Released today (March 29th) is the six-disc 30th anniversary super deluxe edition of Keith Richards' solo debut, Talk Is Cheap. Richards' co-producer, drummer, and songwriter collaborator Steve Jordan remastered the 1988 set, which includes six unreleased bonus tracks featuring Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, bassist Bootsy Collins, and legendary Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. The super deluxe edition features the unreleased songs on CD and vinyl, also with vinyl singles of "Take It So Hard"/"I Could Have Stood You Up" and "No Mistake"/"It Means A Lot."

SuperDeluxeEdition.com posted: "In addition to that audio, 80-page hardcover book with an Anthony DeCurtis essay featuring a new Keith interview, as well as the usual ‘rare and unseen’ photos from personal archives. This set also throws in 'stuff' like tour laminates, lyric sheets, a reproduction Talk Is Cheap playback invite, guitar pick and two posters. A two-CD deluxe is also available with album and bonus tracks, and a standard remastered vinyl edition is also available. An 'indies-only' red vinyl exclusive edition is also being marketed." The box set runs about $175.

Keith Richards chatted with The Sydney Morning Herald and was asked about the particularly toxic vibes between him and Mick Jagger in the mid-1980's that led to the recording of Talk Is Cheap. Richards responded by saying, "You mean how many difficult times? We’re brothers, y'know? We fight and that’s when people hear about our relationship. The other 99 per cent nobody’s interested in, because we get along fine. But when Mick and I do have a disagreement, we really have one (laughs)."

Richards touched upon stumbling upon the musicians on Talk Is Cheap that made up the X-Pensive Winos: "For me, it was a real Deja vu thing. It was like working with the Stones early on. But at the same time, there was that amazing sensation that something was happening. It was a little bit of a miracle, to put together a second great band."

Last November, Keith Richards signed a new worldwide deal to switch his solo recordings catalogue to BMG. The new agreement now brings together Richards' 1978 debut solo single and four solo albums from 1988 to 2010, alongside his publishing that BMG has represented since 2013.

According to the press release announcing the deal, "Upcoming physical reissues will include deluxe and expanded CD's and LP's, extensive box sets, and additional special projects to be announced soon, including the first ever digital release of Live At The Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988."

Mick Jagger believes that Keith Richards ultimately following his lead by starting his own solo career in the late-1980's, made him a better musician and record producer: "I think the experience with making his own records has made him more disciplined than he would've like to be. (Laughs) He's forced to be!"

Guitar aficionados have always asked Keith Richards about the various tunings and tricks he's used on his Rolling Stones classics. He told us, it's really the last thing anyone should be worrying about: "Guitars and tunings, hey, that’s for us to know and other people to wonder about. What does it matter whether you’ve got five or six strings? It’s. . . are you getting out of that thing what you’re hearing in your head? And is it coming out the right way? The rest of it’s. . . a dark secret (laughter)."

AUDIO: KEITH RICHARDS ON GUITAR TUNINGS
AUDIO: MICK JAGGER ON KEITH RICHARDS GOING SOLO