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Rock - Released September 18, 2015 | EMI

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Three albums in 71 years spent on this earth would suggest a work-rate that is not particularly infernal. However, Keith Richards does not only work for himself, but as a principal songwriter for a little known band called The Rolling Stones… Emerging from the shadows on the 18th September, Crosseyed Heart is the third studio offering from the human riff, whose last solo venture dates from as far back as 1992’s Main Offender. With nothing to prove, and perhaps nothing to gain, Richards allows himself to have fantastic fun on a disc that reaches nearly an hour. It has no frills, and is all the more endearing for it. Surrounded by three long-time collaborators, namely Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Ivan Neville (keyboards), and the album’s co-composer Steve Jordan (drums), Richards brilliantly slaloms between rock, blues, country and reggae, wielding his eternally potent image as a rakish, ethereal tramp. The production on Crosseyed Heart merits a mention, sticking firmly to the guitarist’s blueprint, and thereby bringing a touch of authenticity to the disc. But it is, finally, in the ballads and slower songs that Keith Richards works wonders here (the acoustic opening to the bluesy track 'Crosseyed Heart' reminded Qobuz of Robert Johnson; as did 'Robbed Blind' and 'Suspicious'). It is a delight to see this living God of Rock leave his status in the changing room, and play and sing in a simple, direct way. We wish to alert your attention, finally, to two further tracks, a cover of 'Goodnight Irene' by Leadbelly, and the track 'Illusion', which features guest vocals from Norah Jones. 
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Rock - Released November 13, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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45 is a ripe old age to bring out a debut. Well, a debut that actually carries your name. In 1988, Keith Richards became a living legend when he finally decided to release his own album, Talk Is Cheap. The guitarist from The Rolling Stones didn’t have anything to prove, he just wanted to have a good time. And that’s exactly what he has on this rock’n’roll Stones-esque album, recorded with the X-Pensive Winos that brings together Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel, Bobby Keys, Ivan Neville and Charley Drayton. He even invited along some acclaimed musicians such as Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker... Following the album’s release, Richards embarked on a world tour, stopping in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium on December 15, 1988. That night, he performed almost all the songs from Talk is Cheap and added a few covers of The Rolling Stones’ songs (Happy, Connection, Time Is On My Side and Too Rude). It’s like a jam sesh between old friends with a lot of winks towards reggae, a genre dear to Richards. The amazing live album was only released three years later, just before the release of his second solo album Main Offender. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 3, 1988 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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It wasn’t until 1988 that Keith Richards, at the age of 45, finally launched his solo career. Mick Jagger had recently preceded him with the albums She’s the Boss in 1985 and Primitive Cool in 1987, both of which were met with some commercial success, but are now somewhat forgotten from the history of rock’n’roll. With a smaller public reception, Talk is Cheap is evidently more rock oriented than Jagger’s albums. The master of riffs brings his influential know-how to a collection of relaxed tracks. He is supported by Steve Jordan’s solid drum rhythms and Charley Drayton’s bass. Somewhere between classic Stones rock, vintage honky-tonk, and hints of New-Orleans delta blues, Richards displays himself as more a crafter of melodies than a conventional songwriter. This solo debut resembles, above anything, an enormous, joyous jam session between friends. Such friends include: Ivan Neville (piano), Bobby Keys (sax), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Bootsy Collins (bass), Chuck Leavell (keys), Maceo Parker (saxo), Mick Taylor (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keys) and Willie Mitchell. All in all, without his eternal other half, Keith Richards copes fairly well. Hence his return one year later with the album Steel Wheels … © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 19, 1992 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released November 2, 2010 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Released in conjunction with Keith Richards’ 2010 autobiography Life, Vintage Vinos collects 14 highlights from the three solo records where he was backed by the X-Pensive Winos: 1988’s Talk Is Cheap; the 1991 live set Live at the Hollywood Palladium, recorded on the supporting tour for the 1988 debut; and 1992’s Main Offender. Five cuts were cherry-picked from each studio album and paired with four highlights from the live album (all songs recorded by the Rolling Stones, including “Time Is on My Side” and “Connection,” but they’re overshadowed by the reggae “Too Rude,” which allows the Winos to really stretch their muscles), and while there are some excellent songs left on the studio records (chief among them the Jagger-baiting ‘50s shuffle “I Could’ve Stood You Up”), the selections are expertly chosen and offer solid proof that when the Stones weren’t rolling, Keef served up some nifty rock and soul on his own, and even had a pair of minor classics in the hard-charging “Take It So Hard” and cool grooving Stax tribute “Make No Mistake.” © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released September 18, 2015 | EMI

Three albums in 71 years spent on this earth would suggest a work-rate that is not particularly infernal. However, Keith Richards does not only work for himself, but as a principal songwriter for a little known band called The Rolling Stones… Emerging from the shadows on the 18th September, Crosseyed Heart is the third studio offering from the human riff, whose last solo venture dates from as far back as 1992’s Main Offender. With nothing to prove, and perhaps nothing to gain, Richards allows himself to have fantastic fun on a disc that reaches nearly an hour. It has no frills, and is all the more endearing for it. Surrounded by three long-time collaborators, namely Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Ivan Neville (keyboards), and the album’s co-composer Steve Jordan (drums), Richards brilliantly slaloms between rock, blues, country and reggae, wielding his eternally potent image as a rakish, ethereal tramp. The production on Crosseyed Heart merits a mention, sticking firmly to the guitarist’s blueprint, and thereby bringing a touch of authenticity to the disc. But it is, finally, in the ballads and slower songs that Keith Richards works wonders here (the acoustic opening to the bluesy track 'Crosseyed Heart' reminded Qobuz of Robert Johnson; as did 'Robbed Blind' and 'Suspicious'). It is a delight to see this living God of Rock leave his status in the changing room, and play and sing in a simple, direct way. We wish to alert your attention, finally, to two further tracks, a cover of 'Goodnight Irene' by Leadbelly, and the track 'Illusion', which features guest vocals from Norah Jones. 
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Rock - Released October 3, 1988 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

It wasn’t until 1988 that Keith Richards, at the age of 45, finally launched his solo career. Mick Jagger had recently preceded him with the albums She’s the Boss in 1985 and Primitive Cool in 1987, both of which were met with some commercial success, but are now somewhat forgotten from the history of rock’n’roll. With a smaller public reception, Talk is Cheap is evidently more rock oriented than Jagger’s albums. The master of riffs brings his influential know-how to a collection of relaxed tracks. He is supported by Steve Jordan’s solid drum rhythms and Charley Drayton’s bass. Somewhere between classic Stones rock, vintage honky-tonk, and hints of New-Orleans delta blues, Richards displays himself as more a crafter of melodies than a conventional songwriter. This solo debut resembles, above anything, an enormous, joyous jam session between friends. Such friends include: Ivan Neville (piano), Bobby Keys (sax), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Bootsy Collins (bass), Chuck Leavell (keys), Maceo Parker (saxo), Mick Taylor (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keys) and Willie Mitchell. All in all, without his eternal other half, Keith Richards copes fairly well. Hence his return one year later with the album Steel Wheels … © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 3, 1988 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

It wasn’t until 1988 that Keith Richards, at the age of 45, finally launched his solo career. Mick Jagger had recently preceded him with the albums She’s the Boss in 1985 and Primitive Cool in 1987, both of which were met with some commercial success, but are now somewhat forgotten from the history of rock’n’roll. With a smaller public reception, Talk is Cheap is evidently more rock oriented than Jagger’s albums. The master of riffs brings his influential know-how to a collection of relaxed tracks. He is supported by Steve Jordan’s solid drum rhythms and Charley Drayton’s bass. Somewhere between classic Stones rock, vintage honky-tonk, and hints of New-Orleans delta blues, Richards displays himself as more a crafter of melodies than a conventional songwriter. This solo debut resembles, above anything, an enormous, joyous jam session between friends. Such friends include: Ivan Neville (piano), Bobby Keys (sax), Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Bootsy Collins (bass), Chuck Leavell (keys), Maceo Parker (saxo), Mick Taylor (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keys) and Willie Mitchell. All in all, without his eternal other half, Keith Richards copes fairly well. Hence his return one year later with the album Steel Wheels … © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Rock - Released October 1, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released October 3, 1988 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released November 9, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released October 16, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released October 19, 1992 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Richards' second solo album is even more delightfully focused than his first. Highlights include "Wicked as It Seems," "Eileen," and the searing "999." New Rolling Stones albums should rock this hard. © Cub Koda /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 23, 2020 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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