The Real Folk Blues (Muddy Waters album)

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The Real Folk Blues
The Real Folk Blues (Muddy Waters album) cover art.jpg
Compilation album by Muddy Waters
Released January 1966 (1966-01)[1]
Recorded September 1947 – 1964[2][3][4][5] in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Chicago blues, folk blues
Length 34:02[5]
Label Chess
Producer Marshall Chess[6]
Muddy Waters chronology
The Best of Muddy Waters
(1957)
The Real Folk Blues
(1965)
Muddy Waters:The Blues Man
(1966)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

The Real Folk Blues is a 1966 compilation album of Muddy Waters recordings, released on the Chess record label in January 1966. The album was the first release of The Real Folk Blues series and has since been re-released on multiple formats. The album features some of Waters' first recordings.

Artwork and packaging[edit]

The cover art photography and design on The Real Folk Blues was done by Don S. Bronstein and the sleeve notes for the original album were done by Willie Dixon. On a reissue of the album, new liner notes were authored by Cary Baker.[6]

Recording Background[edit]

Muddy Waters started out recording for Aristocrat Records in 1947, somehow a predecessor of Chess Records. Those early recording only features Ernest "Big" Crawford backing Muddy.[5] Later when Leonard and Phil Chess took over the record label, Muddy used a more electric backing band featuring members such as Little Walter.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Muddy Waters, except when indicated.

  1. "Mannish Boy" (Muddy Waters, Mel London, Ellas McDaniel) – 2:54
  2. "Screamin' & Cryin'" – 3:04
  3. "Just to Be with You" (Bernard Roth) – 3:13
  4. "Walkin' Thru the Park" – 2:40
  5. "Walkin' Blues" (Robert Johnson) – 2:54
  6. "Canary Bird" – 2:42
  7. "Same Thing" (Dixon) – 2:37
  8. "Gypsy Woman" – 2:31
  9. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" – 2:57
  10. "Forty Days and Forty Nights" (Roth) – 2:50
  11. "Little Geneva" – 2:45
  12. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" – 2:55

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to The Real Folk Blues[2][3][4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ackerman, Paul, ed. (January 15, 1966). "New Release Inventory Checklist". Billboard. Vol. 78 (No. 3): 52. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Robert L. Campbell; Robert Pruter; George R. White; Tom Kelly. "The Aristocrat Label". Robert Campbell. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b George R. White; Robert L. Campbell; Tom Kelly. "The Chess Label Part I (1950–1952)". Robert Campbell. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b George R. White; Robert L. Campbell; Tom Kelly. "The Chess Label Part II (1953–1955)". Robert Campbell. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Cub Koda. "The Real Folk Blues > Overview". Allmusic Guide. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Real Folk Blues > Credits". Allmusic Guide. Retrieved September 9, 2010.