This is one of those great natural sounding recordings. It sounds amazing on the Mobile Fidelity CD also.
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The mofi and the sacd have smoother vocals as
the redbook can sound boomy at times IMO
and lacks the organized soundstage I get from the mofi
That being said I loved and felt the regular
CD was excellent until I got the gold one a couple of years back.
The sacd is very good at about half the price
I just hope we continue to see some great bluesmen in the future but I cannot see the future ever producing a John Lee Hooker or another BB King or a Buddy Guy or going back further Muddy etc. I guess part of it is a generational thing - these guys really came from humble beginnings and had so much to say when they played - maybe I am being unfair on the newer talent coming through.
The social conditions that produced the Blues no longer exist. I am afraid all the real blues recordings have been made. All we can look forward to is better technology to remaster them. I have a map of the state of Mississippi, that shows the birth place of well known bluesmen. I was stunned. There just has to be more bluesmen from the MS delta, than the rest of the country combined. It truly is a music from the delta.
There are a few greats scattered around the south, including Bessie who I think is fron TN. I have three of her boxed sets. Great stuff, but very poor recordings. That is the sad part, the music was great before the technology was. I use the word FEW in a relative sense, because Mississippi is the source and mother lode of the blues. And even within the state of Ms, it is concentrated in the delta. I went to the Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS and was amazed at the number of musicians from that state. I mean big time people. Blues, Country, soul/R&B, rock&roll, Jazz, Gospel even Classical. Mississppi punches well above it's weight when it comes to music. There are greats all over, but the sheer concentration of the numbers is what sets Mississippi apart.
BTW, I disagree that the delta blues is a subset. It is the original, the source therefore it cannot be a subset. All that it spawned can be called subsets. The Delta blues is just the blues. Texas / louisiana ,Chicago, The Carolinas may be called subsets. I don't list memphis because it is where the Delta starts.
Actually the roots of the blues originated and evolved during slavery in the old South through the spirtuals. I find much of Delta Blues, which I really love btw, reaches and speaks about pretty much all aspects of the human condition including lust, humor, despair, longing, joy, jeolousy, revenge, hate and hope. Did I leave anything out? I'm sure plenty and the blanks can be filled in with pretty much any adjective describing the human condition which these people endured. The point being it is folk storytelling to music by a people oppressed over a long period of time and a means to let it out without verbally complaining of the conditions which would have surely brought added pain and punishment.
I agree with you, Vicks. I've listened to Folk Singer hundreds of times. One of my favorite blues albums.
FWIW, some of my other blues favorites that are just one man and his instrument...
John Lee Hooker, The Country Blues
Fred McDowell, The First Recordings
Son House, Original Delta Blues
Lightnin Hopkins, Country Blues
Robert Pete Williams, Robert Pete Williams
Big Bill Broonzy, Trouble in Mind
Any vinyl recording at 45 RPM will sound much better than the 33-1/3 version. The CD version is out of absolute phase so depending on ones system I would suggest switching the phase and listening for the huge improvement for this recording. Sounds excellent on CD also, folks it all starts with the mastering.