The Rolling Stones' 'Blue & Lonesome' Album Coming Dec. 2

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The Rolling Stones will end their longest-ever studio album drought on Dec. 2 with the release of Blue & Lonesome. Recorded in just three days last December at British Grove Studios in West London, the 12-track disc is described as an effort that "takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones."

Produced by Don Was and the Glimmer Twins (the longtime pseudonym used by Stones singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards for their production work), the Stones' first all-blues album will be released by Interscope Records and is available here for pre-order. The sessions were described as "spontaneous," highlighted by live playing in the studio with no overdubs by the band: Jagger, Richards, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood, as well as longtime touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards). Friend Eric Clapton sits in on two tracks after the British blues legend was tapped to participate because he was recording his own new album in an adjacent studio.

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do," co-producer Was said in a statement about the first new studio album from the veteran band since 2005's A Bigger Bang.

Recorded just around the corner from Richmond and Eel Pie Island-- where the Stones got their start more than 50 years ago as a budding blues band playing in pubs -- Blue & Lonesome finds the band "tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf - artists whose songs are featured on this album," according to a press release.

On Wednesday night (Oct. 5), the Stones unveiled the blue-tinged remake of their iconic lips symbol by projecting them across several locations in London, including Marble Arch and the Centre Point building.

 

The track listing for Blue & Lonesome (original artist in parentheses): 

"Just Your Fool" (Little Walter)

"Commit A Crime" (Howlin' Wolf)

"Blue and Lonesome" (Little Walter)

"All Of Your Love" (Magic Sam)

"I Gotta Go" (Little Walter)

"Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" (Little Johnny Taylor, featuring Eric Clapton)

"Ride ‘Em On Down" (Eddie Taylor)

"Hate To See You Go" (Little Walter)

"Hoo Doo Blues" (Lightnin' Slim)

"Little Rain" (Jimmy Reed)

"Just Like I Treat You" (Willie Dixon)

"I Can’t Quit You Baby" (Willie Dixon, featuring Eric Clapton)