June 4, 2012

Early on, The Rolling Stones were dyed-in-the-wool Blues devotees.

One band I don't think I've ever featured on The Roundtable are The Rolling Stones. Not for any good reason. I assumed everyone knew their material by heart and anything I added would just be redundant. But since they actually have been around for fifty years, a lot of their material has probably not been heard lately, certainly from the early albums, when they were very much influenced by Chicago Blues and the Chess Records sound.

I admit this is my favorite period of the band. And even though much of the material they recorded on those first several albums wasn't penned by Jagger-Richards, it was still very exciting to listen to at the time.

One track they did write, which I'm featuring tonight, is off their 1965 album The Rolling Stones, Now! Recorded over a period of months and at several locations, including the famous Chess Studios in Chicago and RCA Studios in Hollywood. What A Shame is off the first side of the lp and it's vintage Stones, featuring Brian Jones on Lead Guitar and Ian Stewart on Piano.

Good times.

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