The other day, The World’s Greatest Rock And Roll Band teased us with about ten seconds of music from their new album, and today, The Q received the full track from Blue & Lonesome. It’s a cover of Buddy Johnson‘s 1953 tune Just Your Fool — essentially returning the Stones to where they were musically about 50 years ago. They’ve also released about a minute of the tune this time (Ryan Awram will play that, plus the other one minute and fourteen seconds of it, on his Q Afternoon Show today at 240pm).
The feline has been out of the sack regarding the new album — their first studio effort since 2005’s A Bigger Bang — for a while. Keith Richards and Ron Wood both blabbed last spring, with Keef describing the album as being “in the can” and saying that “it might be a surprise to people.” Wood indicated that the band “got on a blues streak” while in the studio and eventually laid down “extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people.” He added, “We didn’t spend any time rehearsing them or anything. We just picked a song that suited Mick’s harmonica or a guitar riff and they worked out pretty good. It was like, ‘this is what the Stones do, we play blues.’”
Knob-twiddler Don Was confirmed that the whole project was recorded in a matter of days, and that it was very live-from-the-floorish, with the band members making their contributions while “in a circle around the microphones.” He referred to the results as “very crude and authentic”, and mentioned that the disc was slated for a December release — that has since been confirmed as Friday December 02. There is also word that Eric Clapton appears on it; he was apparently recording new music of his own in an adjoining studio and sat in on a couple of songs.