I have been having a bit of a Stones-athon the last week or so, influenced in part by the 50th anniversary hype.
Oh the joys of music social networking. One of my Facebook friends connected their Spotify account to Facebook recently. This meant that his Facebook friends could see what songs he was listening to. And the first song to come up on Facebook was Wild Horses, unfortunately not The Rolling Stones version, but the Susan Boyle one, oh dear.
Brown Sugar, I think, has a guitar riff to die for, it is perfect and Keef makes the playing of it effortless. It is a bit of a nasty song though and we can safely say it isn’t about sucrose sugar products. The best track, for me, is Sister Morphine, what a track and Marianne Faithful’s version is also wonderful. In many ways Marianne’s version has more depth, she always sang it like she felt it.
Micro review; Can Susan Boyle become Jagger’s new muse?
War, children, it’s just a shot away
Is this the best Stones album? I would err on the side of saying yes, it probably is. The main reason being it has on it probably one of the greatest, most exciting rock and roll songs of all time, Gimme Shelter. Much ink has been spilled on this particular little ditty, and I think I may have to spill a little more. Although a product of the tensions and unease of the late 60s Gimme Shelter’s apocalyptic vision has as much resonance today as it did in 1969, a song about war, that isn’t anti-war. We could almost call it a pre-war song. Blimey, that was far too serious piece of writing for this blog, I do apologise. I am sitting here tonight listening to this and wondering if people will still treat it with as much reverence in another 40 years.
Warning: Don’t do drugs kids (Keith Richards late 1980s), probably the funniest quote of all time.
Hidden gem: Monkey Man
Micro review: The tenth album, most bands these days don’t even make ten albums.