The Rolling Stones have an obvious passion for the blues, so Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn't need much convincing to work with two of their favorite blues artists for the Rolling Stones blues tribute album. Chicago Plays the Stones is set for release Sept. 14 on Raisin' Music Records. Chicago Plays the Stones, which features the Living History Band as backup musicians, is a 12-track album of Chicago blues artists performing Rolling Stones songs. On the album, Jagger does backing vocals on Buddy Guy's remake of "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" while guitarist Richards plays on Jimmy Burns' cover version of "Beast of Burden" on the album. Burns also does a remake of "Dead Flowers" without Richards.
"Heartbreaker" was originally released on the 1973 Rolling Stones album Goat's Head Soup, and the song was a No. 15 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As expected, Guy's blues version of the song is at a much slower pace and has prominent harmonica playing that the original doesn't have. However, Guy's version sounds like an entirely different song: There is also an extensive blues guitar solo, no horns (as there were on the original "Heartbreaker") and no "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo" in the chorus or anywhere in the remake. This is a stellar example of a "re-imagined song" that does the original justice while making something completely great on its own.
"Beast of Burden" was originally released on the 1978 Rolling Stones album Some Girls, and the song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been covered numerous times by other artists, most notably by Bette Midler, who teamed up with Jagger for her 1984 version.
Although most of the songs on Chicago Plays the Stones are from the 1960s and 1970s, there are two 1990s Stones songs on the album "I Go Wild" (from 1994's Voodoo Lounge) and "Out of Control" (from 1997's Bridges to Babylon).
Here is the tracklist for Chicago Plays the Stones:
Billy Boy Arnold, "Play With Fire"