500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Muddy Waters, 'Folk Singer'

282. 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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