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  • Summary: The suddenly-prolific 74-year-old Mississippi bluesman offers up a back-to-the-basics live set, recorded in Portland in January 2001 with two backing musicians.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. The album's electrifying, hypnotic songs are hard to shake.
  2. Essential Burnside, especially for beginners. [9 Nov 2001, p.110]
  3. Burnside and Co. play with a perfect recklessness, as though no one was listening.
  4. The 74-year-old singer/guitarist rocks out furiously for the better part of the set, evoking obvious predecessors such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
  5. Backed by 22-year-old grandson Cedric Burnside on drums and longtime slide-guitar partner Kenny Brown, the trio locks into a groove almost instinctually on tracks like "Skinny Woman" and "Goin' Down South."
  6. 60
    If you thought they didn't make 'em like this anymore, here's the exception that proves the rule. [Feb 2002, p.112]
  7. The likes of the gnarled, rough-edged Rollin' & Tumblin' serve as vital pieces of living history from the last of a generation. [Dec 2001, p.120]
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. ChrisM.
    Nov 18, 2001
    9
    As perfect a document as either a die-hard Burnside fan or a mere novice could hope for. And by Fat Possum standards, the 53 minute length is As perfect a document as either a die-hard Burnside fan or a mere novice could hope for. And by Fat Possum standards, the 53 minute length is of epic proportions. Expand
  2. BenD.
    Apr 24, 2002
    8
    Absolutely fantastic - RL's best release, and a superb blues album that should, by rights, put him up there with the greats!

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