With the release of Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards‘ first solo album in more than two decades, due out next month, the musician will be offering up his two previous LPs online for the first time later this week. The 1988 solo record Talk Is Cheap and 1992’s Main Offender will be available to stream and download, via Richards’ own Mindless Records label, on Friday, August 14th.
Richards released Talk Is Cheap at a time when Mick Jagger was promoting his second solo album, 1987’s Primitive Cool. When Rolling Stone asked Richards how it felt to put out his first solo record, in a 1988 interview, the guitarist said he felt ambivalent. “It’s kind of strange, because it was never in the cards for me,” Richards said. “It was not something I wanted to do. Also, in the back of my mind, doing a solo record meant a slight sense of failure. The only reason I would do a solo album was because I couldn’t keep the Stones together.” The group, of course, regrouped the next year and put out 1989’s Steel Wheels.
These days, Richards and Jagger are both happy in the Stones. Earlier this year, the guitarist told Rolling Stone he wanted to see how far the band could go. At the time of the interview, in advance of the band’s recent Zip Code tour, Richards had decided on the release date for Crosseyed Heart and said he was still considering performing live as a solo artist.
Richards made Crosseyed Heart with two musicians he worked with on his past solo releases, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer/co-producer Steve Jordan. The record also features appearances by Norah Jones, Spooner Oldham, Aaron Neville and Larry Campbell, as well as late Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys.
In other Richards news, Netflix will premiere a new documentary about the guitarist, Under the Influence, by filmmaker Morgan Neville, who recently won the “Best Documentary” Oscar for 20 Feet From Stardom. It will explore the music that inspires Richards and how he writes music and will appear on the streaming service on September 18th.