On 2nd December 2016, The Rolling Stones will release ‘Blue & Lonesome’, their first studio album in over a decade. ‘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.
The album was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins and was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs. Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band – Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.
‘Blue & Lonesome’ sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf – artists whose songs are featured on this album.
“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.” Don Was, Co-Producer of ‘Blue & Lonesome’………..
Turns out sometimes you can get what you want. And what you need.
For Rolling Stones fans and blues lovers, both of those wishes come true on the band’s much-anticipated, long-awaited new studio album Blue & Lonesome. Slated for release Dec. 2, this collection of vintage blues covers is the band’s 23rd or 25th album (depending on who’s counting), their first since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, and — more importantly — their least forced and most enjoyable album in just about forever.
Why? Who knows. Maybe it’s because Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn’t have to grind out yet another batch of new material that couldn’t possibly live up to their past glories. Maybe their recent touring schedule has rekindled their enthusiasm while scraping just enough rust off their magnificently loose chops. Or maybe everybody’s just getting along right now. Whatever the case, Blue & Lonesome — co-produced with Don Was — finds the World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band revisiting their blues-jam roots, balancing the unadulterated joy of youth against the skill and understatement of experience. Some highlights:…by…Mick, Keith…….
Στις 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2016 οι Rolling Stones κυκλοφορούν το νέο τους άλμπουμ μετά από μία ολόκληρη δεκαετία.
Το Blue & Lonesome - το οποίο ηχογραφήθηκε μόλις σε τρεις ημέρες τον περσινό Δεκέμβριο στο British Grove Studios στο Λονδίνο - μεταφέρει τους Rolling Stones πίσω στις ρίζες τους και στο πάθος τους για τα blues. Η προσέγγιση τους στο άλμπουμ είναι αυτοσχεδιαστική και αυθόρμητη, ενώ όλα τα κομμάτια παίχτηκαν live.
Τους Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts και Ronnie Wood) συνόδευσαν και στην ηχογράφηση του νέου άλμπουμ, οι μουσικοί της περιοδείας τους Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell και Matt Clifford, ενώ σε 2 από τα 12 κομμάτια συμμετέχει ο Eric Clapton, ο οποίος τύχαινε να βρίσκεται στο διπλανό στούντιο , ηχογραφώντας το νέο του άλμπουμ!
Μέσα από το Blue & Lonesome οι Rolling Stones θυμίζουν τις πρώτες μέρες τους ως blues band, την εποχή που έπαιζαν Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter και Howlin’ Wolf – των οποίων κομμάτια βρίσκονται στο δίσκο. …………..
The Rolling Stones have announced the release date for their long-rumored blues album. Blue & Lonesome will come out on Dec. 2, and, as anticipated, it includes all covers of old blues songs. You can see the full track listing below, along with the original artists. Among the songs is a cover of Little Walter’s “Just Your Fool,” the album’s first single. You can hear a minute of it above. You can hear the whole thing at Spotify. The band also covers songs made famous by Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. Eric Clapton guests on a pair of songs: “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” He was in the studio next door working on a record when he dropped by to add guitar to the tracks. Longtime touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) also play on Lonesome & Blue. The band recorded the album live and with no overdubs in just three days in London last December. Blue & Lonesome was produced by Don Was and the Glimmer Twins, and is now available for pre-order. You can find more information about the various configurations at the Rolling Stones’ website. Reports of a new, blues-heavy Rolling Stones album began to emerge this spring, with Keith Richards reporting that the group’s new album was “in the can” and “might be a surprise to people.” Ron Wood soon expanded on those comments, explaining that while the group went into the studio to record new songs, “we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people.” Longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was then confirmed that the band had recorded a “crude, authentic” blues album. Earlier this week, the band shared a 10-second clip of “Just a Fool.” The Rolling Stones, ‘Blue & Lonesome’ Track Listing “Just Your Fool” (Original written and recorded in 1960 by Little Walter) “Commit a Crime” (Original written and recorded in 1966 by Howlin’ Wolf – Chester Burnett) “Blue and Lonesome” (Original written and recorded in 1959 by Little Walter) “All of Your Love” (Original written and recorded in 1967 by Magic Sam – Samuel Maghett) “I Gotta Go” (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter) “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” (Original recorded in 1971 by Little Johnny Taylor, composed by Miles Grayson & Lermon Horton) “Ride ‘Em On Down” (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Eddie Taylor) “Hate to See You Go” (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter) “Hoo Doo Blues” (Original recorded in 1958 by Lightnin’ Slim, composed by Otis Hicks & Jerry West) “Little Rain” (Original recorded in 1957 by Jimmy Reed, composed by Ewart.G.Abner Jr. and Jimmy Reed) “Just Like I Treat You” (Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in December 1961) “I Can’t Quit You Baby” (Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Otis Rush in 1956) ….. By Ultimate Classic Rock Staff………….
It shouldn’t be a surprise, really, but still it’s a bit startling to hear just how well the Rolling Stones can play the blues. Strip away the glitz, the oversized stages and the pyrotechnics, and you’re left with two terrific guitarists, a frontman who can play an exuberant harp — and a drummer named Charlie Watts. No wonder “Blue & Lonesome” sounds so solid.
Their first studio album in more than a decade has the simplest of concepts: Put the guys in a studio for three days, give them a songbook heavy on Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf, and play it live, without overdubs. The album is noteworthy for what it is not: It’s not a museum piece, not a tribute album, not an exercise in nostalgia, even if at times the sound harkens back to the blues covers that filled the Stones’ first few albums.
In those early days, they always seemed to be trying to sound like somebody: Chuck Berry here, Muddy Waters there, and the songs, though undeniably cool, had a rushed, frenzied feel. The Stones were trying to prove their Delta authenticity, not an easy task for five English kids. Fifty-plus years later, they aren’t trying to sound like anybody but themselves. The songs have grown, expanded, been given room to breathe, and the playing is remarkably self-assured and comfortable.
Mick Jagger’s voice is deeper and raspier now, and he’s not straining for effect. His blues harp playing, neglected for decades, is effective and convincing. The guitars take center stage, showing Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood at their expressive best, with Eric Clapton sitting in on two tracks.
The Stones’ early passion for the blues helped introduce a young white audience to the established giants of the Chicago blues scene. Songs like “Little Rain” and “Hoo Doo Blues” show the Stones can continue the tradition on their own…..By Gregory Katz ……….. In 2009, there was a rumour doing the rounds that The Rolling Stones were considering working on a new album with Jack White. Although it was subsequently debunked, at the time the idea of the Stones collaborating on new music with White seemed a genuinely exciting prospect. In many ways, Blue & Lonesome resembles just the kind of album they might have made together: a collection of 11 covers of lesser-known Chicago blues songs that casts the Stones back to the very beginnings of their career on the British R’n’B scene.
Although the Stones came in with the blues, look what happened a little later. They rejected the conservative orthodoxy represented by Chris Barber, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies, instead moving on to Aftermath, “… Satisfaction”, country rock, Nellcôte and beyond. Since then, they have occasionally returned to the blues – but then strictly on their own terms. “Love In Vain”, “Ventilator Blues”, “Midnight Rambler”. You could be forgiven for thinking, then, that Blue & Lonesome is a little like trying to put the genie back in the bottle.
But such intellectual considerations are not entirely the point here. Blue & Lonesome took three days to record – the Stones working instinctively, seizing a brief window of opportunity without questioning it. For a group operating at their level, accustomed to spending several months working on an album, it seems emboldened with drama and risk. Among their peers, only Neil Young moves at such a clip – and even then, his new album Peace Trail was recorded in a comparatively leisurely four days.
At its best, Blue & Lonesome finds the Stones fired up. The album opens with “Just Your Fool” – one of four songs on the album written by Little Walter. A Muddy Waters cohort, Walter was a fiery, preternaturally gifted harmonica player. Consequently, Mick Jagger’s harp playing is one of the album’s defining features: diving and swooping through Keith and Ron’s guitar lines, alternating between the raucous (“Just Like I Treat You”) and more sultry, soulful tones (“Blue And Lonesome”). Jagger’s delivery, too, is forceful and direct, a reminder of how astute an interpreter of blues songs he can be. On Howlin’ Wolf’s “Commit A Crime”, he is the aggrieved lover, disdainfully spitting out lines like “You put poison in my coffee instead of milk and cream”. On Magic Sam’s “All Of Your Love”, he is lovestruck and remorseful, pleading, “I hate to be the one/The one you left behind”.
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If Blue & Lonesome is a return to the kind of music the Stones started out playing, then it seems apt that they explicitly connect to the band’s earliest days. One of the songs here, Eddie Taylor’s “Ride ’Em On Down”, appeared in the setlist for their very first gig, on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee; meanwhile, sprightly takes on Little Walter’s “I Gotta Go” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Just Like I Treat You” wouldn’t sound out of place on their debut album. Keith Richards remembered recording that on a “two-track Revox in a room insulated with egg cartons”. On this occasion, holed up in Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios, they worked on a valve-driven desk as old as the band itself – one of EMI’s vintage REDD consoles, the same model used by, of all people, The Beatles.
The Stones are joined by Eric Clapton – another player who travelled far beyond his blues roots – for two tracks: Little Johnny Taylor’s “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” and Otis Rush’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby”. Clapton’s slide on both tracks is clear and pristine; dutifully serving the songs and complimenting Richards and Wood’s gritty rhythm lines.
The work done by the two guitarists on Blue & Lonesome is essentially to bring swing and character to the songs. Aside from Clapton’s contributions, there are very few guitar solos on the album – the heavy lifting, so to speak, is done in the sympathetic interweaving between Richards and Wood’s playing. “Hate To See You Go”, for instance, finds them locked in a playful call-and-response between a cyclical riff and a four-chord rhythm sequence. “Hoo Doo Blues”, meanwhile, strikes a harmonious balance between pedal steel, Jagger’s harp and spiraling riffs. Throughout, Charlie Watts provides – as ever – unshowy yet powerful backing. His nimble percussion on “All Of Your Love” or the cymbal crash that animates the second half of “Commit A Crime” are every bit as characterful as the work done upfront by the guitars.
The highpoint is their version of Jimmy Reed’s “Little Rain”. Seeped in reverb, it is full of swampy menace. The guitars circle and loop predatorily around Jagger’s wailing harp, generating an air of inchoate, sinister dread as a subdued Jagger sings of loving his girl “underneath the shinin’ moon”.
For some bands, the idea of making an album of formative influences might be considered a mere stop-gap – a minor addition to the canon to keep the wolf from the door. Intriguingly, Blue & Lonesome feels like a major reassessment from a band – returning to the source and in doing so reminding us why they mattered in the first place. Where do the Stones go from here? ....by...Michael Bonner...Uncut magazine.......
The Band : Mick Jagger (vocals & harp) Keith Richards (guitar) Charlie Watts (drums) Ronnie Wood (guitar)
Guests : Darryl Jones (bass) Chuck Leavell (keyboards) Matt Clifford (keyboards) Eric Clapton (guitar)
Just Your Fool Commit A Crime Blue And Lonesome SIDE B
All Of Your Love I Gotta Go Everybody Knows About My Good Thing SIDE C
Ride ‘Em On Down Hate To See You Go Hoo Doo Blues SIDE D
Little Rain Just Like I Treat You I Can’t Quit You Baby