Nico, Johannes and Olga wish you a Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year!
We'll be back with more news in 2002!


With two weeks delay the great charity Concert For New York City was rush released to benefit from the X-mas sales, which in this case is totally okay as all proceeds from this double album go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund who will donate the money to victims of the tragedy from September 11th. It includes both songs with Jagger & Richards (although in different order) and also the great sets of The Who (unfortunately lacking one song), David Bowie and Paul McCartney. More than recommended!
2 CD's Various Artists "The Concert For New York City" (Sony COL 505445 2))


A new collaboration of Mick Taylor, this time with a little known Japanese singer/keyboardplayer. He plays on all nine tracks of the album, unfortunately this album is currently only available through mail order.
CD Mayumi Katsuno "Mick And I" (Invoke Records)


The first Bill Wyman-DVD is a Rhythm Kings concert made for German SWR TV for the programme Ohne Filter. It was taped in Baden Baden in April 2000, but unfortunately we get treated with the same 12 songs as in the telecast from August 2000 only in different order.

Speaking of Bill Wyman, I just got a very fine new fanzine called Stone Alone which includes 48 A4-sized pages full of facts about the whereabouts and work of BW in the last one and a half years. Very detailed, done with a lot of love for the subject.
For more info, write to the authors.

DVD Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings "In Concert" (In-akustik 6506) Fanzine "Stone Alone" (issue #4) by Arno Kluenter, Germany and Christian Diemoz, Italy


A new biography is making the rounds, it's subtitle "The 40-Year Odyssey Of The Rolling Stones" gives you a hint of what it's all about. Author Stephen Davies (who did bestselling biographies on Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith) runs through the history of the Stones on a mere 570 pages, as usual concentrating mainly on the 60's and early 70's and fast forwarding the latter years. My mate Axel already read it completely and was rather disappointed by the lack of new insights on the subject.
Book Stephen Davies "Old Gods Almost Dead" (Broadway Books, New York) ISBN 0-7679-0312-9


Tomorrow sees two important Stones solo releases on the same day: Mick's fourth album (in my opinion his worst to date) and Woody's sixth solo album (not counting the live albums). I really loved Wandering Spirit, but Goddess doesn't work for me. Collectors should watch out for the Japanese version with a bonus track unavailable elsewhere. At first listening I was disapponted from Woody's album too, but it grew on me the more often I listened to it. Now I really love this very laid back album, even the instrumentals!
CD Mick Jagger "Goddess In The Doorway" (Virgin; everywhere)/CD Ronnie Wood "Not For Beginners" SPV; Germany/Nippon Crown; Japan)


The first single release of Mick's upcoming album is a must have. Instead of boring remixes we get two real "B-sides" this time. The otherwise unavailable Blue (great Blues song with Mick on the harmonica) and an instrumental version of the album's title track.
Single CD Mick Jagger "God Gave Me Everything", Virgin VUSCD231


The new album of Todd Sharpville includes some sessionwork of Mick Taylor. The CD is not too easy to obtain, but you'll find it at Amazon UK.
CD Todd Sharpville "The Meaning Of Life", Cathouse Records CRCD0057


Something new for the Charlie or drumming fans: Drum legend Chico Hamilton has a new album and Charlie guests on one track with the self explaining title Here Comes Charlie Now! Unfortunately it's just one and a half minutes long.
CD Chico Hamilton "Foreststorn", Koch Records Koch Jazz KOC-CD-7870


Just released in the US is a two disc compilation with all songs from Bill Wyman's three solo albums of 1974/76/82. As a bonus we get eight leftovers and alternate takes from the sessions for the 70's albums Monkey Grip and Stone Alone.
Double CD Bill Wyman "The Bill Wyman Compendium", Koch Records CD 8056, -USA.


Famous session musician Al Kooper (who plays on Memo From Turner and YGAGWYW) just released a compilation double album. One disc includes previously unreleased tracks, among them a recording from 1970 with Mick Taylor on guitar, namely I Believe To My Soul - a cover version of an old Ray Charles-song.
Double CD Al Kooper "Rare & Well Done - The Greatest & Most Obscure Recordings", Columbia AC2K 62153, -US


Brandnew: The forth volume of the great Schwarzbuch/Blackbook-series by Dieter Hoffmann. Hundreds of underground releases on CD and vinly get reviewed in the most detailed way, with photos of all covers, most discs and backcovers. Anyone who ever read a copy of Dieter's recommended Basement News-fanzine or other books knows how acurate Dieter works so I probably don't have to tell you that his publications are every collector's dream and must haves. Click on the photo to the left to see Dieter's adresses.
Book "Schwarzbuch/Blackbook", Basement News Distribution, Germany, ISBN 3-00-001938-3


During the Some Girls-sessions the Stones covered Hank Williams' You Win Again, but unfortunately it was never released. More than twenty years later Keith recorded a new (solo) version to be included on the just released Hank Williams tribute album. It's interesting to compare the differences between versions. Other tributees on the album include Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty.
CD Various Artists incl. Keith Richards "Timeless", Universal/Lost Highway Records 170239, -US


The BBC just released a 2 disc compilation of their great 70's music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test. It includes 300 minutes with more than 40 live performances (U2, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat, ...) and many interviews, among them an interview with Mick Jagger and the famous interview from 1974 with an "over-refreshed" Keith Richards by 'Whistling' Bob Harris.

2 DVD's "The Old Grey Whistle Test" BBC DVD 1073


In 1977 Mick Taylor did a session with Alan Merrill (author of "I Love Rock'n Roll"), produced by the legendary Jimmy Miller. The song Always Another Train was released in 1985 on Merrill's eponymous LP which is very hard to find. Finally the album was re-released on CD (under a new title). For more info, see here.

CD Alan Merrill "Never Pet A Burning Dog"", MEC BD-1-7798 


The new Stones calendar for 2002 is out. Same procedure as every year: A mixed bag of good and bad photos ranging through all stages of their career, focus as usual on Mick Jagger. All in all twelve photos, most of them well known.

Calendar "The Rolling Stones 2002 Calendar", Zincseven Limited, London, ISBN 1-84324-036-X, 


What a nice tome. Instead of Stone Alone 2 Bill Wyman treats us with a book about the story of the Blues. Surely not the first book on this subject, but the nicest I've ever seen. Great layout, great pictures and very interesting stuff about the history of the Blues, Blues singers and Blues songs. In between pages you will also find a lot about Bill Wyman and the Rolling Stones. Get it!

Book "Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssee", by Bill Wyman with Richard Haver, DK Publishing New York, ISBN 0-7894-8046-8, 400 pages, $40


It was in all the news: Mick is on the cover of a magazine which is for the elderly people in the UK. Huh, embarassing! ;-) A German late night host said it best: "Mick was so upset that he immediately cancelled his subscription for the magazine". Nevertheless a nice collector's item for us magazine collectors (it includes an interview about the Enigma-movie which Mick co-produced).

Magazine "Saga", issue September 2001, England 


A very nice new Stones book comes from Brazil. Although I don't speak any Portugese I'm very pleased with it because of the many great and unseen pictures, especially from Mick and Marianne's trip in January 1968 (Mick with a full beard!) and Mick, Marianne, Keith and Anita's trip in December 1968/January 1969 (see coverfoto). The book comes in A4, with 214 pages (incl. many colour and b&w photos). I ordered my copy directly from the publisher Ampersand and they did a good service.

Book "Os Rolling Stones No Brasil" by Nelio Rodrigues (Ampersand Editoria, Rio De Janeiro; ISBN: 85-86135-11-9 )


Johannes and Nico will take a Summer break and be back with new news in mid-August. Some news will probably including these releases:

Mick Jagger:
- solo album for EMI (out ca. November)

- starring in The Man From Elysian Fields-movie

Keith Richards:
- sessionwork for Hubert Sumlin (out in late September)

- sessionwork for Ronnie Spector 

- sessionwork for Blondie Chaplin (also w. Woody)

- sessionwork for Sheryl Crow's new album (Autumn)

- song on Hank Williams-tribute album (September)

- working on solo album

Ronnie Wood:
- sessionwork for Carlo Little

- sessionwork for Art Wood's All Stars

- working on solo album with son Jesse

Mick Taylor: 
- rumour of recording of a new soloalbum

- to be included on Terry Reid live compilation

- two songs on a Adam Bomb archive release (Fall)

Bill Wyman: 
- re-release of first two solo albums with bonus tracks (Autumn)

- book and 4 CD-box project Blues Odyssee (Summer)

Have A Nice Summer!


The waiting is over. Finally we can enjoy the 12 minute version of the Goats Head Soup-classic Winter, recorded by ex-Textones Carla Olson with Mick Taylor about one year ago. Mick's great soloing on this goes on forever (for about 8 minutes!). But wait, he's not only on this coverversion but all over the album (playing on 9 out of 12 tracks including one self-penned instrumental and Dylan's Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?). Recommended.

CD Carla Olson "Ring Of Truth" (Evangeline Recorded Works GEL 4024)


Genesis Publications, the British specialist for de luxe Rock books (e.g. Blinds & Shutters) strikes again. Their newest release includes pictures and stories about the making of Exile On Main St. with loads of unreleased photos by photographer Dominique Tarlé. The book, which comes in a slipcase, is limited to 2000 numbered copies, all signed by Tarlé. Of this quantity 1740 are quarter-bound in leather with gilt page edges and inlaid label on the front cover. The 260 de luxe copies which complete the edition are full bound in leather with gilt page edges, additionally signed by Mick Taylor, and include a numbered print of Keith Richards. Size 360mm x 250mm, 248 pages, out in August, £255/$390 (deluxe: £375/$570)

Book The Rolling Stones "Exile" (Genesis Publications ISBN: 0-904351-81-5 )


Out on DVD since a few months is the last UK concert of The Faces from December 23, 1974. Woody's new best friend Keith Richards guests on three songs. Musically this DVD is great. Unfortunately the sound and picture quality isn't much better than on the various video releases of this show, which is most probably due to the limited source tapes of this show. Also we won't get any bonus material, just the well known 75 minutes. 

DVD (region code 2) The Faces "The Final Concert With Keith Richards" (Ivy Video 074 3850) 


Sax-player Dick Heckstall-Smith is an old companion of Mick Taylor from the late 60's Bluesbreakers days. On his new album Mick plays slide on one song. Other guests on the album include Peter Green, Paul Jones, John Mayall and Jack Bruce.

CD Dick Heckstall-Smith "Blues And Beyond" (Spitfire 13004, -USA) 


Thanks to Harald I found out about a formerly unknown Mick Jagger/Jimmy Rip composition called Better Days, originally written for Jagger's solo albums Wandering Spirit and then given to Blues musician King Ernest by Rip (who plays on the album) in 1994 or 1995.

CD King Ernest "King Of Hearts" (Evidence ECD 26084, -USA) 


After the Majic Ship and Speedo Jones-releases even a third late 80's NYC-session of MT finally gets to see the light of day: Adam Bomb's "lost" album is said to be released in Fall and advanced copies of this album already making the rounds. Mick plays on two tracks, on one track together with the late great Nicky Hopkins on piano.

CD Adam Bomb "New York Times" (Advanced CD by Metal Mayhem Records)


It took a long time until Mick Taylor fans found out about this private release. Mick (who plays on seven tracks) did the sessions for the Blues singer/harmonica player in the late 80's in NYC. In lack of a record contract, Speedo pressed the album himself and sells them at his concerts or via mail order. To order a copy send a money order for $15.00 plus postage to James Hoffman, PO Box 858, New Hyde Park, NY 11040, USA. 

CD Speedo 'Harmonica' Jones' "Have Blues Will Travel" (Integrity INT-001, -private label) 


Another goodie from the Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings merchandising desk is the new tour programme (there have already been programmes for the 1998 and 2000 tours). It consists of 28 A4 pages and includes the typical infos about dates and line-up, pictures and ads for past, current and upcoming projects. But it's surely nice made.
Tour programme Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Breaking Up The House Tour 2001" (BC.L Merchandise)


Only available at merchandise desks at his shows and over his website is the new/second Rhythm Kings live album (for contractual reasons labelled as Bootleg Kings). Ride Again includes 9 live tracks, all but one recorded on the UK 2000-tour (click on the picture for details). Who ever attended a live gig by the Rhythm Kings knows that they're live much much better than in studio. Recommended.
CD Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Bootleg Kings Ride Again" (Ripple Records RIPCD 002)


The new John Mayall album is something like an All Star affair. He's got lots and lots of guest stars on his new album and one of them is Mick Taylor who plays on one track. Other guests include Billy Gibbons, Gary Moore, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Rush, Steve Cropper, Steve Miller and Billy Preston.
CD John Mayall & Friends "Along For The Ride" (Eagle Records EAGCD 150)


The waiting is over. After more than twenty years 'Papa' John Phillips was finally able to release his 1976/1977 recordings produced by The Glimmer Twins and including the playing skills of MT, RW and of couse KR and MJ. The album includes nine tracks plus a snippet of KR playing You Gotta Move (as coda for Pussycat). Six of them were already out on bootlegs and at least two more from the sessions (Gram's Songs and Boys From The South) are still missing. But the album is still a must, especially for the stronger 1976 tracks, which include nearly a complete Stones backing band. She's Just 14 with it's Exile-ish feel is worth the price for the CD alone.
CD John Phillips "Pay, Pack & Follow" (Eagle Records EAGCD 171)


The single from Bill Wyman's new double album is a cover version of Love Letters, originally a Academy Award nominated film song from 1946, which was already covered by Elvis Presley, Allison Moyet and even ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones. I Can't Dance... is a Charleston-like song from 1936, originally done by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and Turn On Your Lovelight, the highlight on this single, has a great Blues Brothers-like arrangement. This single is said to be a promo, although the info on the CD doesn't tell. Let's hope it is and we get treated with an official single with non-album-tracks like on the Groovin'-single.
Promotional single-CD's Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Love Letters + 2" (Ripple Records/ Papillion BTFLYS0009)


Finally re-released on CD: A re-mastered version of John Mayall's Back To The Roots-project, originally a double album recorded in Nov. 1970. For this project Mayall brought together some "graduates of Mayall School", among them Mick Taylor, Eric Clapton, Keef Hartley and Harvey Mandel. Not satisfied with the mix of the 8-track masters, Mayall remixed some of the songs and released the lot on the album Archives To Eighties in 1988. These songs were added to this re-release as bonus tracks.
2 CD's John Mayall "Back To The Roots" (Polydor/Universal Records 314 549 424-2, USA)


Johannes and Nico wish you Happy Easter. We'll be back with news next week. P.S. The year 1996 is finally up!


Carl Carlton, who plays guitar for German local heroes Peter Maffay and Udo Lindenberg released an album on his own. It includes two cover versions of Ronnie Wood songs, namely Breathe On Me and I Can Feel The Fire. Woody is listed as executive producer, which in my opinion means that he lent some money to do the recordings. (Woody and Carlton are neighbours in Ireland). RW is not listed playing on these tracks and I don't think this is due to contractual problems. But Ian McLagan plays piano or organ on most songs on the album. Other guests are Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Robert Palmer and Sonny Landreth.
CD Carl Carlton And The Songdogs "Revolution Avenue" ((EMI 5 32389 2)


The Rutles All You Need Is Cash is a very funny pisstake on The Beatles and the brainchild of Monty Python's Eric Idle. It originally aired on US NBC-TV in the spring of 1978 and sports the fantastic cast of John Belushi (as Allen Klein!), Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Michael Palin, Gilda Radner and of course Eric Idle. Mick Jagger (as himself), Ronnie Wood (as Hell's Angel!) and even Bianca Jagger have guest appearances and cameos. The DVD bonus section is said to include seven minutes of outtakes from Mick's scenes and also a director's commentary and introduction with Eric Idle, an interactive photo gallery, animated menus, enhanced 5.1 audio, and more alternate scenes from the U.K. version of the film! Recommended.
DVD The Rutles "All You Need Is Cash (Rhino Video R2 976641, -USA) 72 min. + bonus


Bill Wyman strikes again. Not only is his music old-fashioned (but surely not dated), but also the form of his new release: a double album! It will be in stores on April 23, and includes 24 new tracks in the Blues, Jazz, Rockabilly, Gospel and Jump Music vein. Guests on the album will be Chris Rea, Andy Fairweather-Low and George Harrison. Bill sings the lead vocals on three tracks and co-composed a part of the album with his longtime song-writing partner Terry Taylor. After the release of the album, The Rhythm Kings will do a major tour through Europe. See dates.
Double-CD Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Double Bill" (Roadrunner Records 22200862RA)


In lack of something new I want to tell you about a newly found book, although it's already from 1993. Since then I have been about five times to France but have never seen it, so it's possibly quite rare (as far as I know it wasn't reviewed in any Rolling Stones fanzine). It's a French book made to cash in with MJ's 50th birthday, consisting of 264 pages, incl. 16 pages of pictures and costs 110 francs.
Book "Mick Jagger 50 Ans" by Francois Jouffa with Jean Clude Gambert. Publisher is Michel Lafon, Paris.


This interview CD-Box includes lots of interviews from press conferences and one-on-one interviews through the years, spanning nearly the entire career of the Stones. Each of the four CD's is concentrating on a different decade (60's/70's/80's/90's) and spoken word recordings of all seven official Stones members are featured. The box also includes a 34-page booklet.
4 CD-Box Rolling Stones "As It Happened" (Chrome Dreams Records CIS 2002)


New Millennium strikes again! The British label which digs deep into the vaults of Ronnie Lane's estate and releases new Lane releases nearly on a monthly basis. This time we get treated with the complete Rockpalast-telecast of German WDR TV from March 1980. The piano player for this gig was none other than Ian Stewart. A welcome addition to this nice release is a bonus CD Rom which includes the complete gig as a quick time file (and some extra files like live recordings with his later band The Tremors and interviews), so you could watch the show on your PC as well. Recommended.
CD + CD-Rom Ronnie Lane "Rocket 69" (Burning Airlines PILOT 69)


The silence before the storm. No interesting news hit my desk, but we can expect lots of great goodies in the near future. Here's all known upcoming releases I'm aware of:

Mick Jagger:
- solo album for EMI
- starring in The Man From Elysian Fields

Keith Richards:
- sessionwork for Hubert Sumlin
- sessionwork for Ronnie Spector
- sessionwork for Blondie Chaplin (also w. Woody)

Ronnie Wood:
- sessionwork for Carlo Little
- sessionwork for Carl Carlton (out in Spring)
- sessionwork for Art Wood's All Stars

Mick Taylor:
- sessionwork for Carla Olson
- sessionwork for John Mayall (out in March)
- sessionwork for Dick Heckstall-Smith (out in April)
- to be included on Terry Reid live compilation

Bill Wyman:
double-album with the Rhythm Kings (out in April)

More news about theses releases as soon as they come in. Watch this space!


I never knew there was a Rolling Stones "karaoke"-CD until Axel recently bought a copy of it in Paris. It includes nine of the Stones biggest hits, all in two versions (with or without lead vocals) played by an unnamed studio band. Strangely there's no lyrics to the songs (due to the request of the publisher). Forgettable.
CD "You Sing The Hits Of The Rolling Stones (Pocket Songs PSCD 1228, USA)


The first movie of MJ's company Jagged Films premiered January the 22nd on the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Now I hope that it's just a question of time until it sees it's general release in a cinema near us. For more info see here .
Movie 'Enigma' (USA/England 2000). Director: Michael Apted. Starring: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet. Produced by Mick Jagger and Lorne Michaels for Jagged Films and Broadway Video.


In the mid-60's Bill Wyman produced (among others) the group of his friend Peter Gosling. Although Moon's Train just released one single they recorded at least 20 different songs in their three year career, nearly all co-written with Wyman. In 1996 Inakustik released an album with 17 of these rare tracks on CD. New to me was that in 1998 Tenth Planet released an LP with 16 rare Moon's Train-tracks, of which three songs are different to the Inakustik-CD. Among them instrumental versions of the songs Loving Sacred Loving and Shades Of Orange, two tracks which BW later gave to his new protegeÚs The End. Unfortunately the album was limited to 1000 copies and is hard to find.
LP 'Moon's Train' (Tenth Planet TP037).


Don Covay is an old friend of the Stones. He worked with them on Dirty Work, played with Woody at Woody's On The Beach and in return Woody (and Mick Taylor) did songs on the Covay tribute-album Back On The Streets. None of the Stones plays on his new album, but Woody did the artwork for the cover (not his first artwork for other artists, he already painted covers for Long John Baldry, Eric Clapton and others). Also MJ and KR contributed to the album and did some writings for the booklet.
CD Don Covay "Adlib", Cannonball Records 29116, -USA


This book is from 1999, but I didn't notice it before. A very nice coffeetable photo book about rock fashion with many excellent photos of musicians ranging from the 50's to the 90's. The front cover and 18 pages inside include many great shots of the Rolling Stones. Other featured artists are Elvis, Madonna, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, Prince, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Nirvana, Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix and many more. The text was done by designer (and ex-tour sponsor) Tommy Hilfinger and Rolling Stone staff writer Anthony DeCurtis.
Book by Tommy Hilfinger with Anthony De Curtis "Rock Style", Universe Publishing, New York. ISBN 0-7893-0383-3


Thanks to the great book "Jeff's Book" (see news-entry of 26.08.2000) we got to know that the May 1969 session of Donovan with the Jeff Beck Group (Woody on bass) produced all in all six songs. Two tracks were subsequently relesased on Donovan's Barabajagal-album, three remained (until today)as leftovers in the can and one more (which is the news!), was released on Donovan's 1971double album HMS Donovan. The song in question is called Homesickness. Luckily this album was re-released (remastered and with additional sleeve notes) on a single CD in 1997.
CD Donovan "HMS Donovan", BGO Records BGOCD372


The book has an English title but is in German. Gedd' It?! is a collection of 66 interviews with some of the top characters in rock'n roll from the last ten years, all done by the author. Among those interviewed are Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the latter is featured on the cover (a snapshot together with the author). The paperback consists of 320 pages, costs DM 29,80 and among the other interviewees are Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz, Iggy Pop, The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, R.E.M., David Bowie, Tom Waits, Carlos Santana and many others.
Book by Michael Fuchs-Gambock "Gedd' It?!", Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag, Berlin Germany, 2000. ISBN 3-89602-331-4