The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

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Posted on Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:12am
by Ron Wallace

Member since: Sat, 01/24/2015
 

Release Type

Studio Album

Release Year

2016

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Label

Polydor

 

Album Overview

Blue & Lonesome is a covers album by The Rolling Stones—their 23rd British and 25th American studio album—released on 2 December 2016. It is the band's first album to feature only cover songs. It is their first studio release since 2005's A Bigger Bang. "Just Your Fool", a Little Walter cover, was released as the first single from the album on 6 October. Eric Clapton has contributed guitar on two tracks.

    Tracks

    TrackTitleDuration
    1Just Your Fool2:16
    Notes

    Written-By: Buddy Johnson

    2Commit a Crime3:38
    Notes

    Written-By: Howlin' Wolf

    3Blue and Lonesome3:07
    Notes

    Written-By: Memphis Slim

    4All of Your Love4:46
    Notes

    Written-By: Magic Sam

    5I Gotta Go3:26
    Notes

    Written-By: Little Walter

    6Everybody Knows About My Good Thing4:30
    Notes

    Written-By: Miles Grayson and Lermon Horton

    7Ride 'Em On Down2:48
    Notes

    Written-By: Eddie Taylor

    8Hate to See You Go3:20
    Notes

    Written-By: Little Walter

    9Hoo Doo Blues2:36
    Notes

    Written-By: Otis Hicks and Jerry West

    10Little Rain3:32
    Notes

    Written-By: Ewart G. Abner Jr. and Jimmy Reed

    11Just Like I Treat You3:24
    Notes

    Written-By: Willie Dixon

    12I Can't Quit You Baby5:13
    Notes

    Written-By: Willie Dixon

    Background

    In April 2016, at the launch of the Rolling Stones career retrospective Exhibitionism, the band confirmed their new album due to be released "some time in the autumn". Richards said the album would feature "a lot of Chicago blues". Eric Clapton plays guitar on two tracks. Clapton was recording his own album in the same studio as the Stones were and was asked to play on a few tracks. The album is entirely blues-based, consisting of covers of artists such as Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter.

    Promotion

    On 8 November 2016, The Rolling Stones released a video for "Hate to See You Go".

    On 25 November 2016, The Rolling Stones released a one track limited edition electric blue 10" vinyl record of "Ride 'Em On Down" (on the UMC label) on the occasion of the Record Store Day Black Friday 2016. The track is a cover of Eddie Taylor's "Ride 'Em On Down" originally recorded by Taylor in Chicago on 5 December 1955 for the Vee-Jay Label (and released as VJ 185).

    On 1 December 2016, The Rolling Stones released a video for "Ride 'Em on Down". The video features a girl (played by Kirsten Stewart) riding happily through Los Angeles driving a blue 1960s Ford Mustang.

    Release

    On release the album recorded 106,000 sales to debut at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, the second-highest opening sales week for an album in the UK in 2016.

    Personnel

    • Mick Jagger – vocals, harmonica
    • Keith Richards – guitar
    • Ronnie Wood – guitar
    • Charlie Watts – drums

    Additional musicians

    • Eric Clapton – guitar on "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" and "I Can't Quit You Baby"
    • Matt Clifford – keyboards
    • Chuck Leavell – keyboards
    • Darryl Jones – bass guitar
    • Jim Keltner – percussion on "Hoo Doo Blues"

    Credits

    Producer: Don Was, The Glimmer Twins

     

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