Keith Richards inks worldwide deal with BMG

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Rolling Stones’ guitarist and solo artist Keith Richards (second from left) has signed a worldwide deal to bring his solo recordings catalogue to BMG.

The agreement includes 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 12-inch single on red vinyl, remixed and remastered by long-time collaborator Steve Jordan.

The release follows BMG’s recent digital reissue 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 CDs and LPs and extensive boxsets, alongside the first digital release of Live at the Hollywood Palladium 1998.

Richards said: ‘Looking forward to working with (BMG chief executive) Hartwig Masuch and everyone at BMG.’

Peter Stack, BMG executive vice president of global catalogue recordings said: ‘This agreement paves the way for a reappraisal and repositioning of the solo work of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s true originals and arguably its most pre-eminent guitarist. Fans can expect a programme of releases which truly does justice to these great recordings.’

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