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The Rolling Stones announce new album of blues covers

Story by Jack Foley

THE Rolling Stones have confirmed they will release a new album of blues covers in December.

Entitled Blue and Lonesome, the record will also feature guitar legend Eric Clapton on some tracks.

The LP was recorded over three days in London earlier this year, and managed to secure the skills of Clapton as he was recording his own new record in the studio next door.

The collection will feature new versions of songs by Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed. Titles include Little Walter’s Just Your Fool, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing by Little Johnny Taylor and I Can’t Quit You, originally written by Willie Dixon and made famous by Otis Rush.

“The 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,” said Don Was, who co-produced the new recordings.

The actual recording took place in British Grove Studios in Chiswick, West London, a couple of miles from Ealing, Richmond and Eel Pie Island, where the band built their reputation in the 1960s.

As a result, it tips its hat to the type of covers the band were playing before they found fame of their own.

The Rolling Stones haven’t released a studio album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang, although they did contribute two new songs, One More Shot and the single Doom and Gloom, to the 2012 compilation record Grrrr!.

Blue and Lonesome will be released on December 2, 2016, by Polydor Records, with pre-orders beginning on Friday, October 7.

Fans who pre-order the album will get the new song Just Your Fool immediately.