Muddy Waters: Rollin' and Tumblin'


Rollin' and Tumblin'


Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)


Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection (MCA 088 112 301-2)

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Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals), Big Crawford (bass).

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


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