Muddy Waters: Rollin' and Tumblin'
Rollin' and Tumblin'
Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)
Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection (MCA 088 112 301-2)
Composed by McKinley Morganfield (from earlier number identified with Hambone Willie Newburn).
Recorded: Chicago, February 1950
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
This particular duel broke the mold with a fast, chugging-and-churning beat and a chanted, moaning-and-groaning vocal – "Whiskey and women would not let me pray!" – so compelling it was allowed to take up both sides of the disc. But, in fact, Muddy had already anchored a faster, louder, more inchoate version recorded for tiny label Parkway, with Leroy Foster on guitar and lead vocals, and harp master Little Walter. Foster's track is a primitive early landmark of Chicago Blues, Waters's cover merely manic – but Mannish Boy proof that he could pretty much do it all by himself if he had to!
Reviewer: Ed Leimbacher