It’s been 30 years since Ernie Ball artist and rock legend Keith Richards made his solo debut with Talk is Cheap. As celebration of its milestone, the album will be reissued as a massive box set, including six unreleased tracks and an 80-page book featuring exclusive interviews with Richards.
The box set will be available on March 29th and will include the album on both CD and vinyl. An even more extravagant “super deluxe” box set will be available in a custom guitar case that replicates Richards’.
Talk is Cheap was originally released in 1989 while The Rolling Stones were on a brief hiatus. Vocalist Mick Jagger began touring as a solo act for his 1987 album Primitive Cool, and in this time Richards decided to take his own chance at forming a solo band.
This album holds up,” Richards said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “I’ve been listening to it and not through the mists of nostalgia either because it doesn’t affect me that way. This is more than the sum of its parts. I really admire it. We were having fun and you can hear it.
The 11-track record features artists including Maceo Parker, Patti Scialfa, Bootsy Collins and former bandmate Mick Taylor. Preorder the reissue here.
Keith Richards’ Gear
Keith Richards relies on the Ernie Ball Regular Slinky and Power Slinky electric guitar strings.
Watch the unreleased lyric video for “My Babe”
Listen to Talk is Cheap
**Feature image courtesy of Rolling Stone