Keith Richards Brings Solo Catalog to BMG in New Deal

 Inez & Vinoodh
Keith Richards

Keith Richards has signed a worldwide deal with Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) that covers his 1978 debut solo single, "Run Rudolph Run," and four solo albums from 1988-2010, it was announced Monday (Nov. 12). The arrangement brings these recordings alongside the Rolling Stones guitarist's publishing that BMG has represented since 2013.

"It has been a pleasure to build a relationship with Keith and his exceptional team over the past five years," said CEO Hartwig Masuch in a statement. "It is a real honor now to extend that relationship even further to work with his classic solo releases."

Added Richards: "Looking forward to working with Hartwig Masuch and everyone at BMG."

BMG will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Richards' rendition of "Run Ruldolph Run" with a limited edition 45rpm on 12-inch red vinyl, remixed and remastered by longtime collaborator Steve Jordan to be released on Nov. 23 for RSD Black Friday. That album also includes a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s "The Harder They Come," a version of "Pressure Drop" featuring Toots & The Maytals and a "Santa Keith" holiday card featuring a greeting from Richards.

Richards' solo albums Talk is CheapMain Offender and the studio/live compilation Vintage Vinos were recently re-released on all digital streaming platforms. Now BMG is planning physical reissues and other special projects to be announced soon, including the first-ever digital release of Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1998, recorded during the Talk Is Cheap Tour.

“This agreement paves the way for a reappraisal and repositioning of the solo work of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s true originals and arguably its most pre-eminent guitarist," stated Peter Stack, EVP global catalogue recordings. "Fans can expect a programme of releases which truly does justice to these great recordings.”

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