Keith Richards marks the 30th anniversary of his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, with a reissue today (Friday) in numerous configurations.
The album came together during downtime with The Rolling Stones during a period of substantial tension between him and Mick Jagger. It turned out to be an eye-opening experience.
Keith Richards recently talked about a lesson learned while writing songs for his first solo album, "As I went through it, the process of making the record, I realized I could write songs ... because you've got to realize up until that point I wrote songs specifically for Mick Jagger to sing. And I wrote within his range, within his concepts and abilities. And I realized I had other songs in me that were right sometime outside of his area and that is what I found out as I was doing this record."
The reissue adds six previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded with former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Bootsy Collins and the late pianist Johnnie Johnson.
The super-deluxe edition, priced over $150, is a six-disc set wrapped in a replica of the fabric Fender used to wrap guitar cases in. The six discs are:
- Remastered Talk Is Cheap on vinyl
- Unreleased bonus tracks on vinyl
- Remastered Talk Is Cheap on CD
- Unreleased bonus tracks on CD
- Seven-inch single of "Take It So Hard" b/w "I Could Have Stood You Up"
- Seven-inch single of "No Mistake" b/w "It Means a Lot"
It also contains an 80-page hardcover book with an essay featuring a new interview with Keith, photos, tour laminates, lyric sheets, a reproduction of the Talk Is Cheap playback invite, a guitar pick and two posters.
There is also a two-CD set, as well as a vinyl edition.