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Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones

Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B0012K4WOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rolling Stone - Muddy Waters
2. I Got Love If You Want It - Slim Harpo
3. Dust My Broom - Elmore James
4. You Can't Catch Me - Chuck Berry
5. Diddley Daddy - Bo Diddley
6. Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
7. Boogie Chillin - John Lee Hooker
8. Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed
9. Rolling Stone Part 1 - Robert Wilkins
10. When The Sun Goes Down - Scrapper Blackwell / Leroy Carr
11. I'm A King Bee - Slim Harpo
12. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
13. Three O' Clock In The Morning - B.B. King
14. Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley
15. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
16. Stop Breakin Down Blues - Robert Johnson
17. Get Your Yas Yas Out - Blind Boy Fuller
18. Catfish Blues - Robert Petway
19. Evil (Is Going On) - Howlin' Wolf
20. That's No Way To Get Along - Robert Wilkins
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

It's hardly a state secret that the Rolling Stones started out as a blues cover band in 1962, and that the blues has always underpinned their long career, even as they flirted at different times with pop, disco, and reggae touches. The blues was always the touchstone, and this 22-track collection dips into some of the band's obvious influences, beginning with the Muddy Waters track "Rolling Stone," a version of Robert Petway's "Catfish Blues" (which is also included here) that gave the group its name, and reaching through to songs like Robert Wilkins' "That's No Way to Get Along," which appeared on the Stones' Beggars Banquet album as "Prodigal Son," and Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," which the Stones' covered wonderfully on Let It Bleed. Even setting the Rolling Stones connection aside, this set makes for a varied little survey sampler of the different strains of the blues, from the swampy, lazy malaise feel of Slim Harpo's "I'm a King Bee" to the blastoff electric slide guitar riff that drives Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" (one could make a strong case that this track exemplifies everything the Stones aspired to be) and the Bo Diddley roots of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," the song that first broke the Stones to an American audience. Again, it's no secret that these songs provided the template for the band that the Stones became, so in that sense this set isn't exactly revelatory, but hearing these original versions underscores just how strongly the Stones absorbed, expanded, and relied on the blues every step of the way. It is revealing, even if it isn't much of a surprise. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes December 25, 2009
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The Rlling Stones are my favorite rockers, and I love their blues roots. This is a good compilation of the music that inspired them. Most of these the Stones recorded themselves as covers. Excellent music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Roots of the Rolling Stones January 26, 2014
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I am a 66-year-old student of guitar, and have been studying the blues for half a dozen years, mostly to learn to play it. I was a Stones fan my entire life, especially Keith Richards, and this album pushes all my buttons. I just wish digital hadn't replaced vinyl--the old sounds are so much truer on vinyl, even with the scratches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 14, 2014
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not as good as
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