Keith Richards has just 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.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Richards’ debut solo release, a 1978 recording of the Christmas classic “Run Rudolph Run,” BMG will release a limited edition 45 r.p.m. 12-inch on red vinyl, remixed and remastered by longtime collaborator Steve Jordan. The November 23rd North American Record Store Day exclusive includes a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” a version of “Pressure Drop” featuring Toots & The Maytals, and a “Santa Keith” holiday card featuring a greeting from Richards himself.
According to the press release announcing the deal, “The Record Store Day exclusive follows BMG’s recent digital re-release of Richards’ solo albums Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, and the studio/live compilation Vintage Vinos on all streaming platforms. 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!”