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

  • 1. Mannish Boy
    2. Screamin' and Cryin'
    3. Just to Be With You
    4. Walking Through the Park
    5. Walking Blues
    6. Canary Bird
    7. Same Thing, The
    8. Gypsy Woman
    9. Rollin' and Tumblin'
    10. 40 Days and 40 Nights
    11. Little Geneva
    12. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
    13. Sad Letter
    14. Gonna Need My Help
    15. Whiskey Blues
    16. Down South Blues
    17. Train Fare Blues
    18. Kind-Hearted Woman
    19. Appealing Blues
    20. Early Morning Blues
    21. Too Young to Know
    22. She's All Right
    23. My Life Is Ruined
    24. Honey Bee
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 436

  • Credits

    2 LPs on 1 CD: THE REAL FOLK BLUES (1965)/MORE REAL FOLK BLUES (1967).
    This imported disc is the way to hear the material on these two legendary records -- bright, sharp, and mean. Released in January of 1966, The Real Folk Blues was the first long-player since The Best of Muddy Waters, eight years earlier, to assemble any of Muddy's various singles, from "Gypsy Woman" in 1947 through "The Same Thing" in 1964, in one place. The transformation of Muddy's persona is astonishing, from the youthful experimenter in "Gypsy Woman" to the bold, elegant virtuoso in "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had." More Real Folk Blues, which followed a year later, was the last raid on Muddy's single catalog until the '70s, and it tied up several loose ends -- there's nothing half as familiar as "Rollin' and Tumblin'" or "Mannish Boy" from the companion volume, but there are a dozen tracks from Muddy's early prime at the dawn of the '50s, playing with a band that included Little Walter. The songs include his version of Robert Johnson's "Kind-Hearted Woman," which is reshaped in Muddy's electric style, a precursor to his remakes of Big Bill Broonzy's repertory at the other end of the decade. The 1998 remastering for BGO's two-on-one CD reissue puts the bass practically up against your ear, the slide guitar of "Sad Letter" or "Gonna Need My Help" is right in your face, and Muddy's singing has the impact of a pile driver singing the blues. The notes are informative, although the absence of a sessionography or credits is inconvenient and the one area where the producers' efforts fell flat -- in every other respect, this is a vital addition to Muddy's CD discography, even for those who own the domestic versions of both titles. (British import). ~ Bruce Eder

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