Folk Singer

Folk Singer

Folk Singer

Folk Singer:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! *This record is #1 in a select chronological list of 500 albums that never made the top 40 album charts (released 1964-present), yet considered among the best and/or most important albums ever released. "An Alternative Top 40" is a work in progress, to be published in 2017.(Billboard - did not chart) In 1964, Blues music fulfilled just about any definition of `Alternative' music. In that year, blues as a genre was so unpopular that it could possibly even classify as `Outsider' music. For example, Blues was considered to be such anathema that even identifying with the label `Blues' was considered commercial suicide. The once reliable Black audience now saw the blues as `Grampa music' while the white audience that would eventually embrace the genre had not yet coalesced. So, people like Muddy Waters, and his label, Chess Records - a label that made a living from selling blues-related music - had a problem. How do you present a blues artist to a market that is not interested in your product? As a `solution', Chess took a crass commercial idea and ran with it. In 1963, `Folk' music was all the rage. Lots of crappy three-part harmony-singing college dudes in sweaters were selling records by the millions, while real artists like Bob Dylan and Fred Neil were legitimizing the new trend. To make Muddy Waters more saleable, they simply stopped calling him a blues singer and, through the title of this album, re-invented him as a "Folk Singer.' Problem solved! The truth, though, is that Muddy Waters didn't change his style one bit in some crass attempt to appeal to the neo-folkies. He stayed true to himself, and what happened? The faux-folk movement faded away as listeners grew more discerning, and tried to find `real' folk music with roots. This led to an era of re-discovery and re-birth. For some, tracing the history of the blues became a full-blown passion and a lifelong obsession. This fascination would eventually lead to the rebirth of the blues as a popular music form. Much of the credit for that rebirth lies with Muddy Waters and the music on this record. An interesting result of Waters' recording process on "Folk Singer" is how it allows us to hear blues music differently than we were used to. Until now, electric blues records were (usually accidentally) claustrophobic in their sound palette. The distorted harmonica would melt into the overdriven sound of the vocal track. A blues record was like a burning car - it wasn't made up different pieces that come together to create a whole but was instead a flaming amalgamation of sound that couldn't be broken down to constituent pieces. Much like the early acoustic 78 RPM blues records that were recorded poorly and full of surface noise, the indecipherability of the sound provided mystery. On "Folk Music", Chess Records suddenly started acting as if they were a Jazz label like Verve, providing space between the instruments, where the room is a virtual instrument. For better or worse, the blues sounded `respectable' on "Folk Singer". It is the only all-acoustic album Waters ever made. The single most important thing to recognize while listening to "Folk Singer" is that by 1964, the entire American music industry treated Muddy Waters as a has-been while in actuality, he was pointing the way to the future. The electric blues movement, which Muddy Waters himself was largely responsible for, had changed the entire dynamic of the genre, generating sparks of interest among a younger white audience that would eventually burst into flame, particularly in England. This album is a gorgeous oddity, as it captures Waters deliberately avoiding his electric sound, playing much as he did before his Chicago relocation. A+ Tom Ryanindianapolis mall,high order,denver mallFolk Singer
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Gatefold 180-gram vinyl. Folk Singer is the fourth studio album by Muddy Waters, released in April 1964 by Chess Records. The album features Waters on acoustic guitar, backed by Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. It is Waters's only all-acoustic album.

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Folk Singer

Folk Singer:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! *This record is #1 in a select chronological list of 500 albums that never made the top 40 album charts (released 1964-present), yet considered among the best and/or most important albums ever released. "An Alternative Top 40" is a work in progress, to be published in 2017.(Billboard - did not chart) In 1964, Blues music fulfilled just about any definition of `Alternative' music. In that year, blues as a genre was so unpopular that it could possibly even classify as `Outsider' music. For example, Blues was considered to be such anathema that even identifying with the label `Blues' was considered commercial suicide. The once reliable Black audience now saw the blues as `Grampa music' while the white audience that would eventually embrace the genre had not yet coalesced. So, people like Muddy Waters, and his label, Chess Records - a label that made a living from selling blues-related music - had a problem. How do you present a blues artist to a market that is not interested in your product? As a `solution', Chess took a crass commercial idea and ran with it. In 1963, `Folk' music was all the rage. Lots of crappy three-part harmony-singing college dudes in sweaters were selling records by the millions, while real artists like Bob Dylan and Fred Neil were legitimizing the new trend. To make Muddy Waters more saleable, they simply stopped calling him a blues singer and, through the title of this album, re-invented him as a "Folk Singer.' Problem solved! The truth, though, is that Muddy Waters didn't change his style one bit in some crass attempt to appeal to the neo-folkies. He stayed true to himself, and what happened? The faux-folk movement faded away as listeners grew more discerning, and tried to find `real' folk music with roots. This led to an era of re-discovery and re-birth. For some, tracing the history of the blues became a full-blown passion and a lifelong obsession. This fascination would eventually lead to the rebirth of the blues as a popular music form. Much of the credit for that rebirth lies with Muddy Waters and the music on this record. An interesting result of Waters' recording process on "Folk Singer" is how it allows us to hear blues music differently than we were used to. Until now, electric blues records were (usually accidentally) claustrophobic in their sound palette. The distorted harmonica would melt into the overdriven sound of the vocal track. A blues record was like a burning car - it wasn't made up different pieces that come together to create a whole but was instead a flaming amalgamation of sound that couldn't be broken down to constituent pieces. Much like the early acoustic 78 RPM blues records that were recorded poorly and full of surface noise, the indecipherability of the sound provided mystery. On "Folk Music", Chess Records suddenly started acting as if they were a Jazz label like Verve, providing space between the instruments, where the room is a virtual instrument. For better or worse, the blues sounded `respectable' on "Folk Singer". It is the only all-acoustic album Waters ever made. The single most important thing to recognize while listening to "Folk Singer" is that by 1964, the entire American music industry treated Muddy Waters as a has-been while in actuality, he was pointing the way to the future. The electric blues movement, which Muddy Waters himself was largely responsible for, had changed the entire dynamic of the genre, generating sparks of interest among a younger white audience that would eventually burst into flame, particularly in England. This album is a gorgeous oddity, as it captures Waters deliberately avoiding his electric sound, playing much as he did before his Chicago relocation. A+ Tom Ryanindianapolis mall,high order,denver mallFolk Singer