KEITH RICHARDS – ” Main Offender ” 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Posted: March 20, 2022 in MUSIC

“Main Offender“, the second solo album by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, was released in 1992, four years after “Talk Is Cheap“, and features Richards’ band The X-Pensive Winos, comprised of drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Charley Drayton, keyboard player Ivan Neville, singer Sarah Dash and backing vocalists Bernard Fowler and Babi Floyd.

Keith Richards’ second solo album, 1992’s “Main Offender”, recorded with the X-Pensive Winos, has received a variety of 30th Anniversary editions featuring a host of previously unreleased live recordings. The title released in multiple formats on March 18th, 2022, via BMG Records, spanning from a single CD or LP through a Deluxe edition and Super Deluxe edition. The bonus highlight is the “Winos Live in London ‘92” performance recorded at the Town & Country Club, in Kentish Town, featuring such Rolling Stones tracks as “Gimme Shelter” and “Happy.” 

The album was originally released in October 1992 and features the much-loved X-Pensive Winos: Jordan, guitarist Wachtel, bassist Charley Drayton, keyboard player Neville, singer Sarah Dash and backing vocalists Bernard Fowler and Babi Floyd.

Richards says: “This is the second time around and the Winos are kind of developing…If I hadn’t have taken the Winos on the road, this record would probably have been totally different than it is. I tried to avoid making too much sense on this record because to me that ambiguity and mystery, and a little provocation to make you think, is something far more powerful and more important than just wagging your finger and saying, ‘I know what he’s saying — don’t do this, do that.’ If you’re a musician, silence is your canvas, and you never want to fill in the whole thing because then you’ve just covered it all … One of the most interesting parts about music is where you don’t play.”

In 2021, Jordan sat behind the drum kit for the Rolling Stones’ U.S. tour. “Once again, it was Charlie Watts that nominated Steve to take his place because he knew he wasn’t going to be able to make the tour,” Richards said. “He thought that he was going to maybe just replace for a bit, but as it turned out, well … And Steve’s been a great friend of the band since we both got together. And so Mick and I and Steve worked sometimes together in rehearsing places. So he was not like a total stranger, but for me it felt very comfortable to have my old friend solid there on the seat.”

“Steve and I had been working. We just finished Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Chuck Berry movie. And by then, we were hooking, pretty much solid all the time. I said, ‘We should keep this thing going, man. What if I call Waddy Wachtel and Ivan Neville?’ And everything just fell into place. And it’s yeah, a little dream band of mine that. Hey, it’s 30 odd years ago now. But I always remember that period working with the Winos as such. It was like a vacation there. Hard working man, because those cats are very meticulous. Because they knew that it was my first time out as a lead, as a front thing.

The 10-tracks on “Main Offender” include the singles “Wicked As It Seems,” “Eileen” and “Hate It When You Leave.” The album was produced by Richards, Wachtel and Jordan. The bonus live album was mixed and produced by Jordan.

Main Offender” is the latest collection of Richards’ archival material to be released and follows 2021’s “Live at the Hollywood Palladium” and 2019’s expanded edition of his first solo album, “Talk is Cheap”.

Keith Richards ‘Main Offender’ (30th Anniversary Edition) featuring the previously-unreleased Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos “Live In London ’92” concert – available March 18th:

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