Muddy Waters: Rollin' Stone
Muddy Waters (guitar, vocals)
Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection (MCA 088 112 301-2)
Recorded: Chicago, February 1950
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
"Rollin' Stone" puts us waist-deep in the Big/Muddy duet that entered the DNA of more rockers and bluesers than any other Muddy Waters track, truly his defining moment, the potent frontdoor-man bragfest. A sterling stop-time de-rangement launches this upscale version of the familiar Delta standard known as "Catfish Blues"; then it's power strums and tolling bells, and Muddy's mama predicting: "Got a boy child comin' gonna be a son-of-a-gun," and "a rolling stone" to boot. And the music world was never the same again!
Reviewer: Ed Leimbacher