* 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 London 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). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as occasional pianist until his death in 1985. Jones departed the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1975. Subsequently, Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main bassist. 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. Critic Sean Egan states that within a year of the release of their 1964 debut album, they "were being perceived by the youth of Britain and then the world as representatives of opposition to an old, cruel order — the antidote to a class-bound, authoritarian culture." 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 its 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 the 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. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been both increasingly less well-received and less frequent. Despite this, the Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit with big stadium tours continuing through the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had made what were then four of the top five 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 its 50th anniversary.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Collectibles 1
1993 Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 3 6
1995 The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1962-1975 2
1998 Stripped Companion 1
2000 Classic Hits 1
2000 The Best 2000 2
2001 The Very Best 1
2002 Forty Licks 2 6
2002 Through The Past Darkly vol. 2 1
2004 Singles 1963-1965 2
2004 Singles 1965-1967 1
2005 Singles 1968-1971 1
2005 Rarities 1971-2003 2
2011 The Singles Collection 1971-2006: 45 x 45s 2
2011 The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1964-1971 1
2012 GRRR! 4 8
2013 The Rolling Stones Live: The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative Pack 1
20 Golden Hits 1
Aftermath (UK) Single's 1
Best II 1
Best Of 1
Best Selection 1
Bright Lights, Big City 1
Classics Collection 1
Collection, Volume 1 1
Come On 1
December's Children (And Everybody's) 1
Get Off of My Cloud 1
I Just Wanna Make Love to You 1
Limited Edition, Volume 3 1
No Stone Unturned 1
Out of Our Heads (UK) Singles 1
Paint It Black 1
Rolling Stones 1
Satisfaction 1
Satisfaction 1
Singles Collection 1
Singles Collection: The London Years 1
Super Selection 1
Super Selection III 1
The Best of the Rolling Stones 1
The Best of the Rolling Stones (1962-1965) 1
The London Years 1
The Rolling Stones 1
The Rolling Stones 1
The Very Best Of, Volume 2 1
Ultimate Ballads 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 3 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 4 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 Got Live If You Want It! 6

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