Various Artists

All Blues'd Up! Songs of the Rolling Stones

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That the Rolling Stones built a long and illustrious career with the blues as a template is hardly any kind of revelation, and while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards developed into a pretty fair and often brilliant songwriting team, the Stones themselves never ventured too far from the Chicago blues model that brought them all together in the first place. It should come as no surprise, then, that when veteran blues players get their hands on a Rolling Stones song, it usually works out well. This set has several examples of this migration back to the blues, and some of them, like Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown's shakedown of “Ventilator Blues,” Otis Clay's stunning take on “Wild Horses,” and Johnny Copeland's guitar-dominated “Tumblin’ Dice” (it was Copeland's last recording before his death in 1997), are near definitive interpretations. This set is a perfect illustration that “whatever goes around, comes around.”

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