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American blues has long been part of the Stones’ DNA, and Blue & Lonesome is a greasy, grimy tribute to their blues heroes. Deep cuts by the likes of Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Sam, and Little Walter are delivered with soulful reverence, showing that even rock ‘n’ roll legends are still just music fans at heart.

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From the Garden of the Gods

What could be more natural than The Rolling Stones organically growing a testimony to the blues during studio session warm-ups? Indeed, the resulting collection of tracks known as "Blue and Lonesome" is a blossoming bouquet that only THIS band, The World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band could produce.

As English teenagers, Mick and Keith were obsessed with the work of black American blues musicians, religiously studying every lick, every riff, every nuance, and absorbing the heart, soul, and passion of these more obscure artists. More than 50 years later, this album shows not only has the devotion endured, but they've achieved a level of authenticity unmatched by their peers.

Jagger's vocals and harmonica playing are spot-on, among his best performances ever, while Keef and Ronnie's guitars are sizzling, locked in with Charlie's hypnotic groove. You FEEL this music, you become part of this music, you live the blues and The Rolling Stones are your vehicle into a world that popular culture has ignored for far too long.

"Blue and Lonesome" proves that the Stones are not imposters and that they are worthy of the heroes they first desired to emulate. They are in fact, now masters. But this level of achievement is not a recent development. One needs only listen to perhaps the greatest rock album ever, 1972's "Exile on Main St" to hear how well the blues influenced every move they made. The blues is the lifeblood of the Stones and it is easy to understand why this tribute to their mentors came together so quickly and effortlessly.

"Blue and Lonesome" is yet another must-have classic from The Rolling Stones. Merry Christmas!


Stones back in their prime. Blues till the end!

Best in years

I love the sound and soul of this album. Mick is in rare form, and the band is on point.


Formed: April, 1962 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the late '60s, they had already staked out an impressive claim on the title. As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock frontman, tempering...
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