Keith Richards releases a limited edition super-deluxe boxset of his acclaimed, second solo album Main Offender, on March 18th via BMG, featuring a host of previously unreleased gems from the ‘Winos Live In London ‘92’ performance recorded at the Town & Country Club, Kentish Town.
This collection also includes an 88-page book with never-before-seen photos, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, reprinted essays from the album’s release, and more, plus an archival envelope containing exact replicas of promotional and tour materials from Keith’s archive.
Main Offender is the latest treasure trove of Keith Richards material to be released and follows last year’s Live At The Hollywood Palladium and the 2019 unveiling of his now legendary, first solo album Talk Is Cheap.
The album was originally released in October 1992, four years after Talk Is Cheap and features the much-loved X-Pensive Winos: drummer and long-time collaborator Steve Jordan (who recently drummed with the Rolling Stones on their 2021 No Filter Tour of the US), guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Charley Drayton, keyboard player Ivan Neville, singer Sarah Dash and backing vocalist’s Bernard Fowler and Babi Floyd.
The captivating 10-tracks on Main Offender include the electric singles ‘Wicked As It Seems’, ‘Eileen’ and ‘Hate It When You Leave’. The album was produced by Keith Richards, Waddy Wachtel and Steve Jordan. The bonus live album was mixed and produced by Jordan as well.
“This is the second time around & the Winos are kind of developing—and if I can keep those guys together for as long as I can, it’s one of the best bands in the world. It’s a very intriguing band and the potential is only just starting to show itself.
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.”
The new, super-deluxe Main Offender boxset includes an exclusive collector’s case, housing a removable, hand-numbered print of the original, uncropped album cover portrait. Inside is a unique Art-Book with the album pressed on Smoke-Coloured vinyl.
The Main Offender LP & CD are newly remastered under the supervision of original producer & X-Pensive Wino, Steve Jordan. The exclusive Winos Live in London ’92 album puts you right in the pit at the show with previously unreleased versions of “Eileen”, “Hate It When you Leave”, “Happy”, and more.
- 180g Smoke Colored LP & CD of the fully remastered Main Offender album
- Previously unreleased Winos Live In London ‘92 on 180g double LP & CD
- All audio remastering overseen by original producer and X-Pensive Wino Steve Jordan
- 88-page, leather-bound book with never-before-seen photos and Keith’s handwritten lyrics
- Main Offender tour guitar pick, bumper sticker, promotional posters, & more!
Also available in 2CD Mediabook, Limited 1LP Red 180g Vinyl, 1LP Black 180g Vinyl, 1CD Digipak and digital formats.
Available to Pre-Order here: https://keithrichardsBMG.lnk.to/mo30PR
‘Main Offender’ Tracklisting
2. Wicked As It Seems
4. Words Of Wonder
5. Yap Yap
7. Hate It When You Leave
8. Runnin’ Too Deep
9. Will But You Won’t
‘Winos Live In London ‘92’ Tracklisting
1. Take It So Hard
3. Wicked As It Seems
4. How I Wish
5. Gimme Shelter
6. Hate It When You Leave
7. Before They Make Me Run
9. Will But You Won’t
12. Whip It Up