it blossoms into the paragon of modern Chicago blues. Add Waters’s Anthology to this set, and you have a comprehensive picture of a great American musician.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Waters' The Real Folk Blues and More Real Folk Blues, combined here onto one CD, were not exactly random collections of tracks -- the quality was too consistently high for them to just have been picked out of a hat. Still, it was a pretty arbitrary grouping of items that he recorded between 1947 and 1964. In fact, they hail from throughout his whole stint at Chess, virtually; at the time these albums were first issued, though, all of the material on More Real Folk Blues was from the late '40s and early '50s. They didn't exactly concentrate on his most well-known songs, but they didn't entirely neglect them either, including "Mannish Boy," "Walking Thru the Park," "The Same Thing," "Rollin' & Tumblin' Part One," "She's Alright," and "Honey Bee," amongst somewhat more obscure selections. So ultimately, this disc's usefulness depends on your fussiness as a collector -- if it's the only Waters you ever pick up, you'll still have a good idea of his greatness, and if you don't mind getting some tracks you might already have on more avowedly best-of sets, you'll probably hear some stuff you don't already have in your collection. On the basis of the music alone, it's fine material, representing his hardest-rocking electric blues "Mannish Boy," "Walking Thru the Park", his most rural down-home sides particularly the earliest sides, on which his only accompanist is bassist Big Crawford, and more idiosyncratic cuts like "The Same Thing," with Willie Dixon's captivatingly out-of-tune bass. Incidentally, just to make matters confusing, Waters did record a folk-oriented album in the mid-'60s, but it's not one of the two records included here -- it's his entirely separate Folk Singer album, from 1964.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 008811282226
  • Catalog Number: 112822
  • Sales rank: 44,140

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Cotton Harmonica
Willie Dixon Bass
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Little Walter Harmonica
Junior Wells Harmonica
Johnny Jones Piano
Francis Clay Drums
Ernest "Big" Crawford Bass
Pat Hare Guitar
Ransom Knowling Bass
S.P. Leary Drums
Odie Payne Jr. Drums
Jimmy Rogers Guitar
Sunnyland Slim Piano
Otis Spann Piano
Andrew Stephenson Bass
Luther Tucker Guitar
Elga Edmunds Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Producer, Liner Notes
Bo Diddley Composer
Marshall Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Andy McKaie Producer
Muddy Waters Composer
Don Robey Composer
Mark A. Humphrey Liner Notes
Paul Williams Liner Notes
Don Bronstein Cover Art
Melvin Steals Composer
M. Ledbetter Composer
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