(Running time: 42:42 minutes; 12 songs)
("Promotone B.V." & "Polydor Records"; 2016; CD):
Hey guys, yes, after a week off I am finally back at it again, and so here now comes a new post and this means (again) a new record review for you and this time (again) on another 2016 release and it's no other than the mighty "BLUE & LONESOME" album by/of the legendary the ROLLING STONES; recorded back in 2015 in the "British Grove Studios" of and by the mastermind Mark Knopfler himself and when they hit the studio they decided in a spontaneous decision (at least so the story goes) to not record a brandnew studio album (like they've planned it primarly) but instead of this they did their very own tribute versions to grandmasters of old of the Chicago Blues and compiled this beautiful album completly with/out-of this versions. (And with this they also payed tribute to their very own beginnings as a Blues cover band.) What really marks this album in a very strong, an impressive, and also in a very unique and solely positive way is the fact that it is very raw done without modern studio technique dingle dangle and without overdubs and all this stuff, it's very down to earth and kneedeep in the dirt while it's dustdry and shaking your bones down to the core. And this is also showcased in the way the ROLLING STONES did their versions of the old Chicago Blues classics, because they also did/do it all very deep rooted/down to earth, dustdry, boneshaking, and very fresh, all in a very organic way. And also the ROLLING STONES play the Blues on this album sort of like it once was meant to be played, without never ending guitar solos and such stuff. You might could say that the ROLLING STONES here on "BLUE & LONESOME" play the Blues in a very non-white, in a more original way, yes, and they do it impressively strong. Powerful and organic grooves, very transparent and yet still very diverse and multi-layered, dirty and earthy and still very playful guitar playing, all with much heart, soul, and passion, absolutely fantastic lead vocals (it's been a long, long while since Mick Jagger sounded that strong and enthusiastic), a shining and singing harmonica, and a powerful and nicely beefy and bulky rhythm section to round it all up, that's what we get here, yes, and all delivered via top notch songs (yes, the grandmasters of old knew how to write and do first class songs), yes, that's simply a damn strong and a really good album that also comes with thoughtful linernotes and a fantastic production sound as well as a cool artwork, yes, and the great Blues lyrics also only sort of add up to the impressive quality of "BLUE & LONESOME". It's simple, yes, I can nothing but calmly and clearly recommend the ROLLING STONES' "BLUE & LONESOME" to you if you are only a slight little bit into good old Blues music and so don't make the mistake that this wouldn't be really good, nah, really great stuff just because it's a pretty short review, nah, because then you would make a big mistake. And so, yes, if you really still don't have or even know it you should better make sure to change this finally and best as soon as possible, so go out and get it and I now pour me, myself, and I another glass of Bourbon and start this album for another round, so yes, cheers and good night.
(9 of 10 points)
http://www.rollingstones.com/ (-the link to the homepage of the band)
ROLLING STONES - "I CAN'T QUIT YOU BABY" (2016, "BLUE & LONESOME")