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Rolling Stones Producer Says New Blues Album Coming In December

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A new Rolling Stones album of blues covers will be released in December, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The Stones’ producer for the past 22 years, Don Was, said during an interview on Australian radio, “The album consists of covers of blues songs of Chicago. It was recorded live in the studio in just three days, with the musicians in a circle around the microphones. There was no retouching on the pieces. Means the battery of Charlie Watts’ (drums bleeding through) through the microphone of Mick Jagger. The record sounds very crude, very authentic. It captures the essence of what they are.”

Was added that “Slowhand” himself, Eric Clapton, appears on the album, as well: “He was recording his own album in the studio next door. He had only to cross the hall to join! Hearing them play in the studio, he had also gasped. … He was still a teenager when he saw them in the clubs of Richmond, (England) in their infancy, as a fan. He borrowed one of Keith (Richard’s) guitars and started playing two songs. It was exceptional enough to see.”

In June 2015, Richards spoke to The Associated Press and revealed, “There’s always talk of doing a blues album, but I’m not so sure about that. I’d be happy to get them back in the studio and record anything. Sometimes we come up with our best stuff in the studio. I’ll just be happy to get them in there.”
Last April, Ron Wood told the AP: “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But 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. But they really sound authentic. When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that? It’s you.'”

A couple of week’s back at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of the new Stones movie, Havana Moon, Wood shed light on the album, again, talking to The Associated Press, saying, “It’s gonna be great. You’re gonna love it. That’s what the Stones are: a blues band. Yeah!”

Mick Jagger says that due to the fact that rock is among the oldest genres in popular music, new artists have to fight harder to break new ground as the decades roll on: “I mean, the only thing is, it’s been going longer as a musical form, so rock music as defined by . . . so, four blokes playing in a band was quite new in the early-’60s. So, the whole idea of a form — the form is old now. So it’s two — how many generations, two, three generations? So, it’s like an old thing being handed down now. So, I don’t know. It’s probably difficult to make such a splash as it was for that reason.”

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