BMG & Universal announce ‘Confessin’ The Blues’ compilation album, curated by The Rolling Stones

BMG and Universal have today announced ‘Confessin’ The Blues‘, a new compilation album curated by longtime blues champions’, The Rolling Stones, collecting together the music and legendary blues artists that have inspired them throughout their career.

Confessin’ The Blues will be released on BMG on 9 November 2018.

With artwork by Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Confessin’ The Blues is set to be a real musical education from those who know the genre best, featuring tracks from the biggest Blues pioneers of them all: Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson.

Mick Jagger comments:

“The first Muddy Waters album that was really popular was Muddy Waters at Newport, which was the first album I ever bought”.

Keith Richards adds: 

“If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”

As such big supporters of the genre, the band and BMG have decided that 10% of BMG’s net receipts from the sale of this album (with a minimum of £0.65 (2CD) / £1.25 (2LP) / £3.00 (Bookpack) UK pounds sterling) will be donated to Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation (Registered as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organisation in the United States.)

American musician John Lee Hooker (1917 – 2001) (second left) performs with British musicians Ron Wood (left), Charlie Watts (second right, rear), and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during the band’s ‘Steel Wheels’ tour, late 1989. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Confessin’ The Blues will be available as a 2CD set, 2×2 Vinyl LP sets and a 5×10” Vinyl bookpack (mimicking the original 78RPM releases). All versions include liner notes by music journalist Colin Larkin and the bookpack contains removeable art card prints by noted blues illustrator Christoph Mueller.

Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones performs with Bo Diddley at the opening of a disco in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by © Bill Gentile/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)


1. Muddy Waters Rollin’ Stone

2 Howlin’ Wolf Little Red Rooster

3. John Lee Hooker Boogie Chillen

4. Little Walter Hate To See You Go

5. Chuck Berry Little Queenie

6. Bo Diddley You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

7. Eddie Taylor Ride ‘Em On Down

8. Slim Harpo I’m A King Bee

9. Magic Sam All Your Love

10. Elmore James Dust My Broom

11. Little Walter Just Your Fool

12. Muddy Waters I Want To Be Loved

13. Big Bill Broonzy Key To The Highway

14. Robert Johnson Love In Vain Blues

15. Mississippi Fred McDowell You Gotta Move

16. Jimmy Reed Bright Lights, Big City

17. Big Maceo Worried Life Blues

18. Little Johnny Taylor Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (Part 1)

19. Howlin’ Wolf Commit A Crime

20. Otis Rush I Can’t Quit You Baby

21. Jay McShann & Walter Brown Confessin’ The Blues


1. Howlin’ Wolf Just Like I Treat You

2. Little Walter I Got To Go

3. Chuck Berry Carol

4. Bo Diddley Mona

5. Muddy Waters I Just Want To Make Love To You

6. Elmore James Blues Before Sunrise

7. Eddie Taylor Bad Boy

8. Boy Blue Boogie Children

9. Jimmy Reed Little Rain

10. Robert Johnson Stop Breakin’ Down Blues

11. Reverend Robert Wilkins The Prodigal Son

12. Lightnin’ Slim Hoodoo Blues

13. Billy Boy Arnold Don’t Stay Out All Night

14. Bo Diddley Craw Dad

15. Dale Hawkins Suzie Q

16. Amos Milburn Down The Road  Apiece

17. Howlin’ Wolf Little Baby

18. Little Walter Blue And Lonesome

19. B.B. King Rock Me Baby

20. Buddy Guy Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues

21. Muddy Waters Mannish Boy

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