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News: Keith Richards’ Solo Work Goes Digital For The First Time Ever

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In advance of the September 18th release of his new solo record, Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards’ solo studio albums Talk Is Cheap and Main Offender will be released for the first time on all major global digital services on Friday, August 14th. The albums will be reissued by Keith’s Mindless Records and will be available for stream and download.

Keith’s first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, was RIAA-certified Gold upon its initial release in 1988. Produced by Keith and partner-in-crime Steve Jordan, the album gave birth to Keith’s X-Pensive Winos band featuring Waddy Wachtel, Ivan Neville, Charley Drayton, and Sarah Dash. Some of the notable players on the record included Patti Scialfa, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Maceo Parker, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor as well as the legendary Willie Mitchell and the Memphis Horns. Writing in 1988 in Rolling Stone, David Fricke called Talk Is Cheap “deliciously long on grooves” and “a joy to be heard in a pop era where too many records are ten-percent inspiration and ninety-percent remixing.” Talk Is Cheap yielded the hits “Take It So Hard”, “You Don’t Move Me” and “Struggle”.

1992 saw the release of Main Offender, which was produced by Keith, Steve and X-Pensive Wino Waddy Wachtel. Recorded in California’s Bay Area and New York City, Main Offender reunited much of the cast of Talk Is Cheap and produced the hits “Wicked As It Seems” and “Eileen”. Reviewing the record for All Music, Cub Koda described Main Offender as “delightfully focused.”

With the September 18th release of Crosseyed Heart, Keith’s first solo album in 23 years, his entire solo studio discography will be available on major digital music services worldwide.