Blue & Lonesome
Released: December 2, 2016
Peak: 4 US, 11 UK, 2 CN, 11 AU
Sales (in millions): 0.1 US, 0.3 UK, 1.8 world (includes US and UK)
Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
Total Running Time: 42:36
3.852 out of 5.00 (average of 17 ratings)
About the Album:
The Rolling Stones hadn’t released a studio album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang when they reconvened in the studio to record this collection of blues covers over three days in December 2015. While their early repertoire consisted of multiple covers, this was their first album focused solely on cover songs. It is the only studio album from the Stones to not receive gold or platinum certification.
The eleven years since A Bigger Bang was their longest layoff, but the albums shared the same lineup and basic production team. Don Was, who’d worked with the group over the last two decades, served as the producer and contract players Darryl Jones and Chuck Leavell contributed bass and keyboards. Eric Clapton played guitar on “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” It was the last studio album from the Rolling Stones before drummer Charlie Watts death in 2021.
The lead single, Just Your Fool, was a cover of a song first recorded by jump blues bandleader and pianist Buddy Johnson in 1953. The song reached #6 on the R&B charts in 1954. Blues singer and harp player Little Walter recorded the song in 1960. Three songs on Blue and Lonesome, including the title track, were written by him. The song marked the first time since 1986’s Dirty Work that the Stones released a lead single that wasn’t written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Alexis Petridis of The Guardian said the Stones are “more alive than they’ve sounded for years.” WK The album won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, making the group’s third win overall and first since 1985.
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First posted 10/24/2021.
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