Compare & Contrast The Stones & Little Walter

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As you’ll have spotted unless you were called away to another planet over recent days, the Rolling Stones have unveiled the first single from their upcoming blues covers album ‘Blue & Lonesome.’ It’s a version of Little Walter’s 1955 recording with his band the Jukes for the Checker label, ‘Hate To See You Go.’ We thought we’d put them back to back so that you can see how the two recordings measure up.

The original, by the bluesman born Walter Jacobs in Marksville, Louisiana in 1930, was the b-side of his September 1955 single for the Chess subsidiary Checker, ‘Too Late,’ Walter had been having a run of hits for the label, starting with the 1952 R&B No. 1 ‘Juke,’ the first of 14 consecutive top ten hits on that Billboard chart.

Strangely, ‘Too Late,’ written by Willie Dixon, didn’t make the grade, missing out on the R&B listing altogether in spite of the fact that its predecessor, the Bo Diddley composition ‘Roller Coaster,’ reached No. 6 and Walter’s following single, ‘Who,’ went to No. 7.

The Stones’ great new version of this lesser-known blues gem will be on the Blue & Lonesome album, to be released on 2 December. Pre-order your copy, and listen to the two versions of the song, below.

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  1. Michael Ager

    October 24, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Because of the more sophisticated recording techniques the Stones version loses some of the rawness of the original but all the same it’s still very, very good

  2. Francis

    March 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Compare to John Hammond 1975 version …The stones reach nothing …Find it on you tube …

  3. Rob

    June 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Little Walter, every time.

  4. Bobby G

    January 15, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    It’s such a ‘white guy’ thing to dissect the subtleties of great Blues. Shut the fork up and listen.

  5. Tony Bowers

    October 16, 2019 at 8:23 am

    No contest. The 1955 version wins hands down.

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