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):
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
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.
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.
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.