A Sessionography and History of Studio and Select Live Recordings
from the Famous Chart-Toppers to the Infamous Rarities
The book was first released in 1990 and updated in 2002 and 2012. The 50th Anniversary Edition was published in August 2012 by Cherry Red.
The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions, written and researched by Martin Elliott, is the definitive guide to the Rolling Stones’ recorded works. It provides significant live tour and concert details and sets over fifty years of events in a historical and cultural context.
Chris Kimsey, the renowned studio engineer and commercially the Rolling Stones most successful producer contributed fully and wrote the foreword for the 2012 book. "You have to get to the source to put the story straight and Martin has done this better than anyone. His facts are highly accurate, I even find myself reading the book to remind me of dates and events!"
Chris's involvement with the Rolling Stones was over a 25 year period and for eleven albums: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (1970), Sticky Fingers (1971), Some Girls (1978), Emotional Rescue (1980), Sucking In The Seventies (1981), Tattoo You (1981), Undercover (1983), Rewind (1971-1984), Steel Wheels (1989), Flashpoint (1991) and Stripped (1995) and the Live At The Max IMAX film soundtrack (1991). His role ranged from tape operator, recording engineer, mastering engineer, mixer, associate producer and co-producer.
The book was extensively re-worked for 2012 release which tied in with the 50th anniversary of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world and the commencement of their sixth decade at the forefront of contemporary music. The book lists every session and recording (studio and significant live) – both the official releases and the infamous bootlegs.
Research and interviews have continued since 2012 and the database continues to be updated to include new interviews, live dates and a forthcoming album release due in December 2016. The appendices on this website are updated as events happen.
Research conducted has included interviews with producers and engineers, session musicians, backing singers, Stones experts, archivists and musical technicians including: Madeline Bell, Phill Brown, Stephen Carter, Ed Cherney, Bob Clearmountain, Dr Andrew Demery, Sean Egan, Ronald Elliott, Bibi Farber, Bernard Fowler, Sean Fullan, Gary Galbraith, Tim Gorman, Keith Grant, Johnny Henry, Jim Horn, Chris Kimsey, Kristi Kimsey, Simon Kirke, Mike Krowiak, Phil Lawton, Chuck Leavell, Sherlie Matthews, Ian McLagan, Susan McLean, Alan O'Duffy, John Pasche, Gene Pitney, Adrienne Posta-Davis, Marc Roberty, Jane Rose, Jennifer Ruffy, Barry Sage, Nikki Sudden, Jim Sullivan, Rod Thear, Jon Tiven, Alex Vertikoff, Ann Waters, Ben Waters, Bobby Whitlock, Vicki Wickham, Graham Wiltshire.
Website last update - 5 December 2016 (Appendices)