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Folk Singer

Muddy Waters

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

muddy waters folk singer

this record inspired me to begin my musical career. recommended for everyone.

Muddy Waters Unplugged

Mr. Morganfield unplugs and goes back to his roots and adds one of the greatest living guitar players, Buddy Guy, and bassist Willie Dixon. Ummm... I have several Muddy Waters collections and I think this may be one of my favorites and is pushing to the top of my all-time favorite blues albums. If you like the blues and if you like Muddy Waters, this is a great addition to your collection.

Mr. Waters, thank you.

This music makes the hair on the back of the Devils neck stand up. Not sure you can get more soul than this.

Biography

Born: April 4, 1915 in Rolling Fork, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Muddy Waters was the single most important artist to emerge in post-war American blues. A peerless singer, a gifted songwriter, an able guitarist, and leader of one of the strongest bands in the genre (which became a proving ground for a number of musicians who would become legends in their own right), Waters absorbed the influences of rural blues from the Deep South and moved them uptown, injecting his music with a fierce, electric energy and helping pioneer the Chicago Blues style that would come...
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