It's all about the blues with The Rolling Stones's new album, Blue and Lonesome.
Earlier this month, the band tweeted two infuriatingly short teasers with just the words “COMING OCTOBER 6”. The album comes 11 years after their last studio album, A Bigger Bang, was released. In the teasers, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and others jam it out to what sounds like a bluesy track.
According to reports, the album is a compilation of covers of classic Chicago blues numbers. Recorded within three days in a simple studio format, with the rockstars sitting “in a circle around the microphone”, the album has a “raw, authentic feel”. A chance meeting with legendary blues guitarist Eric Clapton in the recording studio led to his contribution to two songs.
A one-minute teaser of Just Your Fool was released on October 6, and the band announced that the entire album would come out on December 2. Originally a Buddy Johnson song, The Stones's reinterpretation of Just Your Fool is all about the harmonica and piano, in Jagger's new-found 'bluesman' voice.
The Stones members Jagger, Richards and Ronnie Wood had been dropping hints about their new album throughout the year. Wood revealed in April that the band has adopted a “blue streak”. He also said that they cut impressive covers of songs by blues legends Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter.
This is the longest that The Stones has gone between studio albums. Hugely popular when it broke into the rock scene in 1962, The Stones managed to cut a new original album every one or two years up until 1997, and then one more in 2005.
Besides a total of 29 studio albums, The Stones also released 109 singles, 21 live albums, 29 compilation albums and still tour around the world, making it one of the most active bands in rock history. And all this, despite hitting the median age of seventy a few years back.
Earlier this year, the band announced the release of their Latin American tour concert film, Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America. The documentary film chronicles the historic tour through 10 cities in Latin America, including Havana in Cuba. The Havana concert was the first time that an internationally-acclaimed band performed in Cuba, after the US-led embargo sanctions were lifted. This spawned a concert film of its own, Havana Moon, which The Stones announced on September 28.