Stones still rolling in new blues cover al­bum

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Eleven years af­ter their last stu­dio al­bum, the for­ever Rolling Stones are back once again with Blue and Lone­some, a trib­ute to the blues leg­ends who forged the band’s soul.

“This al­bum is a homage to our favourites, peo­ple that kicked us off in play­ing mu­sic, that was the rea­son we started a band,” charis­matic front­man Mick Jag­ger re­cently told The New York Times news­pa­per. “We were pros­e­ly­tis­ers of blues mu­sic; that’s what we’re still do­ing.” It is the band’s first al­bum to fea­ture only cover songs, drawn ex­clu­sively from the 1950s blues scene of Chicago, where mu­si­cians from the blues’ south­ern heart­land had set­tled seek­ing work.

The city’s am­pli­fied sound marked a de­par­ture from the acous­tic blues still pop­u­lar in the Amer­i­can south, and paved the way for the rock ‘n’ roll revo­lu­tion.

Mis­sis­sippi-born Muddy Wa­ters was the scene’s god­fa­ther, and his song “Rollin’ Stone” gave Jag­ger’s band its name.

Songs by Lit­tle Wal­ter, Ed­die Tay­lor, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed and Wil­lie Dixon all fea­ture on the record, to be re­leased on De­cem­ber 2.

Com­plet­ing the full cir­cle, the band recorded the al­bum at the Bri­tish Grove Stu­dios, close to the west Lon­don pubs where they honed their all-con­quer­ing sound in the early 1960s.

How­ever, the band hadn’t in­tended their 23rd stu­dio re­lease to be a cov­ers record.

“We cut quite a few new songs,” said Jag­ger of the record­ing process, which took place last De­cem­ber.

“One day we got fed up do­ing this [new] song so we did one blues, then an­other, then an­other. I said ‘OK, let’s come back to­mor­row and do three or four more’.”

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