Label: Opus 3 – LP22111
Audiophile 180g LP! The Sound Quality is Crisp and Clear!
“One of the BEST Sounding Guitar Recordings I have EVER heard!” – The Audiophile Voice
Musical Performance 4.5/5 Stars! Sound Quality 5/5 Stars!!!
Eric Bibb’s album Blues, Ballads And Work Songs covers the complete range of traditional folk/blues songs which were an inherent part of his childhood up to the present time with his own inimitable compositions. This collaboration between Eric Bibb and Jan-Eric Persson features bluesy, traditional songs; standards of the folk/blues scene including Stagger Lee, John Henry, and Take This Hammer.
“The recording is awesome in its simplicity, with perfect engineering from Jan-Eric Persson, Opus 3’s head honcho. It presents Bibb front and center, sounding perfectly natural and unexaggerated. Throughout the record he uses a number of guitars, which he denotes in each track’s written introduction, and the recording is so clean that you can easily hear the differences between instruments.” – Rad Bennett, www.hometheatersound.com, October 2011
“Opus 3 co-founder and recording engineer Jan-Eric Persson says he used the same tube stereo microphone he had used on Eric Bibb’s original recordings, starting in 1977. The result is very good… If you enjoy what Eric Bibb has been doing for the past 35 years, you’ll want this album.” – Gerard Rejskind, Ultra High Fidelity Magazine
In Blues, Ballads and Work Songs, the basic concept is to cover the complete range of traditional folk/blues songs that were an inherent part of his childhood up to the present time with his own inimitable compositions. To quote Eric:”Blues, Ballads & Work Songs is an album I have been working on for most of my life. Its release coincides with my 60th birthday and it celebrates the music that first inspired me to become a guitar-playing singer. Being as passionate about writing songs as I am about singing and playing traditional material, I couldn’t resist including the self-penned tunes at the end of the record. These newer songs, are the ‘children’ of the older ones.”
Most of the songs on B, B & WS were “standards” of the folk/blues scene I was exposed to as a child. I heard them performed on countless occasions by my father’s friends and colleagues. I often think of this music as part of my DNA. It has a lot to do with who I am today.” – Eric Bibb, July 1, 2011
• Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering
• Cut by Lupo at Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin