On December 1, the Rolling Stones--still perhaps the world's greatest rock and roll band--will release Rolling Stones On Air in the Sixties, a selection of live BBC radio recordings from the early 1960’s. The tracks are drawn from several BBC pop programs including the Saturday Club, the Joe Loss Pop Show, Top Gear, and Blues In Rhythm.  Highlights include covers of Chuck Berry's "Come On,", "Roll Over Beethoven," and "Down the Road Apiece,"  Bo Diddley's "Cops and Robbers" and "Mona," and early hits like "Satisfaction" and "The Last Time." Each track has been restored using the new Audio Source Separation system for the best sound quality.  The BBC was known to discard what are now considered priceless live radio performances by The Rolling Stones as well as The Beatles after broadcast though many BBC radio stations throughout the United Kingdom in India, Australia, and elsewhere held on to the transcription discs.

Also check out the Rolling Stones On Air in the Sixties book which follows the band from their first appearance on the BBC program Thank Your Lucky Stars! through their televised free concert in London’s Hyde Park in 1969 shortly after the death of original member Brian Jones and release of Let It Bleed.

Look for a new album 'Stones album in 2018, perhaps utilizing Keith Richards' vintage 1941 Epiphone Zephyr Delux Regent that he picked up from our friends at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville on the Stones' most recent trip to Music City.

For deep catalog Stones and Beatles fans, read our interview with Rolling Stones and Beatles instrument expert Andy Babiuk who recently solved the mystery of Mr. Richards' missing 1962 Epiphone Casino used to power the Stones' first tours of England and the U.S. as well as the band's now-iconic recording of "Satisfaction" in 1965. However, the true fate of the guitar might have to stay in selected circles for the time being.

"It's not a good thing and I can't really talk about it," Babiuk told Epiphone. "It's unfortunate. When I did that book for them, there were a lot of things I found out that were stolen from them. And unfortunately, it was done by people who were supposed to be watching their stuff for them. It's kind of sad state of affairs but it is what it is. And Keith would wish to have it back. We got him another old one just like it because he really wanted his Epiphone back and we can't get the original back. We got him a vintage model. Everything was the same on it and he likes it quite a bit.

The one thing I tried to stay away from is the detective thing where I'm trying to find guitars and point fingers and stuff. That's why I stopped the researching I was doing because it uncovers a whole bowl of cherries that you don't really want to deal with. I notified Keith and Keith's manager about the Casino and I said: 'I have to let you know, this is what happened I'm just telling you because I found out about it... I don't want to get involved. Do what you want with the info.' I try to stay neutral on the matter."