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The Rolling Stones Beat The Blues is a compilation of their best Blues recordings. CD1 is an overview of the blues-songs they have made themselves (written by Jagger & Richards): The Glimmer Twins Blues Experience;
CD2 consists of the covers of famous Bluesartists (like Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and so on):
The Covers of the Original Masters of Blues.

FRONT-Cover          INNERSLEEVE       BACK-Cover

"......The blues was born to travel. It has journeyed north by the freedom train from the Mississippi Delta, via the juke joints, house parties and recording studios of Memhis and Chicago, to become a form of storytelling that's recognized around the world. It has a passionate melancholy about it with a loose and infectuous rythmical drive. This haunting minor feeling is created by flattening the third and seventh notes of the scale. These are called the "blue notes".
"......For the most part the music was ignored by the American music industry. Until the British invasion in the 1960s which ironically reintroduced the blues sound to America. And put the original black blues musicians on the map and on tour in America and Europe. The Rolling Stones took their name from a line in a Muddy Water's song."
(This was a popular choice of name; at least two other bands are believed to have called themselves The Rolling Stones before Jagger/Richards' band was formed.). In their music, the Rolling Stones were the embodiment of the idea of importing blues style into popular music. Their first recordings were covers or imitations of rythm and blues music, but they soon greatly extended the reach of their lyrics and playing, but rarely, if ever, lost their basic blues feel"
......The blues is more than a musical chronology. It was born the day the West African shoreline fell from the horizon raised amid the institutionalised savagery of the plantations and flourished in the dark heart of America's largest cities.
But it's positive energy steers melancholy in the direction of joy and hope. And it's the driving force behind many forms of rock, funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop today. Musical styles come and go but the blues ain't goin' nowhere. It's everywhere!"

 

That The Stone themselves -mainly uner the regime of Allen Klein (ABKCO) weren't always respectful towards their Blues Masters shows this press clipping:

Court Says Rolling Stones Borrowed Blues Tunes

Robert Johnson's Songs not copyrighted - but NOT Public Domain
27 June 2000 - SAN FRANCISCO USA (Reuters) - An appeals court has ruled that the Rolling Stones improperly borrowed two of their big hits -- ''Love in Vain'' and ``Stop Breakin' Down'' -- from legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling late Monday that the Stones' former record label, ABKCO Music Inc., was wrong to assume that the songs by Johnson were in the public domain simply because his record company failed to copyright them in the 1930s.

Johnson, who died in 1938, is considered one of the creators of the Delta blues.

Lawyers for ABKCO Music argued that the songs were part of a common musical library used by many artists working in the Depression-era South.

Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, writing the unanimous opinion for the three judge panel, found that a 1997 law governing the extension of common-law copyright to old music applied to Johnson's work -- voiding ABKCO's claim that it was now in the public domain.

Johnson, who was born in 1911 and traveled widely in the South, died at the age of 27 after he was allegedly poisoned by a jealous husband. There are only two known recordings of his original work, which were re-released in 1990 in a two-CD boxed set by Columbia Records.

 

 

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