chess studio sound quality impressive, muddy's acoustic slide playing is immense and buddy guy's playing is so good considering he was only in his early twenties, willie dixon's upright bass completes this early power trio's perfectly balanced sound. bonus tracks of full electric band also well worth a listen.
Despite being an avid blues and jazz fan and being very familiar with much of Muddy Waters' work, this album had somehow eluded me for 50 odd years. Maybe I always thought I'd heard it! But I now know that I hadn't, otherwise I would definately have remembered it! This album is simply sublimely brilliant and quite possibly the best blues album I've ever heard. Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
When recording this album, Muddy's record company tried to cash in on the (at the time) ongoing folk rage. Also, at the time Muddy's fortunes were low, with blues loosing out to 'pop'music. The result is Muddy being blue to the bone on an entirely acoustic set, with a few songs entirely consisting of just Muddy and his acoustic guitar. Muddy digs deep and finds his acoustic Delta roots still waiting there. Chilling songs, most of them in a slow tempo, perfectely crafted but very much unlike the electronic hard stomping and up-tempo blues that gave Muddy his fame in the 50's and late 70's. (Which is par of the reason why is often - but unjustifiably - overlooked/ignored. ) To me, this is perfect acoustic blues, with Muddy at his best. A truly great album, but don't expect a typical "mannish boy' album.
Not the correct title for this album or cd never the less this recording of Muddy Waters is the top notch with great support from Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy this was recorded in September 1963 and will stand the test of time Muddy s moody blues vocals and slide guitar are a joy as well as Buddy Guy backing him with superb guitar playing with solid bass from Willie Dixon. No point in going on too much about the tracks they are all great.
Decades listening to Muddy, and how come I only just heard his best record? Mesmerising music, from the sublime 'You Gonna Need My Help' to the adrenalin-rich 'Short Dress Woman'. Blues legends in their youth, on Muddy's fourth album, unplugged and unrivalled. Folk music? "I guess all songs is folk songs," as Big Bill Broonzy said. "I never heard no horse sing 'em." You need this record.
This is a great Muddy Waters album - the sound and production is fantastic (co-produced by Willie Dixon, who also plays bass) so you really appreciate the acoustic guitars and bass on the first 9 tracks. It sounds like you're in the same room. Good Morning Little School Girl has some great guitar interplay between Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters and skips along, whereas My Captain is so sparse there's almost more silence than playing! Muddy in fine voice throughout. The next 5 songs are bonus tracks which feature a bigger group including Otis Spann on piano - still good but probably more along the lines of a traditional Muddy Waters album than the original Folk Singer LP.
My review is of the HDAD DVD Audio. Please refer to others more detailed reviews of this album. Simply put it is a superb blues album - what I call a 'grower' as it just grows and grows on you. This is rated 280/500 on Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Like all HDAD discs this DVD Audio is stereo only with 2 studio master options - one 24bit/96KHz the other 24bit/192KHz. Both are superb. Recorded in 1963, the clarity of the sonics is exceptional with no sign of any tape hiss/noise. For audiophiles, it is also available as an SACD. Play loud! Highly recommended but be aware, it is becoming difficult to obtain in this format.
A five star rating is all that is required for this excellent album. Any less would be injustice. Superb backing from a young Buddy Guy, great sound quality too, my favourite Muddy Waters album in acoustic setting.