The Rolling Stones will release Blue & Lonesome, their first studio album in over a decade, via Polydor Records on December 2.
The album was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London and was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins. It is available for pre-order worldwide.
“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," said Was.
Their approach to the LP, their first studio effort since 2005's A Bigger Bang, was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band, were joined by their longtime touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the 12 tracks, by Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.
Blue & Lonesome sees the Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf - artists whose songs are featured on the album.