The Rolling Stones today announce the October release of a 40th anniversary, expanded deluxe edition of their chart-topping, multi-platinum album of 1981, Tattoo You.
The newly-remastered and expanded Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition) will be available via Universal Music on October 22, and will feature no fewer than nine previously unreleased tracks from the era. The first of these is the rocking “Living In The Heart Of Love,” capturing the quintessential Stones rock sound of the time with urgent guitar and piano features. It’s available now on all digital services.
News of the deluxe Tattoo You arrives 40 years to the week since the album’s first release on August 24, 1981. Produced by the Glimmer Twins with associate producer Chris Kimsey, it went to No.1 and quadruple platinum status in the US, also topping the charts in Canada, Australia, and across much of Europe, winning gold and platinum certifications around the world.
The original 11-track album included such enduring Stones tracks as the rock favorite “Hang Fire,” the atmospheric “Waiting On A Friend,” which featured a memorable appearance by saxophone giant Sonny Rollins, and of course the immortal opening track “Start Me Up.”
The deluxe formats of Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition) will also include Lost & Found: Rarities and Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982. The Lost & Found disc features nine unreleased tracks from the Tattoo You era, newly completed and enhanced with additional vocals and guitar by the band.
As well as “Living In The Heart Of Love,” they include a great version of their blues hero Jimmy Reed’s 1963 staple “Shame, Shame, Shame,” a cover of Dobie Gray’s 1973 soul standard and Top 5 US pop hit “Drift Away,” and a different version of “Start Me Up” with a reggae vibe.
Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982 captures the Stones’ London show in June of that year on the Tattoo You tour. The 26-track set features an opening “Under My Thumb” and many of their greatest hits including “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Miss You,” and “Brown Sugar.” The set included cover of the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination,” Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock,” the Miracles’ “Going To A Go Go,” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”; and live versions of then-new Tattoo You tracks such as “Start Me Up,” “Neighbours,” “Little T&A,” and “Hang Fire.”
The Rolling Stones are preparing to resume their No Filter tour in the US, with dates beginning on September 26 in St. Louis and running into November.
Pre-order Tattoo You (40th Anniversary Edition), which is released on October 22.