The Rolling Stones release a huge vinyl box set today

THE ROLLING STONES:  Releasing new vinyl box set today

Fans of The Rolling Stones wanting to upgrade their vinyl collection get their chance today (Friday) with the release of The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016.

Each record in this 20-disc collection has been sourced from the original master tapes and pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. And each sleeve has been faithfully reproduced, including the real zipper on the cover of Sticky Fingers.

Keith Richards talked about why later versions of The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album did not contain a real zipper on the album cover:

"The last time that they did that on the original, the zpper started to cut into the records and they had to dump a whole load and that is why the zipper disappeared and so it became a print zipper."

The 15 albums are:

  1. Sticky Fingers (1971)
  2. Exile on Main Street (1972) (2 LP)
  3. Goats Head Soup (1973)
  4. It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll (1974)
  5. Black and Blue (1976)
  6. Some Girls (1978)
  7. Emotional Rescue (1980)
  8. Tattoo You (1981)
  9. Undercover (1983)
  10. Dirty Work (1986)
  11. Steel Wheels (1989)
  12. Voodoo Lounge (1994) (2 LP)
  13. Bridges to Babylon (1997) (2LP)
  14. A Bigger Bang (2005) (2LP)
  15. Blue and Lonesome (2016) (2LP)

In celebration of the release, you can listen to previews of all the tracks via the virtual player on the Stones' website.


ELVIS PRESLEY:  Drummer D.J. Fontana has passed away at 87

Drummer D.J. Fontana, who backed Elvis Presley in the rock icon's early years, passed away Wednesday night. He was 87.

His son David writes on Facebook, "My Dad passed away in his sleep... He was very comfortable with no pain... We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers."

Fontana, the last surviving member of Presley's original band, played with "The King" from 1954 to 1968. He can be heard on such Presley staples as "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Don't Be Cruel."

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2009.

On the night he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, DJ Fontana recalled recording with Elvis Presley:

"We never knew exactly how they were going to come out. You go in hoping you'll get a hit record -- even though he was Elvis and getting hit after hit -- but you still wondered, well, is this gonna be as good as the rest of 'em? So you try twice as hard to do a better job. And, like I said, he knew what he wanted to hear in his own mind, so that made it a little easier for us. He played a little bass, played a little guitar, a little piano, a little organ. And I said, Elvis, you know, you play just enough to be dangerous."


LINDA RONSTADT:  Responds to a big honor

Parkinson's disease makes travel difficult for Linda Ronstadt. So she was unable to attend the recent Spirit Achievement Awards in New York.

In a statement thanking the award's sponsor, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, "The research that Einstein has accomplished for Parkinson's is so important to finding a cure to this debilitating disease that has affected so many, including myself. I hope to see the next generation get involved and continue to make this fundraiser as successful as it has always been."

The Einstein Women’s Division has raised over $100 million for women's healthcare projects, including research and teaching. (Billboard)

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