The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones came full circle in 2016, returning to their blues roots with the newly recorded covers collection Blue & Lonesome, in the process producing the bandâ€™s best album in decades. Supplying the perfect prequel, the thrilling two-disc On Air revisits their early days, compiling 32 scruffy live performances from the BBC archives circa â€™63-â€˜65. Apart from a few originals that show Mick and Keith honing their songwriting chops, including â€œ(I Canâ€™t Get No) Satisfaction,â€ this rowdy set captures a crew of eager young’uns saluting the African-American artists who first inspired them, delivering lively takes on songs by Chuck Berry (â€œRoll Over Beethovenâ€), Bo Diddley (â€œMonaâ€), Muddy Waters (â€œI Canâ€™t Be Satisfiedâ€) and Barbara Lynn (â€œOh! Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goinâ€™)â€), among many others. While none of these versions outstrip the originals, the ladsâ€™ heartfelt enthusiasm is irresistible.