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As well as being the biggest band in the world, The Rolling Stones are also the biggest champions of the blues, so who better to curate a compilation in collaboration with BMG and Universal, of the music that inspired them throughout their career? Confessin’ The Blues collects together the greatest bluesmen ever and provides a perfect education to the genre.
The tracklisting on the various formats has been chosen by The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones have long been supporters of the Blues from before the start of their career right through to their latest album, Blue & Lonesome which featured their interpretations of the classics, many of which appear in their original versions here on Confessin’ The Blues.
Mick Jagger was an early fan of the Blues: “The first Muddy Waters album that was really popular was Muddy Waters at Newport, which was the first album I ever bought”.
Keith Richards said, “If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”
As such big supporters of the genre, the band and BMG have decided that 10% of BMG’s net receipts* from the sale of this album will be donated to Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation
Jacqueline Dixon, President/CEO of The Blues Heaven Foundation, said: ‘We are extremely honoured, grateful and humbled that Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation has been included in such an astonishing project. It means so much that my father’s dream of creating an organisation that promotes, protects and preserves the Blues for future generations is being recognised and supported by artists that have achieved so much.’
Confessin’ The Blues includes tracks by the biggest Blues pioneers including Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. All of these artists had an impact on the nascent Rolling Stones, be they influencing Keith’s guitar licks or Mick’s vocals and lyrics.
As Ronnie Wood says: “That’s how Mick and Keith first got close as well, on the train coming back from college. They noticed each other’s record collection and it was, “Hey, you’ve got Muddy Waters. You must be a good guy, let’s form a band”.
Confessin’ The Blues will be available as a 2CD set, 2x2 Vinyl LP sets and a 5x10” Vinyl bookpack (mimicking the original 78RPM releases).
All versions include liner notes by music journalist Colin Larkin and the bookpack contains removeable art card prints by noted blues illustrator Christoph Mueller.
The album cover artwork comes courtesy of Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood who has added his own personal twist to the project by painting his interpretation of a Bluesman. Confessin’ The Blues is a real musical education from those who know the genre best, the greatest living band on the planet, The Rolling Stones.
Title: Confessin The Blues
Release Date: 09 Nov 2018
Catalogue No: BMGCAT155CD
1. Rollin' Stone
2. Little Red Rooster
3. Boogie Chillen
4. I Hate to See You Go
5. Little Queenie
6. You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover
7. Ride 'Em On Down
8. I'm a King Bee
9. All Your Love
10. Dust My Broom (with Sonny Boy Williamson II)
11. Just Your Fool
12. I Want to Be Loved
13. Key to the Highway
14. Love in Vain Blues
15. You Gotta Move
16. Bright Lights, Big City
17. Worried Life Blues (1990 - Remaster)
18. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (Pt. 1)
19. Commit a Crime (1991 Chess Box Version)
20. I Can't Quit You Baby
21. Confessin' the Blues (with Walter Brown) [Single Version]
1. Just Like I Treat You
2. I Got to Go
5. I Just Want to Make Love to You
6. Blues Before Sunrise
7. Bad Boy
8. Boogie Children
9. Little Rain
10. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
11. The Prodigal Son
12. Hoodoo Blues
13. Don't Stay Out All Night
15. Susie Q
16. Down the Road Apiece
17. Little Baby
18. Blue and Lonesome
19. Rock Me Baby
20. Damn Right, I've Got the Blues
21. Mannish Boy