Muddy Waters Folk Singer 200g 45rpm 2LP
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Audio Beat Rated 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sound!
The Absolute Sound 40th Anniversary Best Sounding Music!
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the May/June 2012 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Michael Fremer Rated 9 out of 10 for Music, 10 out of 10 for Sound!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the October 2011 Issue of Stereophile!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 282/500!
Cut at 45 RPM For The First Time Ever!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman From the Original 1964 Chess Analog Masters!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on 200 Gram Vinyl!
Folk Singer has been an audiophile staple for years. It always gets a bunch of
play at hi-fi shows. It's a no-doubter demonstration disc. But never before has
it sounded like this! Never has it been cut at 45 RPM!
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. Muddy of course started out playing acoustic
blues in the Delta, and he's clearly very comfortable in this return to his
roots, which was designed to appeal to the mid-1960s surge of interest in folk
"It's been ages since I've heard LP surfaces this quiet - as in dead quiet. The air, dynamic range, harmonic complexity, instrumental texture, verve in Waters' voice, and sheer sense of four guys making music together bring this recording to life as never before. It's by far the best sounding and most engaging version yet... analog lovers will be in hog heaven." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, May/June, Issue 223
Folk Singer represents a departure from the electric 'urban' blues sound that
Muddy Waters pioneered. This all-acoustic collection of recordings illustrates
his deep-rooted rural blues influences, reminiscent of the sides he made nearly
twenty-five years prior in Mississippi. This release features McKinley
Morganfield (Muddy Waters) on vocals and guitar, supported by a very young Buddy
Guy on guitar, blues legend Willie Dixon on upright bass and Clifton James on
This recording has enormous presence with ample room for Muddy's booming voice
Muddy's supporting cast includes a very young Buddy Guy on guitar, Willie Dixon
at the upright bass and Clifton James on drums.
"Worried that the folk-music fad was luring listeners away from the blues,
Chess Records directed Waters to record with acoustic instruments. These
sessions — by Waters, Willie Dixon and a young Buddy Guy — went astonishingly
well, and this pioneering "unplugged" set is beloved by blues and folk fans
alike." - www.rollingstone.com
"...This time, though, it's been given the royal treatment, and not just heavy vinyl. It has been remastered from the original tapes, pressed on Chad Kassem's new hardware and it plays at 45rpm. It is a revelation...It's always been a chillingly 'real' experience. Now, it's overwhelming. Buy it!" Sound Quality: 90% - Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, January 2012
"The Quality Record Pressing is drop-dead quiet—as silent as the best Japanese pressings from the late 1970s—and the amount of inner detail released is simply astonishing...the sound is sweet, liquid and free of harshness and edge. The dynamics are mind-boggling. When Muddy takes it up ten notches to emphasize a point it's positively explosive in a way the 33 1/3 version only suggests." - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 9/10, Sound 10/10!
"Folk Singer is a true audiophile war-horse... The playing is direct and unfettered, emphasizing the emotional rawness of the blues, and the sound is spacious and reverberant, creating a sonic atmosphere that fits the music especially well... Kassem made sure to hunt down the actual master tapes, refusing to use safety or backup copies. Perhaps it's this or the modifications made to the presses at QRP, but the sound... is extraordinary -- gracefully detailed and supremely focused. An original pressing of Folk Singer may have greater cachet for a record collector, but this is likely the definitive version for people who value the music." - Mark Mickelson, theaudiobeat.com, 4.5/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sound
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• 45rpm 200g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman
• Mastered from Original 1964 Chess Analog Masters
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• New Gatefold jacket with extra photos
Muddy Waters, vocals, guitar
Buddy Guy, guitar
Willie Dixon, bass
Clifton James, drums
LP 1 - Side A:
1. My Home Is in the Delta
2. Long Distance
LP 1 - Side B:
3. My Captain
4. Good Morning School Girl
5. You Gonna Need My Help
LP 2 - Side C:
6. Cold Weather Blues
7. Big Leg Woman
LP 2 - Side D:
8. Country Boy
9. Feel Like Going Home
Recorded September 1963 at Ter Mar Recording Studios.
||Muddy Waters Folk Singer 200g - 45
|This album is out standing OMG keeps you wanting more|
|- Nigel, INT|
||Every audiophile should own
|I have many version of this album including the quiex SV-P 200g. By far this 200g 45rpm 2lp set sounds the best.|
|- STEPHEN SOHN, CA|
||Truly the best sounding record I own
|The sound on this particular album is stunning. Its my first 45rpm album from Analogue Productions, and certainly will not be my last. My jaw dropped when I laid the stylus into the groove. The sound is so incredibly clean, the background is silent and the instrument separation is the best Ive ever heard. Muddys voice just jumps out and grabs you when you least expect it. I can hear Buddys guitar strings vibrate, and the bass slap. This is the first record Ive listened to where I actually feel like Im in the room with them. This will be the record I play when I want to show off my stereo.|
|- Christopher Myers, CA|