500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Muddy Waters, 'Folk Singer'
219/500

219. Muddy Waters, 'Folk Singer'

Chess, 1964

Worried that the folk-music fad was luring listeners away from the blues, Chess Records directed Waters to record with acoustic instruments. These sessions – by Waters, Willie Dixon and a young Buddy Guy – went astonishingly well, and this pioneering "unplugged" set is beloved by blues and folk fans alike.

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