The Rolling Stones’ last studio album, A Bigger Bang, was released back in 2005. Their newest endeavor, Blue and Lonesome, is set to be released this December. The new album will feature covers of some of the Rolling Stones’ favorite blues songs.
In an interview all the way back in April, Keith Richards spoke with BBC 6 Music about the process behind crafting the new album. “We’re actually in the studio in the moment cutting new stuff,” he said. “[We] cut 11 songs in two days, just bang! Like that.”
The fast pace didn’t kill the sound at all. “They sound so authentic it’s frightening. We didn’t spend any time rehearsing them or anything. We just picked a song that suited Mick [Jagger]’s harmonica or a guitar riff,” he said. “And they worked out pretty good. It was like, this is what the Stones do. We play blues.”
Don Was, co-producer of the new album, agree with Keith Richards’ sentiment. “This album is a manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do,” he said.
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