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Rolling Stones to release ‘Blue & Lonesome,’ their first album in 11 years

The Rolling Stones -- from left, Charlie Watts,

The Rolling Stones -- from left, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards -- will release "Blue & Lonesome," their first album of new material since 2005, on Dec. 2. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chris Jackson

The Rolling Stones have revealed plans for “Blue & Lonesome,” their first album of new material since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang,” to be released on Dec. 2.

The band recorded the album of blues classics in three days last December at British Grove Studios in London. Produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins, the album includes no overdubs and even features Eric Clapton on guitar on Willie Dixon’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby” and Little Johnny Taylor’s “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” because he happened to be recording at the same studio.

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do,” Was said in a statement.

“Blue & Lonesome” includes the Stones’ take on four Little Walter classics, including the song that gave the album its title, as well as two Howlin’ Wolf songs — “Commit a Crime” and “Just Like I Treat You.”

The album is now available for pre-order through Interscope Records, just in time for the band’s anticipated set at Desert Trip this weekend in Indio, California.

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