The Rolling Stones announce new album – hear a snippet from opening track

They may be a true dinosaur of rock but, after officially announcing details of new album Blue & Lonesome, The Rolling Stones are showing no signs of extinction.

Following much speculation this week, it has now been confirmed that the blues record, the legendary band’s first studio LP in over a decade, will be released in December 2 via Polydor.

According to a press release, the 12-track album was recorded in just three days at British Grove Studios in west London and sees the band return to “their roots and the passion for blues music”.

Blue & Lonesome features covers of songs by Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. It sees the band joined on record by touring members Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards), plus Eric Clapton, who features on two tracks.

Co-producer Don Was says: “This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.”

Keith Richards told Rolling Stone in September that the group had been recording in London, cutting several songs in a rapid period. “It was fun – always is,” he said. At the time, he claimed the album would contain “a lot of Chicago blues.”

Ron Wood first discussed the group’s blues angle in an April interview with The Associated Press. “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did,” he said. “But we got on a blues streak.

“We cut 11 blues in two days. They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic. … When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that? It’s you,’ It sounded so authentic.”

Listen to a snippet of opening track Just Your Fool below.

1. ‘Just Your Fool’
2. ‘Commit A Crime’
3. ‘Blue And Lonesome’
4. ‘All Of Your Love’
5. ‘I Gotta Go’
6. ‘Everybody Knows About My Good Thing’
7. ‘Ride ‘Em On Down’
8. ‘Hate To See You Go’
9. ‘Hoo Doo Blues’
10. ‘Little Rain’
11. ‘Just Like I Treat You’
12. ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’

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