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ALBUM REVIEW

VARIOUS ARTISTS

“Stone Rock Blues”

MCA/Chess

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One reason “Voodoo Lounge” is being hailed as the most appealing Rolling Stones album in years is that it is, in part, a return to the band’s early blues roots. “Stone Rock Blues” focuses on those roots by dishing up the original versions of 18 R&B; or blues tunes that the Stones have recorded.

Among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members represented: Chuck Berry (on six tracks, including “Little Queenie”), Buddy Holly (“Not Fade Away”), Howlin’ Wolf (“Little Red Rooster”) and Muddy Waters (five songs, including “Rollin’ Stone”).

A splendid showcase.

Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four (excellent). A rating of five stars is reserved for classic reissues or retrospectives.

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