Muddy Waters - Folk Singer

 (Ultra Tape)

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Analogue Productions Ultra Tape reel-to-reel reissues!

Sourced from original master tapes

Transferred using ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads

Custom slipcase cover - highest quality tape reissue!

From Acoustic Sounds, Inc., the world leader in audiophile music sales, comes the highest quality analog reel-to-reel tape album reissues - Analogue Productions Ultra Tape!

Follow along as writer/professor Wayne Goins explores the creation of Folk Singer, and leads a visual tour of the former Chess Records studios, here.

"After a long wait, my copy of Analog Productions Muddy Waters - Folk Singer (Ultra Tape) 1/4 Inch - 15 IPS Tape finally arrived today. Mamma Mia! I'll write in more detail in upcoming reviews in due course, but there is something fundamentally right about the sonic scope and raw music that comes through this format. The lack of a mechanical imprint, which even the best digital is not free of, and the dynamic freedom is simply the charts. The packaging, the quality of the printing, and the overall experience of this format scream quality at every turn. Extremely impressive! You can call me a convert!" — Matej Isak,

"My first reaction when Chad Kassem told me at a recent audio show that Muddy Water's Folk Singer would highlight Acoustic Sound's second series of 15-ips tape releases was complete shock. Not for long, though, as exhilaration rapidly starting coursing through my body. What audiophile in their right mind with a tape machine wouldn't want a 15-ips tape copy of this classic Chess Records recording? One that has an extra, unlisted tenth track of Waters's 'You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had' (taken from an April 1964 recording session) that's not on the original album. For good reason, too, as this new 15-ips tape copy lives up to and exceeds even the most lofty expectations. The tape just brings this 1963 recording to life in new and unexpected ways whether it be foot taps, the sound of Guy's guitar and reverb trails." — Myles B. Astor, Positive, Issue 100, Nov. 1, 2018. Read the entire review here.

"The Muddy Waters is the best sounding tape I have ever heard. It's beyond any expectation of what any tape could ever sound like. It sounded like Muddy was in our room! He came alive. It makes it all worthwhile. The packaging is over the top. It is heirloom quality. All you can say is: 'Holy Shit!' You nailed it." - Tom Caselli, Alpharetta, Georgia

From Analogue Productions comes another classic title in our Ultra Tape reel-to-reel album reissue series. Each is a 15 ips, ¼-inch analog tape copy (IEC equalization) sourced from a copy of the original analog master tape. Transferred real-time, using an ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads. Custom slipcase cover.

There are a handful of landmark albums in any genre. In the blues, one of them is Muddy Waters' Folk Singer. Originally released in 1964, Folk Singer was the only acoustic album Waters ever recorded, thus becoming the first and perhaps best blues concept album ever. Muddy of course started out playing acoustic blues in the Delta, and he's clearly very comfortable in this return to his roots, which was designed to appeal to the mid-1960s surge of interest in folk music.

Muddy's supporting cast includes a very young Buddy Guy on guitar, Willie Dixon at the upright bass and Clifton James on drums.

This recording has enormous presence with ample room for Muddy's booming voice to resonate.



1. My Home Is In The Delta
2. Long Distance
3. My Captain
4. Good Morning School Girl
5. You Gonna Need My Help
6. Cold Weather Blues
7. Big Leg Woman
8. Country Boy
9. Feel Like Going Home

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 11/19/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Keith Lambert
I listened to this for the first time last night; it's quite simply one of, if not the best, music release that I have ever heard. Just astounding! I've been a music fan since I was very young (now 54 years old) and it's rare that something REALLY excites me these days. This, however, has put me in an ecstatic spin. I recently got into the world of R2R and I'm very pleased to have this in my collection.


posted on 08/19/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: William
I first heard this record when MoFi released it on 200g vinyl in 1994 and then later on the Classic Records vinyl release and have loved both. Now comes this awesome thing. Truly a revelation! Careful what you play it on though, the low notes on Long Distance will destroy a small woofer (adios PRO LX5)! LOL

Unmatched Music and Media at any price.

posted on 06/16/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: WaynesWorldFL
I thought I knew Muddy Waters' blues till I heard this tape. Over the years I've listened to this album dozens of times on all manner of media be it analog and digital, but now I can say I had never heard it the way it needs to be heard till I listened to this masterfully recorded two reel set. The air, space and texture of his voice is unparalleled. Muddy is right there, I mean right there in the room with you, his voice piercing and gritty and thanks to the production and the super quality tape itself the music gets into your very being and doesn't let go. Presentation is gorgeous and everything is top shelf from the case to the inserts to the packaging. 10/10.

Nec plus ultra - nothing better

posted on 04/13/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Christian Mann
I wanted this tape since I became aware it was available for a short while, in limited edition. I have most of the highly regarded digital prints and downloads of this seminal work, but the 15" tape is another "animal", more real, ferocious and exhilarating that anything else, at times it is truly scary in its realism, scale and dynamics. Special mention here for the superb packaging and very thoughtful protection; I was apprehensive a bit due to the increased chance of something going wrong on the way to New Zealand, but I shouldn't have worry ! Many thanks to the great team at Acoustic Sounds !

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