What You Need To Know - December 2, 2016

The Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome - What You Need To Know
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The Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome - What You Need To Know

It’s been 11 years since The Rolling Stones’ last studio album, but a new LP named Blue & Lonesome arrives today. You can preview and purchase it on the right-hand side of the page, but here is everything you need to know about it...

 

A little background…

Although Blue & Lonesome is The Rolling Stones’ 23rd studio album of their career, it’s fair to say they’ve slowed down their pace somewhat in recent years. Their last album A Bigger Bang came out in 2005 and the one before that, Bridges To Babylon, came out in 1997, so that’s three albums in almost 20 years all told.

They haven’t been completely idle of course, there was a huge world tour to promote A Bigger Bang, another one to celebrate their 50th anniversary and two more in 2014 and 2015 as well as plenty of talk about sessions for a new studio album and a career-spanning exhibition.

This album is a collection of blues covers, tracks by the band members' early heroes like Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon, made in just three days. It’s the first Rolling Stones release not to feature a single track written by Jagger, Richards or any other member of the band. The inspiration came from the fact that they would warm up in rehearsal by blasting through old blues covers and eventually decided to commit them to tape.

Frontman Mick Jagger has revealed in the lead-up to the album that he offered the band’s label the choice of releasing this album as a bonus disc with the new studio album they are still working on or as a separate thing. Perhaps, given it’s been 11 years since A Bigger Bang, it’s no surprise that they opted to release it now…

 

Who’s producing it?

As with their last four albums the band have worked with Don Was, best known for his work with Bob Seger and Bob Dylan. He shares production with The Glimmer Twins, or Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as they are more commonly known...

 

Any special guests?

One very special guest, Mr. Eric Clapton, who plays guitar on ‘Everybody Knows About My Good Thing’ and ‘I Can't Quit You Baby’. Apparently he was in town and dropped by the studio, as you do...

 

What does it sound like it?

As the title tells you, it’s all blues all the time. Lots of harmonicas, howling guitars and Jagger crooning over the top.

 

Does it deliver?

This is a short, sharp blast of joy and fun, the sound of The Rolling Stones really enjoying themselves. Hopefully it’ll tide us over to their next studio album, whenever that arrives...

 

The Rolling Stones’ new album Blue & Lonesome is out now and available here in hmv’s online store.

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