12/22/02: Johannes and Nico wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We'll be back with more collector's news in early January 2003!
For 2003 we are awaiting (among others) these releases: Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on Blondie Chaplin's upcoming album, Keith Richards on Ronnie Spector's comeback album, Ronnie Wood on Carlo Little's album, Bill Wyman on the George Harrison-tribute album, The new Rhythm Kings album, Ronnie Wood on the Cilla Black-compilation doing a newly recorded Step Inside Love, Mick Taylor on Nikki Sudden's upcoming album Treasure Island, Mick Taylor on the album of Hans van Lier Band

12/15/02: For the first time released on CD: this hard to find album of boogie woogie wizards Bob Hall and George Green. This gig was recorded live in 1978 and features Charlie Watts on drums (on all songs) and producer Ian Stewart on piano (on one song).

CD Bob Hall & George Green "Shufflin' The Boogie" (DA Music 874748-2, -Germany)

12/08/02: Mick Jagger and Rob Thomas, frontman of Matchbox 20, wrote two songs during the Goddess In The Doorway-sessions. Visions Of Paradise ended up on Goddess, Disease was just released on the brandnew Matchbox 20-album in the US.

CD Matchbox 20 "More Than You Think You Are" (Atlantic Records 7567836122, -USA)

12/01/02: Another great CD was issued with British Uncut magazine: A collection with Keith Richards' personal compilation of Blues, Soul and R&B classics. Click on the cover to see the track list. Also the mag is great, including KR on cover and more than 20 pages with KR interview and great photos. See also

Magazine "Uncut" issue December 2002 with CD "The Devil's Music" (Uncut 2002 12)

11/24/02: Now available in England is Andrew Oldham's second part of his autobiography. Much more than part one this sequel deals with his Rolling Stones-years. Click on the cover to read an exclusive review by Nikki Sudden!

Book by Andrew Loog Oldham "2Stoned" (Secker & Warburg; ISBN: 0436280159)

11/17/02: In April Keith did three songs for a TV special with Willie Nelson and lots of guests in Nashville. Now two of the songs found their way on a official CD release (unfortunately omitting The Worst). Dead Flowers (also with Ryan Adams and Hank Williams III) is a treat. Keith also jams on the closing song Move It On Over.

CD Willie Nelson & Friends "Stars & Friends" (Mercury Records 1703402)

11/10/02: A new book about the Rolling Stones from Italy. It includes a short band biography, some quotes from the band members and a discography which describes every song, but without facts like line-up, recording dates, etc. The only photo is the Jagger pic on the title page, so as a newbie you don't even get to know how the other Stones look like. For die hard collectors only.

Book by Roberto Caselli "The Rolling Stones" (Editori Riuniti, Rome, Italy, ISBN 88-359-517-9), 144 pages, paperback.

11/09/02: A cheapo, found in the bargain bin of my local supermarket: Another tribute album, this time from an unidentified studio band called Studio 99. They cover 16 Jagger/Richards tracks and two songs the Stones covered themselves. They are listenable but nothing compared to the Stones versions. Click on the cover to see the track list.

Studio 99 "Studio 99 Perform The Rolling Stones - A Tribute To The Giants Of Rock'n Roll" (Going For A Song GFS 415).

11/03/02: Every year we get treated with new Stones calendars, none of them official product, but still highly collectable. This year there are two competing calendars again, both with one picture (A3 size) per month. Unfortunately most of them are well known, but I'm sure those pictures will suit your wall much better than the bogus calendar from your chinese restaurant or local insurance company.

Rolling Stones calendars 2003. #1 (coloured cover) by Blossom Rock Ltd. #2 (black & white cover) no distributor given.

10/27/02: Bill Wyman's second book about the Stones is not the long awaited sequel to Stone Alone, but a coffee table book with 512 pages and more than 3000 (many of them unseen!) photos, spanning the whole 40 years, but concentrating on the 60's and 70's. Many new anecdotes and facts come to the light of day, but unfortunately there's also a fair amount of wrong data and errors. Recommended!

Book by Bill Wyman with Richard Havers "Rolling With The Stones" (Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London) ISBN 3-8310-0391-2

10/20/02: Ronnie Wood released a very nice DVD from his last years gig at Shepherd's Bush. Too bad it's not the complete gig, but great backstage footage, incl. rehearsals and parts of the soundcheck nearly cover up for the lack of a handful of songs. There's two hidden tracks: Testify can only be chosen from the track selection and Miss You (audio only) can be played from the gallery (press up in picture #11), but there could be one more.

DVD Ronnie Wood "Far East Man" (SPV 554-74437, -Germany)

10/15/02: Strangely the Stones released their first single from Forty Licks two weeks *after* the release of the album. It includes two new mixes of Don't Stop (a rock mix and an edit version) and the famous 12" version of Miss You (and not as rumoured the interesting Dr. Dre-remix from Goldmember). Watch out for the promotional single which includes another collectable version of Don't Stop (Call Out Hook).

CD-single The Rolling Stones "Don't Stop (Edit)/Don't Stop (Rock Mix)/Miss You (Remix)" (Virgin VSCDT 1838)

10/13/02: Last year Mick Taylor recorded his contribution for a tribute album to the late great John Lee Hooker. He chose the lesser known song This Is Hip, which is finally available now in the US and will be released next week in Europe on Eagle Records.

CD Various Artists incl. Mick Taylor & Max Middleton "From Clarksdale To Heaven - Remembering John Lee Hooker" (Blue Storm Records WK 23629, -US)

10/06/02: Barry Goldberg did a jazzy tribute album with thirteen coverversions of songs written by the Stones, all instrumental (except Stoned!). Mick Taylor is guesting on guitar on two tracks: Ventilator Blues and (I Think I'm) Going Mad - the latter a song on which he did not originally play on with the Stones. Producer is Carla Olson. Available at

CD Barry Goldberg "Stoned Again" (Texas Music Group - TMG-ANT 0058, -US)

09/30/02: The first ever official Stones Best-Of-album which comprises both the Decca/London (now ABKCO) and the latter years. Most interesting for the remastered sound on the vintage tracks and the four new songs which in comparision to the 36 greatest hits lack some quality (but I like them). The first edition in Europe comes in an extra cardboard sleeve. Click on the cover pic for the included tracks. Also available in a limited edition 12" box with bigger booklet.

CD The Rolling Stones "Forty Licks" (ABKCO Records/Virgin Records CDVD 2964)/ CD The Rolling Stones "Forty Licks (limited edition)" (ABKCO Records/Virgin Records CDVDX 2964)

09/22/02: Mick Taylor did the soundtrack for this little known movie in 1998. It was premiered on some film festival in 1999 and probably never found it's way into the cinemas. Now it is finally released on DVD in Germany and this is probably the only chance to hear the ca. 18 min. score which Mick wrote and played together with Max Middleton for it.

DVD "Bad City Blues" (Medien Vertriebs GmbH 60078, Germany)

09/15/02: Click on the book cover to read an exclusive book review by Nikki Sudden!

Book by Keith Badgery "Baby You Can Drive My Car" (John Blake Publishing, London)

09/08/02: Advanced copies already making the rounds, the real thing is supposed to be released tomorrow (in the US on Tuesday). Peter Wolf's new album includes one great track with Mick Jagger who shares vocals and plays harmonica (it sounds similar to the John Phillips-stuff) and another one with Keith on guitar and backing vocals, doing a Sonny Boy Williamson-cover.

CD Peter Wolf "Sleepless" (Artemis Records/Epic 5080782)

09/01/02: Already available in the US (Europeans and others will have to wait until October or order from import shops) are the 22 newly remastered Stones re-releases from abkco (= the old Decca/London-catalogue). Coming as a hybrid CD (with a SACD-layer) they are promised to have the best sound of Rolling Stones 60's material ever.

22 CD's The Rolling Stones Remastered Series =England's Newest Hitmakers, 12x5, The Rolling Stones Now, Out Of Our Heads (US), Out Of Our Heads (UK), December's Children, Big Hits, Aftermath (US), Aftermath (UK), Got Live If You Want It, Between The Buttons (US), Between The Buttons (UK), Flowers, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet, Through The Past Darkly, Let It Bleed, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, Hot Rocks, More Hot Rocks, Metamorphosis, The Rolling Stones Singles Collection (abkco Records, -USA)

08/25/02: Released now on DVD is the movie Enigma which was produced by Mick Jagger and Lorne Michaels. Mick can be seen in this (very good) film as an extra but more interesting for collector's is the footage of him in the bonus section: an interview and some shots from the set in the B-roll (unfortunately not in the U.K.- edition!).

DVD "Enigma" (Universal Pictures 903650 9, Germany)

08/18/02: A handful of Peter Tosh's CD's were re-released in remastered form with better booklets and bonus tracks. The Glimmer Twins were executive producers for Bush Doctor (which probably meant that they only lend a helping hand with organisation or money). It also includes KR on guitar on two tracks and most notably MJ's duet with Tosh on Don't Look Back. Most interesting are the bonus tracks, incl. a remix of Don't Look Back and a long version of Bush Doctor (with KR) which were only available before on a hard-to-find 12" single.

CD Peter Tosh "Bush Doctor" (EMI Records 539181 2)

08/11/02: Just released in the UK: A charity single for the Small Faces All Children's Charitable Trust by Kenney Jones and his current band The Action with two special guests, namely Paul Young and Ronnie Wood! All proceeds go to children's projects in the U.K. The CD includes 3 different mixes (RW is only on the normal version) and was produced by Chris Kimsey. Click on the book cover to read an exclusive book review by Nikki Sudden!

Single CD The Small Faces All Star Charity Band "It's All About The Children" (Nice Records SDNICE001)

08/04/02A rare promo was made to promote the upcoming string of newly remastered abkco (was Decca/London) records which are due out in October this year (in the US already in late August). This promo includes 21 tracks taken from nearly all different upcoming releases. Is the sound quality really so much better than on the first incarnation of abkco CD's, done in 1986? There are clear improvements on the tracks from 1963 - 1967. But on my favourite years 1968 - 1970? Not to my ears.

Promotional CD The Rolling Stones "Remastered" (Abkco Records)

07/28/02Nearly impossible to find on vinyl and now finally re-released on CD are the first two albums by Tucky Buzzard from 1971 and 1972. Both were produced by Bill Wyman and the first album also has cameos by Mick Taylor, Bobby Keys and Jim Price. Available here.

CD Tucky Buzzard "Tucky Buzzard" (Ripple Records RIPCD 104)/CD Tucky Buzzard "Warm Slash" (Ripple Records RIPCD 105)

07/21/02US superstar Dr. Dre remixed Miss You for the soundtrack of the third Austin Powers-movie. There's not much left of the original track except for Mick's voice and some backing vocals. Most interesting for collectors is the fact that they used a different vocal track of Mick's. Will it become a hit like the current JXL-remix of Elvis' A Little Less Conversation? I don't think so.

Soundtrack-CD Various Artists "Austin Powers III - Goldmember" (New Line/Maverick 48310, -USA)

07/14/02A new rare archive release includes seven tracks on which Bill Wyman produced and/or played bass. The sessions for the band The Arrows (with Alan Merrill, Jake Hooper and Terry Taylor) were held in London and Vence in 1977. Other friends on this interesting release include Ian McLagan, Tetsu Yamauchi, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Ollie E. Brown and many others. For more info mail to

CD The Arrows & Friends "Tawny Tracks" Geltoop Records Gel 003, -USA

07/07/02Cameraman Jerry Martin met the Stones for mere 21 hours during video shootings for Miss You, Respectable & Far Away Eyes in 1978 and managed to write a whole book about this (!).

But the book came out quite nicely, because of the many nice and unseen photos from the video shootings in it. His writing gets a little boring after some pages, because he hasn't much to tell but expands this on 40 pages.

Book by Jerry Martin "The Rolling Stones - The First Rock Music Video" Silver Rock Productions, New York, 44 pages, A4, ca. 30 b&w photos

06/30/02Another tribute/coverversions CD, this time coming from Germany. Only 4 cover versions of Jagger/Richards-songs, the other songs are covers from songs the Stones covered themselves and one self penned song dedicated to Brian Jones and Mick Taylor.

CD Los Veteranos, "A Tribute To The Rolling Stones" (Arena Records 1130-102, -Germany)

06/23/02X-Pensive Winos drummer Steve Jordan has his own DVD out in Japan, one chapter (#50) is called "With Keith Richards" and includes footage of them in a back of a limousine. For die hard collectors.

DVD Steve Jordan "The Groove Is Here" (VWD-230, -Japan)

06/16/02The new book of Japanese Stones expert Mike Koshitani comprises all released group and solo releases and gives info to all tracks on those. Also in the 400+ pages you find many b&w photos of cover artwork. Recommended if you speak Japanese and to die hard book collectors.

Order Here

Book by Mike M. Koshitani, "Stones Complete", 412 pages, A5, 2400 yen, ISBN4-575-29385-7

06/09/02Another tour, another tour programme from the Rhythm Kings. As usual this is a very nice souvenir with tour dates, biographies on the musicians and a short discography. Most special to me was an one page ad for Bill's upcoming Stones book (due out in October). If you can't see the RK on tour you can purchase this programme via .

CD The Rhythm Kings Tour Programme 2002, 24 pages, A4, 4.95 pounds

06/02/02The legendary farewell concert of The Band was just re-released in it's entirety. For the first time ever we officially get the two All Star Band jam-sessions with Ronnie Wood on guitar, which were previously only available on hard-to-find bootleg albums. (Woody also plays on the Dylan-cover I Shall Be Released).

4 CD-box The Band "The Last Waltz" Rhino 78278

05/26/02Another live album from the Rhythm Kings (the third in three years) which will only be sold on the merchandising desk at this years concerts and via Bill Wyman's website . The Rhythm Kings (here named as Bootleg Kings probably due to contractual problems) are best live, so get it while you can.

CD The Bootleg Kings "Travlin' Band" Ripple Records RIPCD 003


Already out since December 2001 is this DVD about Elvis' great debut album from 1956. Among others it includes an interview with Keith Richards.

DVD Elvis Presley "Classic Albums" Eagle Rock Entertainment EREDVD203


Ian Stewart produced and played piano on a session of Ronnie Lane (with Eric Clapton) in 1977. Seven of those tracks were released in 1998 as a bonus-CD to a high-priced Ronnie Lane boxset. Finally the songs are available on a reasonable single CD, filled up with 9 additional tracks (without STU), among others an alternate version of Ooh La La (without The Faces)

CD Ronnie Lane "Lucky Seven" NMC Music Ltd. PILOT 115


The first country to release "Being Mick" on DVD and VHS is Japan. Most interesting (apart from the perfect picture quality) is the bonus stuff: Three live performances from Mick's promo gig at L.A.'s El Rey Theater and also the promo video to "God Gave Me Everything" plus some interview snippets. And guess what: it's not only included on the DVD, but also on the VHS video!

DVD Mick Jagger "Being Mick" Pony Canyon PCPB-50523, -Japan /Video Mick Jagger "Being Mick" Pony Canyon PCVP-13087, -Japan


Finally out, for the first time on CD, is Billy Preston's live album recorded at his supporting gigs for the Stones 1973 European Tour. And what a surprise: If you compare the music to your old scratchy vinyl version you won't find many similarities. The folks at A&M used new tracks and takes for all songs bar one (The Bus). Maybe they lost most of the original tapes, which could be the reason why we waited so long for this "re-release". Highly recommended, because in 1973 Billy's guitarist, Mick Taylor, was even better than usual.

CD Billy Preston "Live - European Tour" A&M UICY-3358 - Japan


This CD-Rom includes a Stones discography and price guide. Also included in this database are lots of cover photos (but you won't get the cover photo to every listed release). Unfortunately for the folks at Megaworld Ltd. there's much better databases about the Stones on the internet than this half-baked effort.So I wouldn't recommend it.

CD-Rom "The Rolling Stones Discography & Price Guide" Megaworld Ltd. PAPRCD2021


The first DVD single ever from a Rolling Stone comes naturally from Mick Jagger. This UK Visions Of Paradise-single includes apart from the songs VOP and Blue the great and rarely seen promo video of VOP and three short interview segments (which also include some live footage from MJ's shows at the El Rey Theater, L.A. in November 2001)

DVD Mick Jagger "Visions Of Paradise" Virgin VUSDVD240


Expensive Winos-keyboarder Ivan Neville has a new CD out and KR plays and sings on it. Unfortunately the cover gives no clues on which song(s) KR performs and by now the album was only released in the US.
CD Ivan Neville "Saturday Morning Music" (Uptop Entertainment UE0218-85, -USA)


Yes, it's nearly easter and the holidays are here. So Johannes is off to Spain with the family and Nico takes a break to work on the updates for these pages (and maybe spend some time with his family as well).

Happy Easter everyone, we will be back with more hot news on April 7, 2002.


There's already plenty of compilations with cover versions of Jagger/Richards-songs and also of songs The Stones covered themselven in their original versions. This is the first album which offers both. Nice cheapo compilation.
CD Various Artists "Satisfaction - A Tribute To The Rolling Stones" CDMGRAM154


Ronnie Wood did a guest appearance in January on a special The Corrs-gig which was recorded by VH-1. They did two songs together (Little Wing, Ruby Tuesday) and the concert will not only be aired on TV but also released as a special live album on March 12 in the US.
CD The Corrs "VH1 Presents The Corrs Live In Dublin" Atlantic Records 83533 -USA


More DVD news: Just released was the legendary Marquee concert of Alexis Korner from April 1983, with Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart in the band. This region 2 DVD consists of 130 minutes of music and includes a biography, a discography and a 25-minute documentary as bonus.
DVD "Alexis Korner And Friends" (Classic Pictures Entertainment 6004X).


Already released in October 2001 was the new album of Dwight Yoakam. He and Mick Jagger wrote a song together (What's Left Of Me) which found it's way on the album but unfortunately MJ doesn't sing or play on it.
CD Dwight Yoakam "South Of Heaven, West Of Hell' (Warner Brothers 48012)


I already reviewed the advanced release of this album in 2001 and this had Mick Taylor on two tracks on it. Now the official release is finally out and includes a very interesting bonus track: a cover version of It's Only Rock'n Roll with Mick on guitar and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. You can order this album online via
CD Adam Bomb "New York Times" Get Animal Records GA 901, Canada


The second German single from the Goddess-album includes some interesting tracks for collectors: The song If Things Could Be Different which was previously only available as bonus track on the Japanese edition of Godess and two remixes of the first two single tracks (Visions Of Paradise and God Gave Me Everything).
Single-CD "Visions Of Paradise" by Mick Jagger, Virgin Records VUSCDF240


Another interesting DVD release: this second DVD compilation of the short-lived NBC pop-music series Hullabaloo consists of seven complete television episodes from 1965 - 1966 and 18 bonus performances. It includes two great Stones performances from 11.11.1965: She Said Yeah and Get Off Of My Cloud (playback with live vocals, with digitally remastered audio).
DVD "Hullabaloo Vol. 5 - 8" MPI Home Video DVD 6370


After the double-CD release it was only a question of time until we get the great Concert For New York City on DVD. It will be out next week on 2 DVD's incl. 296 min. consisting of the complete concert (incl. MJ & KR doing Miss You and Salt Of The Earth) and some short films about New York from famous directors like Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Woody Allen.
2 DVD's "Concert For New York City" Sony Music Entertainment


A new book about the music and bands of the 60's in context to Switzerland. It consists of 288 pages with 300 rare photos. Also the book includes an additional CD with sounds of the 60's, most notably a broadcast about the Stones-gig in Zurich in 1967 with reports, interviews and even some seconds from the actual gig.
Book "BeatPopProtest" by Samuel Mumenthaler, Editions Plus, Lausanne, ISBN 3-9521676-7-3


We already had a handful of biographies on Brian Jones, but at least this author knew his subject. Graham Ride shared a room with Brian in the early 60's in Cheltenham and according to his own words introduced him to Rhythm & Blues. Also they had the common interest for playing alto-sax. You can order the book here, click on the pull-down menue and then on "New book Foundation Stone".
Book "Foundation Stone" by Graham Ride, softback, 302 pages, ISBN 1-904221-00-9


The British Uncut magazine celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones in a unique way. They put them on the cover of their January-issue and the special thing is that they use two different covers and with each comes a different free CD with 16 or 17 cover versions of Jagger/Richards-compositions. And the mag itself includes more than 40 pages about the Stones, including great pics and interviews! Get it while you can!
Magazine "Uncut" January 2002