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Rolling Stones Announce ‘Blue and Lonesome’ Blues Album

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The Rolling Stones have announced the release date for their long-rumored blues album. Blue & Lonesome will come out on Dec. 2, and, as anticipated, it includes all covers of old blues songs.

You can see the full track listing below, along with the original artists.

Among the songs is a cover of Little Walter’s “Just Your Fool,” the album’s first single. You can hear a minute of it above. You can hear the whole thing at Spotify. The band also covers songs made famous by Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf.

Eric Clapton guests on a pair of songs: “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” He was in the studio next door working on a record when he dropped by to add guitar to the tracks. Longtime touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) also play on Lonesome & Blue.

The band recorded the album live and with no overdubs in just three days in London last December. Blue & Lonesome was produced by Don Was and the Glimmer Twins, and is now available for pre-order. You can find more information about the various configurations at the Rolling Stones’ website.

Reports of a new, blues-heavy Rolling Stones album began to emerge this spring, with Keith Richards reporting that the group’s new album was “in the can” and “might be a surprise to people.”

Ron Wood soon expanded on those comments, explaining that while the group went into the studio to record new songs, “we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people.”

Longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was then confirmed that the band had recorded a “crude, authentic” blues album. Earlier this week, the band shared a 10-second clip of “Just a Fool.”

The Rolling Stones, ‘Blue & Lonesome’ Track Listing
“Just Your Fool” (Original written and recorded in 1960 by Little Walter)
“Commit a Crime” (Original written and recorded in 1966 by Howlin’ Wolf – Chester Burnett)
“Blue and Lonesome” (Original written and recorded in 1959 by Little Walter)
“All of Your Love” (Original written and recorded in 1967 by Magic Sam – Samuel Maghett)
“I Gotta Go” (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)
“Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” (Original recorded in 1971 by Little Johnny Taylor, composed by Miles Grayson & Lermon Horton)
“Ride ‘Em On Down” (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Eddie Taylor)
“Hate to See You Go” (Original written and recorded in 1955 by Little Walter)
“Hoo Doo Blues” (Original recorded in 1958 by Lightnin’ Slim, composed by Otis Hicks & Jerry West)
“Little Rain” (Original recorded in 1957 by Jimmy Reed, composed by Ewart.G.Abner Jr. and Jimmy Reed)
“Just Like I Treat You” (Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in December 1961)
“I Can’t Quit You Baby” (Original written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Otis Rush in 1956)

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