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ROLLING STONES UNRELEASED: ‘STILL A FOOL’ (1968)

Also known as ‘Two Train Blues’, ‘Two Trains Running’
Written by: McKinley Morganfield
Recorded: Rolling Stones Mobile, Redlands, England, June 26-30 1968
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (piano)

From Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012:
Still A Fool is a return to the Little Red Rooster style blues. The song was a 1951 Muddy Waters tune. Another British group, The Groundhogs (named after a John Lee Hooker song) with Tony McPhee as their guitarist recorded Still A Fool in 1968 for their debut album Scratching the Surface. It’s not known if this inspired the Stones to record the track. Slide guitar, wailing harmonica, piano, and Jagger moaning in true southern Delta fashion creates a track lasting over nine minutes, which should be sought by blues critics and Stones’ official collectors alike. It returns to the past, but also is predictive of the future. It must have given them confidence to tackle tracks like the impending Midnight Rambler. Still A Fool, also known as Two Trains Running is essential collecting material.

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