* Jamming With Edward! is listed under Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts.

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in Dartford, Kent in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass), and Charlie Watts (drums). Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who left in 1975. Since then Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main bassist. Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as occasional pianist until his death in 1985. Other notable keyboardists for the band have included Nicky Hopkins, active from 1967 to 1982; Billy Preston through the mid 1970s (most prominent on Black and Blue); and Chuck Leavell, active since 1982. The band was first led by Jones, but after teaming as the band's songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed de facto leadership.

The Rolling Stones were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band are identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. They were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll, and of changing the international focus of blues culture to the less sophisticated blues typified by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters, writer of "Rollin' Stone", the song after which the band is named. After a short period of musical experimentation that culminated with the poorly received and largely psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), the group returned to their bluesy roots with Beggars' Banquet (1968) which – along with its follow-ups, Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main St. (1972) – is generally considered to be the band's best work, and are considered the Rolling Stones' "Golden Age". Musicologist Robert Palmer attributed the "remarkable endurance" of the Rolling Stones to being "rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music" while "more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone".

The band continued to release commercially successful records through the 1970s and selling many albums with Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981) being their two most sold albums worldwide. In the 1980s, a feud between Jagger and Richards about band's musical direction almost caused the band to split but they managed to patch their relationship and had a big comeback with Steel Wheels (1989) which was followed by a big stadium and arena tour. The band's tradition of supporting albums with big stadium tours continued through the 1990s and 2000s. The band made what were then the four highest-grossing concert tours of all time (Voodoo Lounge Tour (1994–95), Bridges to Babylon Tour (1997–99), Licks Tour (2002–03), and A Bigger Bang Tour (2005–07)).

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list, and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio and Live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US. In 2008 the band ranked 10th on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" chart. In 2012, the band celebrated their 50th anniversary.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1995 The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1962-1975 Compilation 2
1998 Stripped Companion Compilation 1
2000 Classic Hits Compilation 1
2000 The Best 2000 Compilation 2
2001 The Very Best Compilation 1
2002 Forty Licks Compilation 2 6
2004 Singles 1963-1965 Compilation 2
2004 Singles 1965-1967 Compilation 1
2005 Singles 1968-1971 Compilation 1
2005 Rarities 1971-2003 Compilation 2
2011 The Singles Collection 1971-2006: 45 x 45s Compilation 2
2011 The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1964-1971 Compilation 1
2012 GRRR! Compilation 4 8
20 Golden Hits Compilation 1
Aftermath (UK) Single's Compilation 1
Best II Compilation 1
Best Of Compilation 1
Best Selection Compilation 1
Bright Lights, Big City Compilation 1
Classics Collection Compilation 1
Collection, Volume 1 Compilation 1
Come On Compilation 1
December's Children (And Everybody's) Compilation 1
Get Off of My Cloud Compilation 1
I Just Wanna Make Love to You Compilation 1
Limited Edition, Volume 3 Compilation 1
No Stone Unturned Compilation 1
Out of Our Heads (UK) Singles Compilation 1
Paint It Black Compilation 1
Rolling Stones Compilation 1
Satisfaction Compilation 1
Satisfaction Compilation 1
Singles Collection Compilation 1
Super Selection Compilation 1
Super Selection III Compilation 1
The Best of the Rolling Stones Compilation 1
The Best of the Rolling Stones (1962-1965) Compilation 1
The London Years Compilation 1
The Rolling Stones Compilation 1
The Rolling Stones Compilation 1
The Very Best Of, Volume 2 Compilation 1
Ultimate Ballads Compilation 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 3 Compilation 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 4 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1966 Got Live If You Want It! Live 5
1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert Live 5 9
1977 Love You Live Live 4
1982 Still Life Live 5
1991 Flashpoint Live 4 6
1995 Stripped Live 4

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