- Audio CD (December 2, 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Interscope
- ASIN: B01M1BPRQ1
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Blue & Lonesome
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On 2nd December 2016, The Rolling Stones will release Blue & Lonesome , their first studio album in over a decade. Recorded in just three days in London, England, Blue & Lonesome takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.
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Those early Stone’s albums covered some blues, and we loved it. They then segued into rock, but many of us yearned for more of their blues covers. After all, they drank from the same fountain of Chicago blues that all of us trying to play the blues back then did. So, it is wonderful to finally hear a whole album of blues covers by the Rolling Stones, honoring the originals, but in their own style, and kudos for daring to expose themselves in this way.
Everyone seems to be highlighting Jagger’s harmonica playing, and no doubt, he’s giving us all he’s got, putting it right out there. However, what I find most satisfying are Jagger’s vocals. Many of us attempting to play the blues back in the 1960s clung to the songs of Little Walter, because they were sing-able, danceable, and often had a touch of lightness and fun to them. Jagger does a great job. His voice pushes past doing covers and we hear him out there on-the-edge just singing the blues and it sounds great.
As for my background, I came out of the folk music scene in the late 1950s, hitchhiked with Dylan in 1961, helped put on an early show of Dylan’s in Ann Arbor, etc. Later, I was lead singer in the Prime Movers Blues Band (founded summer 1965) doing the same style tunes that this new Stone’s album covers. A young Iggy Pop was our drummer. We opened for Cream at the Fillmore during the Summer of Love (1967), and later I founded the All-Music Guide, etc. I know this music well and thanks to the Stones for daring to jump into the swimming pool as they did, thus keeping it real. Some stones, Stones!
[Photo of me interviewing Muddy Waters back in the 1960s, one of scores of interviews of great blues performers I did back then.]
I think this is really one of the finest records of the last couple of years, released, anywhere - aside from Buddy Guy's latest record, which you should all buy. The Rolling Stones pay homage to their godfathers, and they do an honest to goodness job at honoring these American master bluesmen and women. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves the Rolling Stones early history and loves American Chicago blues music. It is a fantastic recording. The Rolling Stones might be spent when it comes to writing new music, but rocking out on the songs that influenced their immense success on this planet is a major gift to these rock and roll ears. I bought this CD along with The Yardbirds Roger the ENgineer - a fine pair of British bands making good on their love for Americana
1. Just your fool (recorded in 1960 by Little Walter)
2. Commit a crime (recorded in 1966 by Howlin' Wolf)
3. Blue and lonesome (recorded in 1959 by Little Walter)
4. All of your love (recorded in 1967 by Magic Sam)
5. I gotta go (recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)
6. Everybody knows about my good thing (recorded in 1971 by Little Johnny Taylor)
7. Ride 'em on down (recorded in 1955 by Eddie Taylor)
8. Hate to see you go (recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)
9. Hoo doo blues (recorded in 1958 by Lightnin' Slim)
10. Little rain (recorded in 1957 by Jimmy Reed)
11. Just like I treat you (recorded in 1961 by Howlin' Wolf)
12. I can't quit you baby (recorded in 1965 by Otis Rush)
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