Nico, Johannes and Kevin wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2006!
We'll be back with the "News Of The Week" in early January.


Always a must have: Dieter Hoffmann's fantastic Schwarzbuch (Blackbook)-series. Volume six was just released, full packed with meticously researched infos about hundreds of underground albums. Essential stuff! Click on the image for more info. Book by Dieter Hoffmann with Peter Winterstein Jr. "Schwarzbuch / Blackbook Vol. 6" ISBN 3-00-001938-3 (Basement News Distribution, Germany).


The second single from A Bigger Bang is Rain Fall Down, which appears on the CD-single in three different versions, two of them remixes (from Ashley Beedle and Black Eyed Peas' Diehard collectors watch out for a promotional 12" single with two more more remixes by Ashley Beedle. CD-single by The Rolling Stones "Rain Fall Down +2" (Virgin VSCDT 1907)/ 12"-single by The Rolling Stones "Rain Fall Down +3" (Virgin 49868 1).


Nice collector's item, but a missed opportunity: the long awaited Rarities-CD. Some interesting songs which have never been on CD before (Through The Lonely Nights, Let It Rock), some new edits (Harlem Shuffle New York Mix, Miss You) and one song which was only available on DVD before (Thru And Thru). The rest is not too rare or even easily available (like Mannish Boy or If I Was A Dancer). If there won't be a volume 2, than this is a wasted chance! That would be too bad. CD by The Rolling Stones "Rarities 1971 - 2003" (Virgin CDVX 3015)


Since early November the Stones give away a special 1-track single at their US shows in exchange for a donation for a relief fund in aid of the victims of hurricane Katrina. It includes one beautiful acoustic ballad sung by Keith called Hurricane, probably recorded in 2002 during the 40 Licks-sessions. Just one and a half minutes but a must have. (Thanks Gary!) CD-single by The Rolling Stones "Hurricane" (no order number)


Just released: A special edition of A Bigger Bang aiming for the X-mas market and trying to force us to purchase the album twice. Well this edition succeeds, as it includes a bonus-DVD with promo footage from the tour, interviews & promo videos and most interesting the two finished leftover tracks from the A Bigger Bang-sessions: Don't Wanna Go Home and Under The Radar! CD + DVD by The Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang (Special Edition)" (Virgin CDVX 3012)


Mark Romanek directed solo promos for both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This compilation-DVD with the best of his works includes the well known promo of God Gave Me Everything and a previously unavailable director's cut (!) of Wicked As It Seems. There's is also some KR-footage in the featurette in the bonus section. DVD by Mark Romanek/Various Artists "The Work Of Director Mark Romanek" (Mute Films DIRDVD4)


A six-track tribute-single to Brian Jones was just released by Dutch singer/songwriter Diderik Groen. Diderik is a member of The Brian Jones Fanclub and the Brian Jones Fan Club Cheltenham and wants to raise funds for both fanclubs.Available here. Support. CD-single by Diderik Groen "(Thank You) For Being There" (Weidebrand Catalogue # W 050703)


This new DVD is a tribute to the sound of New Orleans. It was filmed in April 2004 and has finally found it's way on the (TV)screen. Keith took part in two songs, of which unfortunately only one is on the DVD. Other notable guests are X-Pensive Winos-members Steve Jordan and Ivan Neville and also Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, The Neville Brothers and Lloyd Price. Available here. DVD by Various Artists incl. Keith Richards "Make It Funky" (Columbia Tristar Home Pictures, -US)


A must have for Mick Taylor-collectors is this new book from Stoneware Publishing. It lists all available Taylor-recordings on 324 pages and a bonus CD-Rom includes all covers for reference. Write to Stoneware Publishing to get info how to purchase a copy (write "Stoneware" in the subject/header). Book by Al "The Mick Taylor Bootleg Guide" (Stoneware Publishing 012)


After four semi-official Bootleg Kings-albums (only sold via website and merchandising desk) Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings have just released their first proper live-album, recorded in Berlin in 2004. The Rhythm Kings are live even better than on studio albums, so this is the RK-album to have! Available here. CD by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Live" (R And M/Roadrunner Records RR 8101-2)


Keith Richards is always first in line when it comes to paying respects and tribute to his old blues, rock&roll and reggae heroes. After Hubert Sumlin, Toots Hibbert and Les Paul, now it's time for blues-legend Buddy Guy. The album was produced by old Winos-buddy Steve Jordan and KR plays on one track (together with Keb' Mo). Available here.. CD by Buddy Guy "Bring 'Em In" (Silvertone Records 82876-72426-2)


Ian McLagan's great first solo album "Little Troublemaker" was just re-released (under a new title with new cover artwork). Of course it includes Keith and Woody on a couple of tracks, but that's not all because Mac added a handful of great bonus tracks incl. his Last Chance To Dance-EP and most interesting to us collectors: three previously unreleased tracks, incl. a 12-minute version of Truly (recorded with the New Barbarians line-up)! Get it here (signed, sealed and delivered) from the man himself.. CD by Ian McLagan "Here Comes Trouble" (Maniac Records)


Bill Wyman re-released his first three soloalbums in Japan and all of them include bonus tracks now. "Monkey Grip" and "Stone Alone" include both two bonus tracks which were already available on the Bill Wyman Compendium. His third soloalbum "Bill Wyman" sports only one bonus track, but a previously unreleased song called Lost Galaxy. Available here. CD by Bill Wyman "Bill Wyman" (Imperial Records TECI 24302, -Japan)


"Long" John Baldry, who died recently, recorded two soloalbums in the early 70's with (in parts) Rod Stewart as producer. Fot 'It Ain't Easy' Rod brought in his old mate Ronnie Wood on guitar. The new re-release also includes two previously unavailable alternate takes. For the follow-up album 'Everything Stops For Tea' Ronnie sketched the coverartwork instead of playing on the album. This album was not available on CD before. Available here. CD's by John Baldry "It Ain't Easy" (Warner Brothers 8122784642)/"Everything Stops For Tea" (Warner Brothers 8122784652)


In December 2004 Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings backed legendary Elvis Presley-guitarist Scotty Moore in a special event at Abbey Road Studios. Also Ronnie Wood was guesting on five tracks and the whole event was professionally recorded and filmed. Slated for an October 3-release I just learned that CD (lacking three tracks compared to the DVD, incl. one with RW!) and DVD were already released in France. Available here (type in: "hommage roi rock"). CD and DVD by Various Artists feat. Scotty Moore "Hommage Au Roi Du Rock'n Roll Live At Abbey Road" (TF1 France)


Faces-drummer Kenney Jones' new band just released their first album in the US. Kenney's old mates Ronnie Wood and Ian McLagan play on a couple of tracks. Available here. CD by The Jones Gang "Any Day Now" (AOO Music AOO40501)


For the first time in six years of weekly collector's news I have the opportunity to make aware of a new Rolling Stones studio album. I think this is totally unnecessary, everybody knows about it. Isn't this what all this collecting is about - compensating for the real thing? So just for the sake of completeness: Get it, it's brilliant! CD by The Rolling Stones "A Bigger Bang" (Virgin Records)


An overdue tribute album to the father of electric guitar: Les Paul. Keith pays his respect by playing on a new rendition of the old standard Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (together with Buddy Guy and Rick Derringer). Other guest artists on the album are Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons and many others. CD by Les Paul "American Made World Played" (Capitol/EMI 3391442)


The first single from the long awaited upcoming studio album includes three tracks, two songs and one edit and unfortunately no non-album track. Get it for the radio edit of Streets Of Love (attention: not included on the UK version of the single!) or if you can't wait for the album which will be out September 5 (September 6 in the US). CD-single by The Rolling Stones "Streets Of Love (Radio Edit)/Streets Of Love (Album-version)/Rough Justice (Album-version)" (Virgin Records 0094634002929, Germany)


Mick Jagger participated in this year's Mustique Blues Festival in aid to the Basil Charles Education Foundation. He sang two blues numbers and one Stones-song with a pick up band and now these two blues standards were released on a charity CD which is available here. A must have for collectors and blues aficionados.CD by Various Artists "Mustique Blues Festival 2005" (BCEF 2005, West Indies)


A new quiz book about the Rolling Stones was just released in Germany. 1400 questions and answers on 214 pages, some pictures. In German. Completists only. Email for more informations here. Book by Klaus Miethke and Rainer Peschen "FAQ-Kompendium Stones" (ComRock-Publishing GbR, Germany)


Ronnie Wood's brother in law Paul Karslake and his band The Valerie Masters recorded an album in Woody's homestudio and the owner himself lent his skills on two tracks, among them a cover version of Seven Days. Very rare edition of just 500 copies! Available here. CD by The Valerie Masters "Live" (private but professional edition of 500)


Johannes, Kevin and Nico wish you a great holidays-season. In hot Europe we need to look for some shade, even if we can only find it at night... We'll be back with new weekly collector's news in August.


A brandnew book from Germany from the makers of "Stones Over Germany"-book and Precious Stones-fanzine. It consists of loads of reports and reviews from the Licks World Tour 2002/2003. Foreword by Chris Jagger, 436 pages, 478 images, in English/German. Available here. Book by Gerd Coordes and Olaf Boehme "The Rolling Stones Fruit Of The Loom Tour" (BoD Books, Germany) ISBN 3-8334-2857-0.


A new paperback book about the making of the album Let It Bleed. 208 pages, 8 pages with colour photos, available here (type in "Stones" as keyword). Book by Sean Egan "Rolling Stones And The Making Of Let It Bleed" (Vinyl Frontier) ISBN 1903318779 


The authentic track from Mick Taylor's session for Lauren Field can be found on her The Story Of Us-single: He plays guitar on the "b-side" Can't Do This Anymore. According to new sources he does not play on the album! CD-single by Lauren Field "The Story Of Us/Can't Do This Anymore" (Shmusicmusic SHM002)


More session work of Mick Taylor: He plays guitar on the debut single of Penni Colman. You can listen to the song and/or order it here. CD-single by Penni Colman "It's Only Thunder" (Shmusicmusic)


Five weeks after the harrowing tsunami in December 2004 a handful of old mod rockers (incl. Ronnie Wood on guitar) gathered in London to record a benefit single consisting of two old Small Faces-standards. The resulting single was just released and is available here.  Buy it! CD-single by Mod Aid 20 "What'cha Gonna Do About It" (Biff Bang Pow/Mark Joseph Records BBPCD0002)


More from the Jeff Beck Group (with Ronnie on bass). Just re-released on CD with many bonus-tracks was Donovan's album Barabajagal of 1969. The JBG is on three tracks, one of them ('The Stromberg Twins') was not available before! CD by Donovan "Barabajagal" (EMI 7243 8 73569 2 4)


Tim Ries, horn player with the Rolling Stones tour band, just released his long awaited cover versions-project - an album full of Jagger/Richards-tracks with his saxophon being the lead instrument. As parts of this album were recorded while on tour with the Stones, Tim had the chance to secure him some help from the Stones themselves and other backing and supporting musicians: Charlie plays drums on four tracks, KR plays guitar on two and Woody on one. Click on the cover to the left to see all other musicians.
Woody even donated an old drawing of his (from 1968!) for the frontcover.
CD by Tim Ries "The Rolling Stones Project" (Village Recorders Inc. VRCL 12001, -Japan).

Attention! Our very first contest is over. The free promo CD goes to Franz Grassmann. Congratulations! The first tour Tim did with the Rolling Stones was "No Security" in 1999. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.


After last years re-release of Beck-Ola with a handful of great bonus tracks everyone hoped for a similar treat to Truth, the Jeff Beck Group's fantastic debut album (with Ronnie Wood on bass). And voila - here it is: Eight bonus tracks (singles, b-sides and two previously unreleased alternate takes). Also included is a nice booklet with good photos and liner notes by Charles Shaar Murray. Recommended CD by Jeff Beck Group "Truth" (EMI 7243 8 73749 2 8)


Last years celebration of 50 years of Fender Stratocaster-guitars at the Wembley Arena had Ronnie Wood performing on three songs. One with Buddy Holly's backing band The Crickets, one with an all star line-up and one on his own (Ooh La La). Now this benefit concert (in aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy) was just released on DVD. DVD by Various Artists "The Strat Pack - Live In Concert" (Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd. EREDV464)


A very nice coffeetable photobook in English and German with vintage photos of Rod Stewart, done by Bravo-photographer Bubi Heilemann. About 50% of the book consists of The Faces-photos, so we get to see lots of (unseen!) pics with Ronnie Wood in his mid-twenties. All in colour and great printing quality. A4, 208 pages, € 49,90. Available at Book by Wolfgang "Bubi" Heilemann "Rod Stewart - Live- / Private- / Backstage-Photos 1970 - 1980" (Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag, Germany) ISBN 3-89602-647-X


A new book on Ronnie Wood, written from a die hard fan's point of view. Wendy Mullen, who is also a musician and has a PhD in literature writes about her encounters with RW and experiences with her Ron Wood-website, other fans, etc. Nice read. Paperback, A5, 344 pages, 10 b&w pictures. Available at Book by Wendy Ellison Mullen "Ronnie Wood's Smile (And Where It Led)" (AuthorHouse, USA) ISBN 1-4208-1279-3


A new unauthorised biography on DVD in the Just For The Record-vein. But this one (from the Musicbox-series) has only a mere 42 minutes of not too rare archive material. Collectors only. Available at   DVD The Rolling Stones "Musicbox Biographical Collection" (PHV009DVD)


The "33 1/3"-series presents classical albums described in paperback books. The first one about a Rolling Stones-album is this one about Exile On Main St. 128 pages. $9.95-. Book by Bill Janovitz "33 1/3 - Exile On Main Street" (Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 082641673X)


Last year Keith Richards did participate in two tribute concerts for his late old friend Gram Parsons. The second of these shows was filmed and just released on DVD. Keith sings and plays on three songs and can be seen playing guitar in the background on a fourth one. DVD by Various Artists "Return To Sin City - A Tribute To Gram Parsons" (Image Entertainment 82876 67422 9)


Nico, Johannes and Kevin wish you all a Happy Easter!
We'll be back with more weekly collector's news on April 3.


An obscure re-release of some very hard to find sessionwork of Ronnie Wood. He plays guitar on one track of this album ("Stop On The Red"). It was originally released in 1972 and the vinyl version was really nowhere to be found. CD by Gerry Lockran "Wun" (Hugo-Montes Production HMP CD-029)


This week sees the release of the new Bill Wyman-book. Another hardcover (320 pages) with lots of great info, photos, displays and everything. Problem: It's neither about the blues nor about the Stones, but about metal detecting, archaeological finds and Britain's history in context. Book by Bill Wyman and Richard Havers "Treasure Islands - Britain's History Uncovered" (Sutton Publishing, ISBN 0-7509-3967-2)


The third and final singles box from the Decca years was finally released. Like its two predecessors it's nicely made: It includes 10 single CD's in authentic sleeves and also bogus booklet, poster and three postcards. As a special bonus it comes with a 4-track DVD with three classic tracks from the 60's and the promovideo of the Sympathy-remix from 2003. 11 discs-boxset by The Rolling Stones "Singles 1968 - 1971" (Universal Music)


Something new for the Taylor-collectors. This DVD includes the old film "The Turning Point" of 1969 with an interview and some live footage of MT and also a new documentary with ca. seven minutes of Mick Taylor (a new interview and footage of him working in the studio). DVD by John Mayall "The Godfather Of British Blues/The Turning Point" (Eagle Vision EREDV 404, -Germany)


Some late edition for the die hard collectors: This Spencer Davis Group live-DVD includes a 60-minutes bonus documentary taken from German TV, made in 1967, which has a previously unseen cameo of Mick Jagger entering his Mini Cooper in the streets of London. Mean lean 10 seconds, but some collectors must have it all. And some even like the Spencer Davis Group. DVD by The Spencer Davis Group "Live In Manchester" (Alpha Centauri Entertainment ACE 11049C, -Germany)


The fourth and probably last edition in Alan Clayson's series of books about the individual characters of the Stones was just released in the UK. The subject is Mick Jagger.The cover differs from its three predecessors, the contents probably won't (the other three books did not give much new insight and weren't the best reads yet about the Rolling Stones). Paperback, A5, 214 pages (with 8 pages of black & white pictures). Book by Alan Clayson "Mick Jagger" (Sanctuary Publishing, London. ISBN 1-86074-613-6)


Very quickly after the harrowing tsunami cost so many lifes and wasted so many landscapes on the coast of southeast Asia a handful of well known musicians gathered to record this benefit single. Bill Wyman on bass. Other artists are Cliff Richard, Barry and Robin Gibb, Brian Wilson, Gary Moore, Kenney Jones and many more. All proceeds to the Tsunami Appeal. Buy it. CD single by One World Project "Grief Never Grows Old" (One World Records OWR1)


Something for the die-hard collectors: The movie Eat The Rich (1987) with Bill Wyman doing a cameo (as the "toilet-victim") was just re-released on DVD.
DVD "Eat The Rich" (EMS GmbH 115633, -Germany)


It took nearly five years to release this album (sessions were held in April 2000!). Keith plays on three tracks and took over the lead vocals on one of them.
CD by Hubert Sumlin "About Them Shoes" (Tone Cool/Artemis Records/Rykodisc RCD17307)


This DVD of blues legend John Lee Hooker (released already in Summer 2004) includes an interesting live track in 5.1-sound: 'Boogie Chillen' backed by The Rolling Stones filmed live in Atlantic City, December 19, 1989.
DVD by John Lee Hooker "Come And See About Me - The Definitive DVD" (Eagle Vision EREDV341)


The brandnew issue of the UK Uncut magazine includes a 14-page special about Brian Jones in the wake of the upcoming movie about him. As a special bonus the magazine includes a free CD with 15 tracks which influenced the Stones dubbed "The Devil's Jukebox" (click on the magazine cover to the left to view the CD's contents).
Magazine "Uncut" (issue 93, February 2005) with CD "The Devil's Jukebox" (Uncut 2005 02)


There's about three dozen of cover versions and tribute-CD's out there. Most of them are trash. But here is one which is a very nice collectors item: It comes from Peru (!), includes lots of great renditions (with some rarely covered songs like Hang Fire, Don't Stop and Brand New Car) and also some original words and interview-snippets from the Stones themselves spliced between songs. Order it here: .
CD by Various Artists "Gracias Por El Refugio - Tributo Peruano A Los Rolling Stones (N Discos 2004, -Peru)