* 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). Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who left in 1975.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. 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 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 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. In 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 their 50th anniversary.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Long Black Veil The Chieftains 3
1997 Deuces Wild B.B. King 3
2001 Rock Ballads Forever Various Artists 1
2002 BCN's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
2009 Rhythms del Mundo: Classics Rhythms del Mundo 1
2013 Chimera II Chris Pureka 1
Easy Rock Instrumental Solos - Alto Saxophone Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Now That’s What I Call Music II (UK) Various Artists 2.5 3
1988 Classic Rock 1966-1988 Various Artists 2
1989 After the Hurricane - Songs for Montserrat Various Artists 2
1990 Knuffelrock 2 Various Artists 2
1990 Kuschelrock 4 Various Artists 5
1992 All the Best Of, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 100% Hits, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
1994 Bravo Hits: Best of 94 Various Artists 1 1
1994 Now That’s What I Call Music! 29 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1994 Absolute Music 7 Various Artists 1
1994 Let There Be Drums! Volume 3: The '70s Various Artists 1
1994 Mega Top 50 1994 Various Artists 1
1995 Now That's What I Call Music! 18 of the Best Various Artists 1
1997 Bravo Hits 19 Various Artists 1
1997 Best of '97 Various Artists 1
1997 Absolute Music 26 Various Artists 3 1
1997 Absolute Music 16 Various Artists 1
1997 Absolute Music 21 Various Artists 1
1997 Hittibuumi 11 Various Artists 1
1998 Grammy Nominees 1998 Various Artists 1
1998 Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
2000 Music of the Millennium 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Music of the Millennium Various Artists 1
2001 Music of the Millennium Various Artists 1
2001 Music of the Millennium 2 Various Artists 2
2001 Music of the Millennium II Various Artists 2
2002 The Wide World Over The Chieftains 2
2003 Guitar Moods Various Artists 1
2003 Hang All DJ's, Volume 2 2 Many DJ’s 1
2004 James Hyman Mix, Volume 2 James Hyman 1
2004 Pure Power Ballads Various Artists 1
2005 The Best Album Tracks... Ever! Various Artists 1
2005 James Hyman's Summer CD James Hyman 1
2005 The Very Best of Power Ballads: The Greatest Driving Anthems ...Ever! Various Artists 1
2005 Absolute Music 50 Various Artists 3 1
2005 Now 13 Various Artists 1
2006 Grammy Nominees 2006 Various Artists 1
2006 Beats, Remixes, and a Side of Mash Ups AmpLive 1
2006 Rolling Stone Cover Album Various Artists 1
2006 Ronnie Wood Anthology: The Essential Crossexion Ron Wood 1
2006 The Essential Chieftains The Chieftains 4
2006 The No.1 DJ Collection: 60's, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2006 The No.1 DJ Collection: 60's, Volume 7 Various Artists 1

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