Keith Richards: I saw Brian Jones' ghost while making new album

Rock icon Keith Richards has claimed he saw the ghost of Brian Jones while recording the Rolling Stones' new album

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Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Keith Richards saw the ghost of Brian Jones when recording the Rolling Stones' new album.

The group have recorded covers of their favourite blues tracks for new LP 'Blue & Lonesome' and the studio sessions brought back strong memories of their late bandmate - who drowned in his swimming pool a month after he quit in 1969 - because they used to play the songs with him.

Keith told Uncut magazine: "The last time I ever played 'Little Rain' was with Brian Jones. Now, I'm playing 'Little Rain' in the studio and suddenly Brian is looming in front of me..."

Sir Mick Jagger added: "Exactly! You can feel them around you.

"Keith probably thought, 'I'd better get this right.'

"I just wanted to get the harmonica solo right, I must have learned that from Brian."

While former member Mick Taylor - who made a number of appearances on the group's 50th anniversary tour - is a respected blues guitarist and many fans hoped he'd appear on the covers record, the group insist he would have "dithered" too much and hampered the recording process.

Ronnie said: "He would have analysed it too much I think.

"He would have dithered around too much. What he does best is play. Talk about it? No."

But one special guest who does make an appearance is Eric Clapton, who was recording in the studio next door and agreed to contribute to the Stones' versions of Little Johnny Taylor's 'Everybody Knows About My Good Thing' and Otis Rush's 'I Can't Quit You Baby'.

Ronnie said: "We maintain that Eric never plays as good as when he plays with us. Something comes out of him. He likes to be a part of a band I think it is."

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1. Peter Antony27 Nov 2016, 10:46am Report

They should have had Mick Taylor on the album and Bill Wyman.

2. Glenn Speake30 Nov 2016, 12:06am Report

I have this on pre-order. 3 days away.

3. M Dunn3 Dec 2016, 6:28pm Report

Bill won't play with them any more. I hope it's better than Richards solo album. Yeah , Mick Taylor better player than Richards or Wood which is why he wasn't invited. Same reason Richards pushed him out in the first place , the way they've treated him since , I'm surprised he'd speak to them. I hope Brian's ghost takes Richards knife and pokes him with it.

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