The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome

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

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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.


    1Just Your Fool2:16

    Written-By: Buddy Johnson

    2Commit a Crime3:38

    Written-By: Howlin' Wolf

    3Blue and Lonesome3:07

    Written-By: Memphis Slim

    4All of Your Love4:46

    Written-By: Magic Sam

    5I Gotta Go3:26

    Written-By: Little Walter

    6Everybody Knows About My Good Thing4:30

    Written-By: Miles Grayson and Lermon Horton

    7Ride 'Em On Down2:48

    Written-By: Eddie Taylor

    8Hate to See You Go3:20

    Written-By: Little Walter

    9Hoo Doo Blues2:36

    Written-By: Otis Hicks and Jerry West

    10Little Rain3:32

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

    11Just Like I Treat You3:24

    Written-By: Willie Dixon

    12I Can't Quit You Baby5:13

    Written-By: Willie Dixon


    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.


    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.


    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.


    • 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"


    Producer: Don Was, The Glimmer Twins