Well put together set of songs that either the Rolling Stones covered, or that influenced them greatly at one point or another in their career, including of course the Muddy Waters tune that inspired their very name.
Seems like another of Keith Richard's "pay it all back" things in which someone is making sure the original artists or their family/trust/legacy are seeing some cash money for all their influences on not only the Rolling Stones but also modern music in general. Very worthwhile item just for that reason. Don't really know how deeply Keith may have been involved in this but it seems it is right up his alley as he has seemed intent on righting some of the previous wrongs that are part of the music business.
The music presented here is staggering. Probably most of you have heard most of these original recordings before, there's nothing particularly rare here I don't think, but they have been really given a beautiful tone through the cleaning up of whatever masters may have been used for any particular track. They are perhaps TOO clean if there is such a thing, but that hasn't bothered me in the least. I dont even recall hearing much noise on what had to have been mastered from old 78s in a couple of cases, something some may find a little disconcerting, having always heard the accompanying clicks and pops in the background of some tracks.
What you do get are some really spectacular performances, some spectacular in their quietude and some in their belligerence, but all through the set you can clearly hear the influences on most if not all the Stones catalogue. There are some minor surprises, like the inclusion of "The Prodigal Son" by the Reverend Robert Wilkins (the Rolling Stones version they released on Beggars Banquet was credited to Jagger/Richards) and some other original delta blues tunes, but there is also the heavy transplanted-to-Chicago sound of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Howlin Wolf, as well other more rock and roll breakthroughs like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Overall a well balanced look at the Stones musical heroes when they were coming up and up to today.
I do have to apologize to any blues purists or anyone very knowledgeable in the genre, my main music concentration is reggae, but I do listen to and read about a lot of various musics and blues and particularly the Rolling Stones versions of blues have been a favorite of mine since i was a kid in 1964. What I wrote above is a very cursory view of the music, I know; I will leave it to the cognoscenti to fill in my blanks or correct my oversights or simplifications please.
So just to get to the point: yeah I do think you need this set, even if you have most of the material already. It serves a good cause, that of getting original artists and their families some well deserved and too often neglected payment, Ronnie Woods cover artwork is inspiring, and most important, the music here is important and historic.
The included booklet is worth mentioning as well: a collection of written portraits of each artist, telling a bit about their background and the included track or tracks. Well printed in a typeface designed by Ronnie Wood, some beautiful photographs and lucid insights into the artists who created this timeless music.
I bought the 10" vinyl set with art cards from the Stones website before it was released, but then I turned around and also bought the CD release from here on Amazon because I mostly bought the vinyl to squirrel away...but after playing through it I realized the CD would be much more convenient for repeated listening, and that's what I have been doing, repeatedly listening to it. jb
- Vinyl (11 September 2018)
- Original Release Date: 9 November 2018
- Number of Discs: 5
- Format: Import
- Label: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT
- Run Time: 129 minutes
- ASIN: B07GQ3KG2F
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
2,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
- #52 in Blues