LOS ANGELES—There will be two new Rolling Stones records out soon. The first release, scheduled for December 27th, is titled Hot Rocks and will be a two-record set containing all the single hits from 1964 through 1971, including cuts of "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar." The second album is called Jamming With Edward. It features Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, Ry Cooder, and three of the Stones: Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. The jam came about when Keith Richards had to leave a session early, and Hopkins and Cooder, who happened to be in the studio at the time, sat in. Producer Glyn Johns caught the jam on tape.
Jamming With Edward was recorded in early 1969. A decision was made to release it several months ago, but it was delayed over now familiar problems involving cover art. No one objected to the cartoon by Nicky Hopkins, but a certain anglo-saxonism had to be partially covered with stars.
Three of the Stones, Jagger, Richards, and Mick Taylor, are now in L.A., making "surprise" visits (in the audience) to the Troubadour and elsewhere. They are laying down vocals and mixing still another new album which will probably be a double set to be released in February. Most of the instrumental work on the 20 cuts was done at the Stones' mobile sound studio in the South of France. They are also working on a new single, to be released as soon as it's finished.
All this activity coincides nicely with the Stones' upcoming American tour starting in April. They will play seven key cities, each one of which will have a video hook-up to five or six smaller cities.
This story is from the January 6, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone.