Black and Blue (1976)
||23 April 1976
||7-15 December 1974; 22 January - 9 February, 25 March - 4 April 1975, 19-31 October, and 3-16 December 1975; and 18 January - February 1976
||Rock, Funk, Reggae, Jazz
||The Glimmer Twins
"Very good album with the Stones expressing their talent in all kinds of musical genres. Jagger's duet with Billy Preston on 'Melody' is fantastic."
History and recording
The Stones returned to Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany to begin recording this album, to be released in time for the 1975 Tour of the Americas. However, time got the better of them since they had the process of auditioning new guitarists to deal with. The rest of the recording was delayed until after the tour - first of all the Stones went to Montreux, Switzerland, then back to Munich, until the album was finally finished in New York City in February 1976.
Release and aftermath
The album was very well received by critics since it covered such a range of genres. It was also popular with the general public, sailing near the top of both UK and US charts.
In 1976 the album reached #2 in the UK album charts and #1 in the Billboard 200 chart.
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - Lead vocalist, backing vocals, percussion, rhythm guitar and electric and acoustic piano
Keith Richards - guitar, backing and lead vocals, electric piano, bass guitar
Charlie Watts - drums and percussion
Bill Wyman - bass guitar and percussion
Ronnie Wood - guitar, backing vocals
Billy Preston - backing vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, string synthesizer
Nicky Hopkins - piano, organ, ARP String Ensemble on "Fool to Cry"
Harvey Mandel - electric guitar
Wayne Perkins - acoustic and electric guitar
Ian Stewart - percussion
Ollie Brown - percussion
Arif Mardin - horn arrangement on "Melody"