The Rolling Stones' album Black AND Blue was released in April of 1976. To correct a one-star reviewer, The Backstreet Boys' album was Black & Blue and not Black AND Blue like The Stones had it. The Stones album preceded the Backstreet's album by 24 years. This Rolling Stones album was the first since the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor. Some have called this album the guitar audition album because Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel and Ron Wood all took turns auditioning for the guitarist spot. Lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards wrote all but one track(Cherry Oh Baby) on this album and the album is a classic. Black and Blue was recorded between December of 1974 and December of 1975 in Germany with Mick and Keith producing and Keith Harwood recording and Glyn Johns mixing. Bass player Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts played well on this album as well. Some of the highlights are the funky opener Hot Stuff which featured lead guitarist Harvey Mandel, Hand of Fate with Wayne Perkins doing some great fretwork, the ballad Memory Motel, Ron Wood's slide induced Hey Negrita, the hit ballad Fool to Cry and of course the closing Crazy Mama with a great riff from Mick Jagger whom played rhythm guitars on the track. The album did very well hitting #1 making it the fifth Stones studio effort in a row to top Billboard and was the first Platinum album for the band. Some fans hate this album, but others like me, love it. This album is highly recommended.