* 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 stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (rhythm guitar, harmonica), Mick Jagger (lead vocals), Keith Richards (lead guitar, backing vocals), Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and has been on guitar in tandem with Richards ever since. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones joined as their touring bassist. Other touring keyboardists for the band have been Nicky Hopkins (1967–82), Ian McLagan (1978–1981), Billy Preston (through the mid-1970s) and Chuck Leavell (1982-present). The band was first led by Jones, but after teaming as the band's songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed leadership while Jones dealt with legal and personal troubles.

The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964, and identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the group began a short period of musical experimentation in the mid-1960s that peaked with the psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967). Subsequently, 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 is seen as their "Golden Age". During this period, they were first introduced on stage as "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". 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 in the 1970s and sold many albums, including Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981), which were their most popular albums worldwide. From 1983 to 1987, tensions between Jagger and Richards almost caused the band to split. However, they managed to patch up their friendship in 1987. They separated temporarily to work on solo projects and experienced a comeback with Steel Wheels (1989), which was followed by a large stadium and arena tour. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been less well-received and less frequent. Despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time: Voodoo Lounge Tour (1994–95), Bridges to Babylon Tour (1997–98), 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 30 studio albums, 18 live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive No. 1 studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive No. 1 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
1995 Acetates 1
1995 The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1962-1975 2
1997 Get a Line on You 2
1998 Greatest Hits 1
1998 Stereo Rarities, Volume 1: Early Outtakes & Demos 1963–1967 1
1998 Stereo Rarities, Volume 2: Outtakes & Demos 1967–1970 1
1998 Stereo Rarities, Volume 3: Stereo Mixes and Alternate Versions 1962–1971 1
1998 Stereo Rarities, Volume 4 1
1998 Stripped Companion 1
1999 Hillside Blues 1
1999 R.S.V.P. 2
2000 Black Box 1
2000 Classic Hits 1
2000 The Best 2000 2
2000 The Very Best 1
2001 The Rolling Stones 1
2002 Palais Royale 1
2002 Forty Licks 2 6
2002 Wiltern Licks 1
2002 Ten Licks From Forty Licks 1
2003 Girls, Pills & Powders 1
2003 Greatest Hits 1
2003 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 7 1
2003 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 8 1
2003 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 9 1
2003 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 10 1
2004 Singles 1963–1965 2
2004 Singles 1965–1967 1
2005 Singles 1968-1971 1
2005 Rarities 1971–2003 3
2006 A Bigger Bang European Tour Sampler 1
2006 It’s Only Goats Head Soup… But We Like It (Shark’s Fin) 1
2008 Greatest Hits, Part 1 1
2008 Greatest Hits, Part 2 1
2010 Genuine Black Box 1961–1974 1
2011 The Singles Collection 1971–2006: 45 x 45s 2
2011 Some Girls: The Outtakes 1
2011 The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1964-1971 1
2012 The Rolling Stones Greatest Hits 1
2012 GRRR! 4.5 10
2013 The Rolling Stones Live: The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative Pack 1
2016 The Rolling Stones in Mono 5
2016 Another Time, Another Place 1
2017 Lost Rocks & Naughty Bits 1
2017 Stereo Satisfaction 1
20 Golden Hits 1
Acoustic Motherfuckers 1
Aftermath (UK) Single's 1
Beat Beat Beat 1
Beggar's Breakfast 1
Best II 1
Best Of 1
Best Selection 1
Bright Lights, Big City 1
Classics Collection 1
Cocksucker Blues 1
Collection, Volume 1 1
Come On 1
Deep Mixed in Babylon 1
Get Off of My Cloud 1
Great Hits 1
I Just Wanna Make Love to You 1
Limited Edition, Volume 3 1
Main Street Revisited 1
Mickboy Remasters: Dancing So Free (Goats Head Soup Album) 1
No Stone Unturned 1
Out of Our Heads (UK) Singles 1
Paint It Black 1
Place Pigalle 1
Rolling Stones 1
Satisfaction 1
Satisfaction 1
Singles Collection 1
Some Trax I: Some Girls Studio Sessions & Outtakes 1
Super Selection 1
Super Selection III 1
Sympathy for the Devil: Beggars Banquet Outtakes 1
Taxile on Main Street 1
The Best of the Rolling Stones (1962-1965) 1
The Compass Point Works, Part 1 1
The Compass Point Works, Part 2 1
The Early Years, Volume 1 1
The EP Remix Collection 1
The London Years 1
The Rolling Stones 1
The Rolling Stones 1
The Rolling Stones Single's 1
The Very Best Of, Volume 2 1
Thee Satanic Sessions: Olympic Years 1967-70 1
Ultimate Ballads 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 2 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 3 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 4 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 5 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 6 1
Unplugged 1
Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 1: 1963-1964 1
Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 2: 1965-1967 1
Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 3: 1968-1969 1
Unsurpassed Masters, Volume 4: 1970-1971 1

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