The Rolling Stones are releasing a new greatest hits compilation, titled Honk, on April 19th. The set, which according to the press release, features “the biggest hits and classic cuts from every Rolling Stones studio album from 1971 to 2016’s Blue & Lonesome. Honk includes 36 fan favorites and rarities, with the deluxe version featuring 10 additional live songs, presenting collaborations with some of the biggest names in music.” In all, Honk will be released as a deluxe three-disc version, a single CD, and in four and two-LP editions.
The deluxe three-disc version features a full disc of live material culled from the Stones’ recent road treks — the 50 And Counting Tour, the Zip Code Tour, and the ongoing No Filter Tour. The live disc includes guest spots featuring Ed Sheeran on “Beast Of Burden,” “Wild Horses” with Florence Welch, “Dead Flowers” with Brad Paisley, and “Bitch” with Dave Grohl.
Although he’s often been portrayed as a workaholic, Mick Jagger explained that over the years, he’s learned to perfectly prioritize his life: “You don’t want to be totally work obsessed only — but, just staying at home with the kids is probably frustrating as well. So you have to be balanced in your life and have time to have pleasure and fun and time to really have hard work and time to have family relationships and friends and not be so hard at work that you can’t enjoy them. I mean, when I’m working, I’m really driven, but when I’m not, I’m not at all driven.”
Keith Richards admits that some periods of his decade long dance with heroin remain a mystery: “It’s kind of hazy, y’know. I mean, I’ve got a good memory but there is. . . There is that spot (laughs), that’s a bit hazy. But in actual fact, I function perfectly well and I was being harassed — first with my own demons and then the cops. So, it was kind of turmoil, really. But, I got used to it.”
Despite all the distractions around a major band like the Stones, drummer Charlie Watts has always focused squarely on the music: “I’ve always seen myself as a member of a band. Y’know, when I play with bands, I very much play in the band. I’m not. . . I’m very much a band member.”
The tracklisting to the the triple-disc version of Honk is:
Disc One: “Start Me Up,” “Brown Sugar,” “Rocks Off,” “Miss You,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Just Your Fool,” “Wild Horses,” “Fool To Cry,” “Angie,” “Beast Of Burden,” “Hot Stuff,” “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll (But I Like It),” “Rock And A Hard Place,” “Doom And Gloom,” “Love Is Strong,” “Mixed Emotions,” “Don’t Stop,” and “Ride ‘Em On Down.”
Disc Two: “Bitch,” “Harlem Shuffle,” “Hate To See You Go,” “Rough Justice,” “Happy,” “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),” “One More Shot,” “Respectable,” “You Got Me Rocking,” “Rain Fall Down,” “Dancing With Mr D.,” “Undercover (Of The Night),” “Emotional Rescue,” “Waiting On A Friend,” “Saint Of Me,” “Out Of Control,” “Streets Of Love,” and “Out Of Tears.”
Disc Three – Live Tracks: “Get Off My Cloud,” “Dancing With Mr D.,” “Beast Of Burden (with Ed Sheeran), “She’s A Rainbow,” “Wild Horses” (with Florence Welch), “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “Dead Flowers” (with Brad Paisley), “Shine A Light,” “Under My Thumb,” and “Bitch” (with Dave Grohl).