Sings Big Bill/Folk Singer

Sings Big Bill/Folk Singer

by Muddy WatersMuddy Waters


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The original version of this two-LPs-on-one-CD release was done by MCA in 1986. Beat Goes On's 1998 remastering runs circles around the MCA version for sound, and also outclasses, ever so slightly, Mobile Fidelity's Ultradisc edition of Folk Singer. The Sings Big Bill album is the main beneficiary, songs like "Tell Me Baby" finally leaping out at you with the kind of impact that Muddy Waters' work was supposed to have -- now you can hear what the Rolling Stones must have when they decided to cover this number, not the washed out resonances of the earlier reissues, vinyl and CD alike. The drums and bass are infinitely brighter and sharper, and heavier, and Waters' singing is close, so much so that the older CD pales. New notes are provided along with a reprint of the original jacket copy, and while there's no session information, these do provide insights into the thinking behind the two albums and Waters' approach to them, as well as the surprisingly mixed critical reaction to each at the time. One anomaly is that the songs from Folk Singer are present in their reverse side order, with the side two numbers from the LP preceding those from side one. The BGO mastering on those is also slightly punchier and brighter than the Mobile Fidelity version, though it is the Sings Big Bill numbers that are far-and-away the most altered for the better. (British import)

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2002
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261203977
catalogNumber: 397
Rank: 45722

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muddy Waters   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
James Cotton   Harmonica
Willie Dixon   Bass
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Francis Clay   Drums
Pat Hare   Guitar
Clifton James   Drums
Otis Spann   Piano
Andrew Stephenson   Bass
Willie Dixon Band   Bass

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Johnnie "Geechie" Temple   Composer
Ralph Bass   Liner Notes
Muddy Waters   Composer
Tony Russell   Liner Notes
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Studs Terkel   Liner Notes
Bob Schnieders   Liner Notes

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