Friday, February 05, 2016


A few weeks ago we heard one of the wildest records to come out of the early postwar period in Chicago: the Leroy Foster trio’s completely feral Parkway recording of the traditional “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” with moaned vocals, Little Walter blowing hard on harp, and Muddy Waters’ slashing slide guitar. As Muddy was contracted to Aristocrat at the time, he got in trouble with the Chess brothers and had to rerecord his own two-part version of “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” the following month for them. Here is Part 1.

Muddy Waters • Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Part 1 • 1950

Muddy Waters, vocal/guitar; Ernest “Big” Crawford, bass; poss. Elgin Evans, drums. Chicago, February 1950

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