Nico, Johannes and Kevin wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2005!
We'll be back with the "news of the week" from January 2, 2005 onwards.


The new year in sight I'd like to point to the variety of new Stones calendars. I know of three different ones, one of them official, the other two probably unauthorized. All of them include just 12 different photos, one for every month. The best of the lot is the official one with various tour poster faksimiles, the better one of the other two is the calendar from Blossom Rock (group shot from 1986 on cover), which includes (IMHO) the better images.
3 calendars of the Rolling Stones "Official 2005 Calendar" (Pyramid Posters ISBN 1-904751-58X), "Calendar 2005" (Blossom Rock Ltd. BRC590), "Calendar 2005" (Dream International UK Ltd.).


Ronnie Wood did a handful of guest appearances at his old mate Rod Stewart's gigs this year. This concert from October 2004 at the famous Royal Albert Hall has Woody guesting on two songs (Stay With Me & Maggie May/Gasoline Alley).
DVD Rod Stewart "One Night Only - Live At Royal Albert Hall" (J Records/BMG 82876 63682 9).


Something for the Mick Taylor-aficionados: Mike Oldfield's live telecast of Tubular Bells, performed for BBC TV in 1973 and rarely seen in decent picture quality since then. This is one of the tracks on this new Mike Oldfield- compilation DVD. Mick plays guitar alongside Oldfield, Steve Hackett and Henry Cow.
DVD Mike Oldfield "Elements - The Best Of Mike Oldfield" (EMI MIKEDVD1).


It took nearly 20 years for an official release of the great Live Aid-concert. But there's some bitter pills to swallow for Stones collectors: the omissions of Jagger's Lonely At The Top and two of Dylan's songs with KR/RW (only Blowin' In The Wind made the discs)! At least everything else is on it, incl. Jagger singing back-up on the We Are The World-finale and the Dancing In The Street-video.
4 DVD's Various Artists "Live Aid" (W/S/M R2 970383 -US).


This rare TV movie from 1983 starring Mick Jagger in the leading role just saw it's first release on DVD in the US. MJ plays a chinese emperor in this fairy tale, a very strange sight. Notable cameo by Jerry Hall.
DVD "Faerie Tale Theatre - The Nightingale" (Starmaker II FTT 104, -US).


The most recent Willie Nelson & Friends-project was now also released on DVD. The CD had only two of Keith Richards' guest appearances, the DVD has all three and some footage from the rehearsals of the day before (Honky Tonk Women).
DVD by Willie Nelson & Friends "Outlaws & Angels" (Eagle Vision EREDV418).


Live Licks, the brandnew live album (recorded on the Licks tour in 2002/2003) benefits from a great guitar mix and suffers from bad editing. CD1 includes all the warhorses and CD2 lots of tracks which have never been before on RS live albums. Most of the tracks were already available on the Four Flix-DVD.
2 CD's by The Rolling Stones "Live Licks" (Virgin Records CDVDX3000).


The first single from the Alfie-soundtrack is its key-track Old Habits Die Hard. CD 1 is very interesting for the additional acoustic version and the promo video of this song. CD 2 adds only the regular "b-side" New York Hustle. Watch out for a one-track promo single with an elsewhere unavailable edit version (click on the cover left to see its cover).
single-CD's by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart "Old Habits Die Hard/New York Hustle" (Virgin Records VSCDX 1887; 4-track/VSCDT1887; 2-track).


If you liked Goddess In The Doorway you will probably like the soundtrack to the new remake of the movie Alfie. Mick Jagger collaborated with his old mate Dave Stewart and they dusted off some old songs and wrote a whole bunch of new others for it. The result sounds nearly like a new MJ-soloalbum. Check out the US-version of this album which comes with a bonustrack (Old habits in duet with Sheryl Crow).
Soundtrack-CD by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart "Alfie" (Virgin Records CDV 2992).


The new single of the Rhythm Kings is hard to find (UK-only-release and probably delayed) but now the first copies popped up on amazon and ebay. Highly collectable for the non-album-track I Know on its "b-side".
CD-single by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "That's How Heartaches Are Made/I Know" (R And M Records RAMCDS003).


Tuesday sees the DVD re-release of the infamous Rock'n' Roll Circus with some interesting bonus footage (unfortunately no new takes of Stones songs). But we get an alternate take of Yer Blues (with KR on bass), some backstage footage and three audio commentaries by MJ, KR and BW.
DVD by The Rolling Stones/Various Artists "Rock And Roll Circus" (Abkco Films, -US).


Three Stones on one stage have been filmed in this 1985 Willie And The Poor Boys- special. BW on bass (and some vocals), CW on drums and RW miming to the sax. Many collectors already own the video, but the DVD has some bonus footage: a 30- minute documentary incl. rehearsals and interviews with BW and RW.
DVD by Willie And The Poor Boys "Willie And The Poor Boys" (Classic Pictures DVD 7092X).


Already released on DVD in 2001 was this telecast from a German live TV show. Now they also released this show (recorded in Baden Baden, Germany in April 2000) as a hybrid-CD (incl. SACD-layer) with one additional track ('Lead Me To The Water').
Hybrid-CD by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Struttin' Our Stuff" (inakustik INAK 5506, Germany). Available here.


Tuesday sees the release of another Willie Nelson And Friends live-album. Keith Richards is among the friends again and sings We Had It All and plays on Nelson's (with Kid Rock) rendition of Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On. Unfortunately Jerry Lee Lewis' cover of Trouble In Mind (with KR on guitar) is absent from this album.
CD by Willie Nelson And Friends "Outlaws And Angels" (Lost Highway 602498627327).


This reggae tribute album dedicated to Bob Dylan includes two tracks by the man himself: Two new remixes of I And I, a song originally recorded with Mick Taylor on guitar in 1983 for his great Infidels-album. These new dub and reggae-versions still ground on the basic take, so completists and die hard Mick Taylor-collectors may be interested in them.
2 CD's by Various Artists "Is It Rolling, Bob?" (Ras Records RZDDD008).


This new book on Keith Richards is already Clayon's third biography in six months on single members of the Stones. And we can expect at least one more (about Mick Jagger). Like from its two predecessors you won't learn much news about the subject. For completists only.
Book by Alan Clayson "Keith Richards" (Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd., London, ISBN 1-86074-590-3).


Nearly 40 years after its first release some German record company thought it would be a clever idea to put 20 cover versions of Satisfaction on one CD. Some of these versions are unlistenable, some are great, most are somewhere in between. At least it's a cheapo, available here (type in "Satisfaction").
CD by Various Artists "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Classic Hits/Radio Star Tonträger 01811-2, -Germany).


The DVD-release of Messin' With The Blues includes just one bonus song and two new interviews conducted by Bill Wyman (with Buddy Guy and Big Bill Morganfield) compared to its video release of 1991. Too bad they did not include the two *complete* concerts of Bill with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells from Montreux 1974...
DVD by Muddy Waters/Buddy Guy & Junior Wells "Messin' With The Blues" (Classic Pictures Entertainment Ltd. DVD7082X).


Books, books, books. This one is in the vein of Mark Paytress' fantastic book "Off The Record". Author Alan Lysaght (maker of the radio documentary 'The Complete History Of The Rolling Stones') put together 310 pages of interview bits with the Stones and entourage, which reflect the whole span of their career.
Book by Alan Lysaght "An Oral History" (McArthur & Company, Toronto, Canada., ISBN 1-55278-392-8).


Dieter Hoffmann strikes again! After the insertion of the two great Recording Index- books we finally get part 5 of the hopefully never ending Blackbook-project. Included on 300 meticulously researched pages are mainly CD-releases, but also vinly collectors and for the first time DVD-collectors will get their share. A must. Available at Basement News Website
Book by Dieter Hoffmann with Peter Winterstein Jr. "Schwarzbuch - Blackbook Part 5" (Basement News Distribution, c/o Guenter Beetz, Waldstr. 59, 63110 Rodgau, Germany; ISBN 3-00-001938-3).


Another new Keith Richards-bio, but this time the author at least met his subject on several occasions between 1977 and 2003. Paperback, 350 pages, indexed and many black & white pictures (most of them the usual suspects, but some previously unseen). Available at
Book by Kris Needs "Keith Richards - Before They Make Me Run" (Plexus Publishing Ltd., London, ISBN 0-85965-344-7).


Even if you don't speak any French I'd like to recommend you this new book about Bill Wyman. Steady Rollin' Man is the progressed version of Coghe's last year's book Route 66 and includes a lot of nice pictures and best of all a nine track Rhythm Kings live-CD (elsewhere unavailable, though all songs taken from various Bootleg Kings-albums. Click on the bookcover to the left to watch the CD/tracklist). Paperback, 256 pages, 29,-. Available at (type in: Wyman).
Book/CD by Jean-Noel Coghe "Bill Wyman - Steady Rollin' Man" (Le Castor Astral, Bordeaux, France, ISBN 2-85920-561-6).


Vol. 2 of the Rolling Stones singles boxsets comprises the years 1965 - 1967. Starting with Satisfaction and ending with In Another Land it consists of eleven single-CD's with all A- and B-sides from this golden era of Stones-singles. Vol. 3 (1968 - 1976) will be out in mid-September.
Boxset with 11 single-CD's by The Rolling Stones "Singles 1965 - 1967" (Decca 06024 9820985).


It seems to be quite difficult to get the new Charlie Watts-album if you live outside the U.K. This double live-album album with his tentet was recorded 3 years ago during a two week residency at Ronnie Scott's in London. For jazz lovers and collectors only. Available via mail order at and
2 CD's by Charlie Watts And His Tentet "Watts At Scott's" (Sanctuary Black Box BBJ3000).


The long awaited Faces-boxset is finally available. This box of the best rock'n roll band of the early 70's includes 67 tracks on four discs including all singles and b-sides, all important album tracks and 30 previously unreleased studio-, BBC-, rehearsal- and live-tracks. Also including a very nice 64-page booklet. A must have! Get your personalized copy signed by Faces-keyboarder Ian McLagan h e r e.
4 CD-boxset by The Faces "Five Guys Walk Into A Bar..." (Warner Brothers/Rhino 8122-78233-2).


A brandnew book about the Stones is coming from Peru! Although I don't speak any Spanish I really liked the many previously unseen b&w pictures from MJ & KR's trip to South America in 1968 and from MJ's stay there during the shootings of Fitzcarraldo.
Book by Cucho Penaloza & Sergio Galarza "Los Rolling Stones En Perú" (Fondo Editorial Cultura Peruana, Lima, Peru).


On July 26, Nikki Sudden's great new album with Mick Taylor on two tracks (killer solo on House Of Cards) and Ian McLagan on five other tracks will be out in the whole of Europe. Other guests include Anthony Thistlethwaite (Waterboys), Darrell Bath (Lurkers), Dave Kusworth (Jacobites) and pedal steel virtuoso B.J. Cole, but overall it's Nikki's album and it's probably his best one yet. Get a signed advanced copy via Nikki's website, here.
CD Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits "Treasure Island" (Rookwood 001).


Just re-released in Europe is The Rolling Stones Songbook, an attempt of Andrew Oldham to cash in with instrumental re-recordings of 11 tracks made famous by the Stones. For example you find here the version of The Last Time famously sampled by The Verve for their big hit Bitter Sweet Symphony. The jewel case of the CD comes in an additional cardboard sleeve with some alternate coverwork. This is the only big difference to the original release. Better try to find the Japanese re-release on Deram from 1989, which had six bonus tracks.
CD by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra "The Rolling Stones Songbook" (Decca/Universal 9816711)


After the Embassy-DVD (see entry on February 15) was withdrawn, Bill Wyman just released an authorised version of a Rhythm Kings live-DVD. This was shot in January 2004 on a short England tour and also includes a 45-min. bonus documentary about the tour. Available here.
DVD by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Let The Good Times Roll" (Classic Pictures DVD 7084X)


The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra just released a single in memory of British soccer legend Jack Rowley. They chose a live version of Jumping Jack Flash, taken from a concert in 2003 with Mick Taylor on guitar.
CD-single by The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra "Jumping Jack Flash" (Springboard Media SMCDSBBO001).


Re-released for the umpteenth time, but this time you get real value for your money. The Jeff Beck Group's second album (with Woody on bass) is finally available in remastered sound, with detailled liner notes and four previously unreleased bonus tracks. Especially the outtake of B.B. King's Sweet Little Angel is fantastic.
CD by The Jeff Beck Group "Beck-Ola" (EMI 7243 5 78750 2 8).


The Rhythm Kings' fifth album bears no surprises, but if you liked the first four then you will find some great music on this. Only disappointment to me is that none of the three tracks recorded with Mick Taylor made it onto the album. Get it at
CD by Bill Wyman' Rhythm Kings "Just For A Thrill" (R And M Records RAMCD007).


Rush released in Russia and CIS countries (six weeks before it will be available in Europe to tie in with his tour in Russia and the Ukraine) is Nikki Sudden's long awaited new album which boasts two great tracks feat. Mick Taylor and five songs with Ian 'Mac' McLagan. The Russian version is already available via Nikki's website, get it here.
CD Nikki Sudden & The Last Bandits "Treasure Island" (Soyuz Music/Rookwood 001, -Russia).

Attention promo collectors: For the upcoming Charlie Watts & The Tentet live album (due out in June) there is a one track-promo single, interestingly a jazz arrangement of Satisfaction. Also there is a promo for the first of the three abkco singles-boxes, which includes all 33 tracks taken from the various singles on one disc. Click on the cover to the left to see more infos.

Promo single-CD by Charlie Watts & The Tentet "Faction" (Sanctuary Records) & Promo CD by The Rolling Stones "Singles 1963 - 1965 Vol. 1" (Universal Music)

The first volume of a series of three singles-boxes from the Decca-years comprises nine 60's singles and the Stones' three EP's in CD format. All 12 discs come in their original sleeves and the layout of the discs was done nicely (looking like vinly singles). Additionally the box has some bogus goodies like three postcards and a 28-page booklet.

12 CD-box The Rolling Stones "Singles 1963 - 1965" (ABKCO 602 498 188 644).

Wow, that was quick! Hardly three months since it's first volume (about Brian Jones) author Clayson releases the sequel to his series of books about all individual members of the Stones. It will be out in the UK from May 1 onwards.

Book by Alan Clayson "Charlie Watts" (Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd., London, ISBN 1-86074-581-4).

Some new session work by Keith: He sings and plays on the new album of Toots & The Maytals on the song Careless Ethoipians. The album is only available in the US by now, Europeans will have to wait for it's release until May 17.

CD by Toots And The Maytals "True Love" (V2 Records 63881-27186-2, -US)

The official release date was November 2003, but now it finally seems to be out: The Genesis Publications-like tome about the sixth Stone (who was in fact the 2nd Stone) Ian "Stu" Stewart. Only 950 copies of this book were made and all surviving Stones contributed in different ways. Unfortunately the price for this must have book is very high: £ 570,- plus shipping! More infos here.

Book "STU" (Out-Take Limited, London. No ISBN-number.)

Charlie Watts' first proper production work was with the jazz outfit The People Band in 1968. The album was released in 1969 and was very hard to find soon after. Now it was finally re-released on a small jazz label in the U.K., available here.

CD "The People Band" (Emanem 4102)

Out on DVD in the US since December and finally released in Germany is the most entertaining movie Pirates Of The Caribbean in which Johnny Depp based his character partly on Keith Richards. The bonus disc includes an interview with Keith Richards as an easter egg (hidden track). How to find it: Go to the main menu on disc 2, access the Moonlight Serenade option. Highlight the Main Menu option and press down twice to highlight the tooth. Click on it to watch the interview.

DVD "Pirates Of The Caribbean - The Curse Of The Black Pearl" (Walt Disney Home Video)

Some new session work by Mick Taylor, who plays on four songs (and co-wrote two of them) on the new album by British singer/guitarist Andy Sharrocks. Available here at Detour Records.

CD by Andy Sharrocks "Walking In Familiar Footsteps" (Lanta Records KOHCD1)

I just learned from Olaf that the CD-re-release of this nice gem from 1973 has an interesting bonus track: One of the four tracks on which Woody plays (So Sad) in it's rare alternate single version.

CD by Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre "On The Road To Freedom" (Repertoire Records/SPV 4780, -Germany)

Ivan Neville (one of the X-Pensive Winos) did release his "new" album already two years ago under the title Saturday Morning Music. KR plays guitar on the song Silence Is Better. Pretendedly only 1000 copies from SMM could be sold before the label, where it was on, was closed. Hence this re-release (with new title, new cover and one [live] bonus track). Worth-while, if you haven't got the original.

CD by Ivan Neville "Scrape" (Evangeline/ Soulfood GEL 4072)

Thanks to Roland I just found out about another session work of Ronnie Wood, done last year. Jimmy "Whirlwind" White is a snooker champion and good friends with Woody. He did his first (charity) single and Woody plays guitar on it.

Single-CD by Jimmy White "Minted" (Wotknot SDJWCD 001)

A new live DVD from The Rhythm Kings. Unfortunately this is not a brandnew recording, but an archive release from a previously unknown gig done in London in May 2000 (their first live DVD was a show from April 2000!), but at least we get treated with a lot of new and unheard songs (click on the cover to the left to read the tracklist). I just hear that the first circulating copies were unauthorized. The DVD will soon be available through

DVD by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Live At The Embassy Rooms" (Ripple Records 2004)

This is said to be the first of a series of biographies on each member of the Rolling Stones all done by Alan Clayson (he already did this about all four Beatles members). The book itself consists of 194 pages and has no pictures. It's doubtful if Clayson throws any new light on his subject. $14,95.

Book by Alan Clayson "Brian Jones" (Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd., London, ISBN 1-86074-544-X)

It took some time to find out about this DVD, so this is not brandnew, but from last year. It comes from Hungary and compiles artists who performed on the Gastroblues Festival in Paks (Hungary). Among them is Mick Taylor with one song (I Wonder Why), playing with a unusual backing band consisting a little known bass player and John Coghlan (ex-Status Quo!) on drums.

DVD and VHS by Various Artists "Tis Fesztival, Paks 1993 - 2002" (Lezer L-DVD 017; Hungary

This is a new biography about Keith Richards from Italy. A paperback with mere 90 pages and no pictures. For completists only.

Book by Fabio Alcini "Keith Richards - Street Fighting Man" (Bevivino Editore, Milano, Italy. ISBN 88-88764-11-9)

Brandnew DVD from England: A compilation with performances from various Jools Holland-presented TV shows. Included is a clip of Ronnie Wood doing Ooh La La (taken from a December 1999-show) with his children Leah and Jesse on backing vocals and guitar. Other artists include Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Solomon Burke, Dr. John, B.B.King and many others. Available at

DVD by Various Artists "Later... With Jools Holland Hootenanny" (Warner Vision International 2564611879)

A new book from Japanese Stones expert Mike Koshitani comes full packed with 250 pages about Keith Richards: biography, discography, lifeline, his guitars and many interesting photos. In Japanese! Price: 3000 yen.

Book by Mike Koshitani "Keith Richards File" (Shinko Music Publishing Co., Ltd., Japan) ISBN 4-401-61825-4