Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones Complete
Recording Sessions 1962 - 2022


Rolling Stones



John Covach, Professor of Music and Director, University of Rochester comments on books used on the course The Music Of The Rolling Stones 1962-1974.

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Comments on IORR website.

An invaluable resource for any fan, from the casual to the die-hard, this title sits alongside Ian MacDonald's 'Revolution In The Head' in the category of serious and detailed studio analysis.


Elliott painstakingly chronicles the Stones' story, his narrative lacing dates and places of recording, tracing the evolution of each song in micro-detail, including live performances and bootlegs. It's invaluable as a comparison to the scantily annotated Grrr!

Kris Needs, Classic Rock - March 2013

One can only applaud the exhaustive research which went into this annotated, chronological list (1546 entries) of every sound recording made by the Stones, including live releases, bootlegs and the stuff of rumour.

Jim Irvin, Mojo - February 2013

If you're looking for a book about Mick Jagger's sexual exploits or Keith Richards' drugged-out debauchery, then there are plenty of other books for that, although some of this book's stories about the songs mention the decadent behavior that inspired the songs. But if you want a comprehensive book about the Rolling Stones' recording history, then this is the gold standard.

Carla Hay, The Examiner - February 2013

It is a bit daunting, it is 600 pages and it is a goldmine. If you are a Rolling Stones fan then you have got to have this book but you have to be a pretty full on Stones fan because every record, everything they have recorded is in here. And that includes live versions that have appeared on disc... I wonder how many people would ever read this from cover to cover and the answer is you wouldn't. It is a reference book and it is an excellent reference book...

Colin Hall, BBC Radio Merseyside - December 2012

If you're a Stones nut, you'll be pleased to have what's tantamount to a session catalog back on your shelf, and maybe - just maybe - there will be less need this time to try and spread the word about a book that is so laden with information that there are times you wonder, in reading it, if it's going to wear out your back trying to lift it up again.

Martin Elliot must have invested an age in researching everything here, and the natural risk in the endeavor is that scholars and historians will find much to drink in, while the more casual reader - even one with a complete set of Stones CDs - will be lost amongst the minutiae. But fear not, music aficionados, for we have a surplus of narrative on hand, and a story emerges - one that's impressively novelistic - as you make your way from session to session, across the years, across the decades, and across one of of the more remarkable careers in the history of popular culture.

Colin Fleming, The Boston Globe Correspondent - November 2012

Again the third issue of this book (after 1990 and 2002) will have notorious nitpickers go ahead to satisfy their nitpicking urge. Serious fans and readers, however, do know, what immense work such a compendium requires, what mantraps wait at nearly every passage. Elliott's documentation - maybe containing a few minor mistakes - receives the "Bible" stamp.

Bernd Matheja, German (translated) Good Times - October 2012

Sporting a foreword from Chris Kimsey - variously tape operator, recording engineer and co-producer during his 25-year association with the Stones - The Complete Recording Sessions is way more than a standard discography; it's a comprehensive directory of all Stones recordings released on a range of formats from movies to bootlegs to downloads. As such, Martin Elliott's encyclopaedic undertaking will be an essential addition to the reference libraries of all Stones collectors and completists.

Grahame Bent, Shindig! Magazine - September 2012

Hello Martin. Thanks so much for the book. I just love going through it.

Ed Cherney, Producer & Engineer - September 2012

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 Kimsey, Producer & Engineer - April 2012

[Commenting on 1990 book] Though it isn't nearly as in-depth or as revelatory as the Lewisohn book [The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions]. Elliott's tome still is valuable for putting the Stones' recording sessions in chronological context. And if there isn't as much detail about what happened at those sessions, well, remember that the Stones were hardly as methodical in, or as enamored of, the recording studio as were the Beatles.

Jim DeRogatis, The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones - October 2010

“Oh no – not another book on the Stones’ recording sessions.” I hear you cry. Well, yes, this is another assessment of the group’s work in the studio, but you can save your exasperated cries, because this is a worthwhile addition to your already bulging Stones bookshelf....

… this book serves as one of the genuinely essential sources of information for the group’s legendary recordings, and it’s damn good value to boot.”

Keith Badman, Record Collector, April 2003

"Superbly researched mine of information"

With all the tabloid-style rubbish thats written on the Stones, from a fan's point of view , its refreshing to read a book that concentrates solely on the music.

Elliott's work is a real labour of love and two of the most refreshing things that can be said about it is that it not only takes you back to the music that you already know but it also encourages you to seek out the music that you're not familiar with already. Not only does it list recording information for every commercially released studio and live Rolling Stones recording which has appeared on record, video or DVD but it also provides a fascinating glimpse into 4 four decades of recording by looking at the numerous unreleased recordings which have (or in some cases which haven't!) surfaced on bootlegs. However,it's not simply a trainspotter's guide to the band's work as the text that accompanies the data puts the music in it's historical and biographical context.

This work is twice the size of Elliott's original book on the band's recording sessions and shows a vast improvement on the original in terms of the quality and accuracy of the research done. The Stones have never made available a day by day account of their studio work so dating some of it in exact detail is an elusive task and means that any account of the Stones session work can't be described as "definitive". However, with exhaustive research and by drawing on the work of other Stones historians and experts, Elliott has produced a tome is as excellent as it could possibly be from the information available.

Gary Galbraith on

"I’d recommend Martin Elliott’s The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions the standard reference work on every official and bootleg recording, issued and otherwise, on which the Stones together so much as breathed…”

Alan Clayson (author) within his 2004 book 'Charlie Watts'

"Elliott's book is a standard reference work for Stones afficionados. For anyone planning to write a major Stones study, this will be an invaluable primer."

Uncut Magazine

Chris Kimsey taking refreshments at the Olympic Studios canteen April 2012
Chris Kimsey taking refreshments at the
Olympic Studios canteen (April, 2012)!
Courtesy of Chris Kimsey

Photos above and below courtesy of Doug Potash

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