This would make it different from every other Stones album ever how?

The Rolling Stones have hinted they are about to release their first album in more than a decade, apparently a collection of covers of Chicago blues classics.

There’s a fun story about their first album. Which was covers of blues songs.

So, they all march into a nightclub to the adulation of the babes. And the DJ then plays their entire album, in order. Except that it’s the original of each of their covers.

I admit that I like a lot of the Stones stuff but that’s because I like amplified blues. I like a lot of Led Zep for the same reason, it’s blues turned up to 11. Yeah, alright, the musicologists will complain about details but….

Sometimes Led Zep even listed the original songwriters properly.

Unlike the Stones when they covered a Pop Staples piece……

15 thoughts on “This would make it different from every other Stones album ever how?”

  1. The Stones had a fair bit of country influence too. Country Honk, for example.

    And I always thought Led Zeppelin were more folk influenced than blues. Hangman is a folk classic.

  2. It’s a shame Mick Jagger can’t sing, there’s quite a few Stones songs that would have been amazing with a decent vocalist.

  3. It’s a shame Mick Jagger can’t sing, there’s quite a few Stones songs that would have been amazing with a decent vocalist.

    Amen to that. While Richards, Watts, Wood & Wyman did it right, Jagger’s grasp of the blues is about on par of Hillary Clinton’s grasp of the blues. How he ever got beyond singing the in lounges of the wog equivalent of Ramada Inn is one of the great mysteries of our time.

  4. It’s always funny to listen to Europeans rattle off what they consider to be great blues-based European bands. As Tim N. notes, neither the Stones nor Zep really stayed grounded in the blues all that long. And while Cream tried valiantly, they never got it right to begin with.

    About the only wog band that really played blues-based rock well was the band wogs never mentions: Faces. Stewart got it right (until he went Hollywood), and Wood really, really understood blues guitar (far better than Clapton ever did).

    European rockers might say they love the blues, but outside of a handful of guys, they never played it worth a shit. Go back and listen to the albums Brits made with U.S. black bluesmen… They are almost uniformly awful (Howlin’ Wolf’s London Sessions is a perfect example).

  5. While Richards, Watts, Wood & Wyman did it right, Jagger’s grasp of the blues is about on par of Hillary Clinton’s grasp of the blues.

    Personally I think they should have kept Ian Stewart on the boogie-woogie piano. He did a lot on Led Zeppelin’s albums, and appeared to me the most talented of the lot.

  6. TIm –

    I don’t disagree, but what would Ian Stewart be doing while Jagger was murdering Country & Western and disco and whatnot? Stewart was all about making good music. The Stones have never been about anything other than making money… if good music happened along the way, but it wasn’t the top priority.

  7. Forget your Stevie Rays and early Billy Gibbons etc. IMO the only white guitarist to play the blues right ever was the whitest of them all – Johnny Winter RIP.

  8. Dennis, for blues rock you are overlooking Alvin Lee.

    Um, there’s a reason for that. Alvin’s heart was in the right place, but whenever Ten Years After tried to play the blues, they sounded like a bunch of very white accountants having a go at it in someone’s basement on Saturday afternoon. The blues never sounded more British than when Alvin Lee was involved.

  9. White blues (except for white American hillbilly blues) is all crap, and as for Led Zep giving proper credit, Willie Dixon sued them, successfully, for plagiarism.

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