Folk Singer =33rpm=200g
1 x LP
( 1964) 2015 US reissue on 200 G vinyl LP=From the original 1964 Chess analog masters, arguably the only "classic" blues record to achieve. Pressed at Quality Record Pressings. Mastered by Bernie Grundman. New Gatefold jacket, with extra photos. Mastered
Release date: 12-05-2011(originally released in 1964)
2015 US reissue on 200 G vinyl LP=From the original 1964 Chess analog masters, arguably the only "classic" blues record to achieve. Pressed at Quality Record Pressings. Mastered by Bernie Grundman. New Gatefold jacket, with extra photos. Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Oft-Issued Audiophile Blues Recording Has Never Sounded Better in Any Incarnation"
A1 My Home Is In The Delta
A2 Long Distance
A3 My Captain
A4 Good Morning School Girl
A5 You Gonna Need My Help
B1 Cold Weather Blues
B2 Big Leg Woman
B3 Country Boy
B4 Feel Like Going Home
Bass - Willie Dixon
Cover - Don Bronstein
Drums - Clifton James
Engineer - Ron Malo
Guitar - Buddy Guy
Guitar, Vocals - Muddy Waters
Liner Notes - Ralph Bass
Liner Notes [Insert] - Mary Katherine Aldin
Producer - Ralph Bass, Willie Dixon
Remastered By - Bernie Grundman
Review: How about a 45 RPM set from Analogue Productions' recently launched Quality Record Pressings Facility, mastered by Bernie Grundman, in a beautiful gatefold jacket with extra sessions shots? It's been ages since I've heard LP surfaces this quiet — as in dead quiet. The expense and effort that Chad Kassem and company put into this venture are immediately obvious. It's by far the best sounding and most engaging version yet... analog lovers will be in hog heaven. — Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, May/June, Issue 223
Muddy Waters' legendary 1964 Chess release Folk Singer is hands-down the most deliberated 'true audiophile' blues recording in existence. With outstanding support from Buddy Guy on second guitar, Otis Spann on piano, Willie Dixon at the upright bass, and contributions from drummer Clifton James, its reputation is not surprising, and the fact that Folk Singer stands as Waters' only acoustic album just adds to its significance in the blues canon.
Ranked #280 by Rolling Stone on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Folk Singer is not just a great blues album but an audiophile standard, arguably the only "classic" blues record to achieve such a prestigious standing. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 200g LP, with its grooves widened for 45RPM, this Chicago blues affair has never been better in any incarnation. Whether or not you already own this in a previous edition, consider Analogue Productions' new reissue an absolute must.
About Quality Record Pressing:
We put a lot of thought into how best to name our new pressing plant, but in the end the decision was to side with a simple, declarative statement: Quality Record Pressings. That’s it. Our entire focus is towards the goal of pressing the finest records the world has ever known.
It’s been a long time since anyone has actually manufactured a new record press. But we’ve done the next-best thing by taking three of the best brands ever made – SMT, Toolex Alpha and Finebilt – and rebuilding them equipped with modifications that have never before been tried in the record pressing industry.
Those innovations include adding microprocessors to the presses. Microprocessors allow both the operator and the engineer a level of control capability and feedback simply unavailable with manual valves and control systems. Second by second, the press operator can monitor and maintain production standards and press systems. The engineer can spot and correct variations as they occur.
To date, presses have closed and opened based on time. That time was set according to what the press engineer predicted would be the stamper’s temperature. We’ve now developed a die with an imbedded temperature sensor so that the presses at QRP will close and open precisely when the temperature is correct. Inevitably, a plant’s support water temperatures, cooling water temperatures and steam pressures will fluctuate throughout the day. By setting the presses to cycle by temperature, we can correct for all of those variations. It means a consistent sweet spot.
We’ve also installed a unique double steam valve system that reduces die temperature cycle time and provides a finely tuned level of temperature control so that records are produced without the temperature variations that result in record inconsistency.
And we’ve brought all of the extruders back to their original specifications, again to control the temperature of the vinyl. The most common errors we all hear in defective records today has to do with overheated vinyl.
But just as you can’t have an excellent finished LP without an error-free pressing, you also can’t produce great records without flawless plating. Which is why we’ve brought in the best plating man in the business, Gary Salstrom, to set up and operate a state-of-the-art plating department. Not every pressing plant has a plating department. And only one plant – QRP – has the best. Plating can affect everything from pre-echo and high-end loss to record profile and warping. Getting it right is essential.
This is but a brief synopsis of what sets QRP apart from the competition. The proof, of course, is in the product. We’re sure you’ll hear and see the difference.
Quality Record Pressings. As the old cliché goes, the name says it all.
Label: Analogue Productions-Chess
Originally released: 1964
This release: 2015