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  • December 18, 2007
    Keith Richards is giving fans an early Christmas Present

    Keith is giving fans an early Christmas present by making two of his classic solo tracks available for the price of one exclusively on iTunes. First, we see the long-awaited re-release of Keith Richards' first ever solo recording, a barnstorming version of the Chuck Berry classic "Run Rudolph Run." The track was recorded in 1976 at Island Studios, London while Keith was mixing what would later become Love You Live. It came out as a limited 7-inch in late '78/early '79 and has been impossible to find ever since.


    Equally collectable is the previously unreleased cover version of the Toots and the Maytals' "Pressure Drop," which he recorded in May 2003 at Dangerous Music in New York City. Keith was recording "Careless Ethiopians" with Toots and the Maytals for Toots' True Love album, released in April 2004. This crackerjack version of "Pressure Drop" was recorded at the same time.


    Get both of these classic Keith Richards solo tracks exclusively on iTunes.


    For those who would rather swab the decks than deck the halls, the Extras section of the newly released two-disc-collector's edition of Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End includes a hilarious interview between Keith and Jonny Depp shot on set during Keith's cameo performance as Captain Teague, the keeper of the pirate code. Get it today and watch with the whole family come Christmas.


    There's also a limited edition Captain Teague 18" action figure, available in the U.S. only. The detailed figure of Keith as Jack Sparrow's father comes complete with 2 pistols, a sword, hat and matching base. And it has motion activated sound. That's right, Keith speaks. That's available here.


    For those of you that need all the details, take a look below at James Karnbach's (author of It's Only Rock-N-Roll: The Ultimate Guide to the Rolling Stones) inside information on "Run Rudolph Run."


    "Run Rudolph Run" [M. Brodie, J. Marks]


    In December 1978 Keith Richards had released his very first solo record on Rolling Stones records The Harder They Come b/w "Run Rudolph Run" [RSR102] in the U.S. The record would later be released in the U.K. in February 1979. "Run Rudolph Run" was first made popular by Chuck Berry in 1958. Since then it has been recorded over a dozen times by artist such as Sheryl Crow, Dave Edmunds, Grateful Dead & the Beach Boys.


    Back Story


    In late 1976, while in London, Keith one night decided to go down to Island Studios. It being Christmas time, Keith decided to get into the holiday spirit by doing a version of one of his idols songs, Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run". He put a call into Ian Stewart to set up studio time, and he, Stu and whoever else was available headed down to Island for a jam session. It had been a slow time in Rolling Stones recording and the only other thing Keith was active with at this time was working with John Phillips on his album.


    The track then stayed idle for two years when in December 1978 Keith decided to give Rolling Stones fans a Christmas gift with the release of "Run Rudolph Run" b/w The Harder They Come. The results were very positive among the Stones fan base, with Keith giving his fans a sample of his two loves: Reggae music & Chuck Berry.


    Playing the Song Live

    In 1988, Keith's fans got treated to a live version of "Run Rudolph Run" when he added an extra show to his Talk is Cheap Tour at the Brendan Byrne Arena on the 17th of December. The song was done as a Christmas treat for all the fans that came to the show. Johnnie Johnson was a special guest on piano for the song, which was part of the encore. Then almost 10 years to the date of the Brendan Byrne show, Keith was a special guest for Ronnie Spector’s Christmas show held at NYC Life Café. Again Keith was in the Christmas spirit and decided to perform "Run Rudolph Run". He had to get a copy of his record so the Ronnie Spector group and guests could familiarize themselves with Keith’s version of the song and lyrics. Luckily a copy was found and Keith and the band got to rehearse it at the sound check earlier that day. The show that night went off without a hitch and when Keith came on there was a near crush in the front of the stage. The crowd really went wild as Keith blasted into "Run Rudolph Run", which was only the second time he performed the song to a live audience. Feeling the energy, he stayed on to do one more song for the encore: "Be My Baby".

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Keith is giving fans an early Christmas present by making two of his classic solo tracks available for the price of one exclusively on iTunes. First, we see the long-awaited re-release of Keith Richards' first ever solo recording, a barnstorming version of the Chuck Berry classic "Run Rudolph Run." The track was recorded in 1976 at Island Studios, London while Keith was mixing what would later become Love You Live. It came out as a limited 7-inch in late '78/early '79 and has been impossible to find ever since.


Equally collectable is the previously unreleased cover version of the Toots and the Maytals' "Pressure Drop," which he recorded in May 2003 at Dangerous Music in New York City. Keith was recording "Careless Ethiopians" with Toots and the Maytals for Toots' True Love album, released in April 2004. This crackerjack version of "Pressure Drop" was recorded at the same time.


Get both of these classic Keith Richards solo tracks exclusively on iTunes.


For those who would rather swab the decks than deck the halls, the Extras section of the newly released two-disc-collector's edition of Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End includes a hilarious interview between Keith and Jonny Depp shot on set during Keith's cameo performance as Captain Teague, the keeper of the pirate code. Get it today and watch with the whole family come Christmas.


There's also a limited edition Captain Teague 18" action figure, available in the U.S. only. The detailed figure of Keith as Jack Sparrow's father comes complete with 2 pistols, a sword, hat and matching base. And it has motion activated sound. That's right, Keith speaks. That's available here.


For those of you that need all the details, take a look below at James Karnbach's (author of It's Only Rock-N-Roll: The Ultimate Guide to the Rolling Stones) inside information on "Run Rudolph Run."


"Run Rudolph Run" [M. Brodie, J. Marks]


In December 1978 Keith Richards had released his very first solo record on Rolling Stones records The Harder They Come b/w "Run Rudolph Run" [RSR102] in the U.S. The record would later be released in the U.K. in February 1979. "Run Rudolph Run" was first made popular by Chuck Berry in 1958. Since then it has been recorded over a dozen times by artist such as Sheryl Crow, Dave Edmunds, Grateful Dead & the Beach Boys.


Back Story


In late 1976, while in London, Keith one night decided to go down to Island Studios. It being Christmas time, Keith decided to get into the holiday spirit by doing a version of one of his idols songs, Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run". He put a call into Ian Stewart to set up studio time, and he, Stu and whoever else was available headed down to Island for a jam session. It had been a slow time in Rolling Stones recording and the only other thing Keith was active with at this time was working with John Phillips on his album.


The track then stayed idle for two years when in December 1978 Keith decided to give Rolling Stones fans a Christmas gift with the release of "Run Rudolph Run" b/w The Harder They Come. The results were very positive among the Stones fan base, with Keith giving his fans a sample of his two loves: Reggae music & Chuck Berry.


Playing the Song Live

In 1988, Keith's fans got treated to a live version of "Run Rudolph Run" when he added an extra show to his Talk is Cheap Tour at the Brendan Byrne Arena on the 17th of December. The song was done as a Christmas treat for all the fans that came to the show. Johnnie Johnson was a special guest on piano for the song, which was part of the encore. Then almost 10 years to the date of the Brendan Byrne show, Keith was a special guest for Ronnie Spector’s Christmas show held at NYC Life Café. Again Keith was in the Christmas spirit and decided to perform "Run Rudolph Run". He had to get a copy of his record so the Ronnie Spector group and guests could familiarize themselves with Keith’s version of the song and lyrics. Luckily a copy was found and Keith and the band got to rehearse it at the sound check earlier that day. The show that night went off without a hitch and when Keith came on there was a near crush in the front of the stage. The crowd really went wild as Keith blasted into "Run Rudolph Run", which was only the second time he performed the song to a live audience. Feeling the energy, he stayed on to do one more song for the encore: "Be My Baby".

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