Tag: Rolling Stones

Monday 5/17/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Some Girls (1978 / 2011)

Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on June 9, 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. By 1976, the Rolling Stones’ popularity was in decline as the music industry was dominated by disco and newer rock bands. In addition, the punk rock movement was an emerging cultural force in the UK. The band had also failed to produce a critically acclaimed album since 1972’s Exile on Main St. Mick Jagger is generally regarded as the principal creative force behind Some Girls, with him taking influence by dance music, most notably disco, during the recording of the album.

It was the first album to feature guitarist Ronnie Wood as a full-time member; Wood had contributed to some tracks on the band’s prior two albums, It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (1974) and Black and Blue (1976). With a stable line-up in place for the first time in several years, the album marked a return to basics for the Rolling Stones and did not feature many guest musicians, unlike many of their prior albums. Notable contributions to the album, however, come from blues harmonica player Sugar Blue on “Miss You” and “Some Girls”.

Rebounding from the relative critical disappointment of Black and Blue, Some Girls reached No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. It became the band’s top-selling album in the US, having been certified by the RIAA for selling six million copies sold by 2000. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Rolling Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the Album of the Year category. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form and their best album since Exile on Main St.

Several hit singles emerged from the album which would become rock radio staples for decades, including “Beast of Burden” (US No. 8), “Shattered” (US No. 31), “Respectable” (UK No. 23), highlighted by “Miss You”, which reached No. 1 in the US and No. 3 in the UK. In 2003, Some Girls was included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

  1. “Miss You” 4:48
  2. “When the Whip Comes Down” 4:20
  3. “Just My Imagination” 4:38
  4. “Some Girls” 4:36
  5. “Lies” 3:11
  6. “Far Away Eyes” 4:24
  7. “Respectable” 3:06
  8. “Before They Make Me Run” 3:25
  9. “Beast of Burden” 4:25
  10. “Shattered” 3:48
  11. “Claudine” 3:42
  12. “So Young” 3:18
  13. “Do You Think I Really Care?” 4:22
  14. “When You’re Gone” 3:51
  15. “No Spare Parts” 4:30
  16. “Don’t Be a Stranger” 4:06
  17. “We Had It All” 2:54
  18. “Tallahassee Lassie” 2:37
  19. “I Love You Too Much” 3:10
  20. “Keep Up Blues” 4:20
  21. “You Win Again” 3:00
  22. “Petrol Blues” 1:35

Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all but 8), backing vocals (1–3, 6, 8–10), electric guitar (1–5, 7), piano (6), percussion (10)
Keith Richards – electric guitar (all tracks), backing vocals (1–3, 6, 8–10), acoustic guitar (4, 6, 8, 9), bass guitar (4, 8), piano (6), lead vocals (8)
Ronnie Wood – electric guitar (all but 6), backing vocals (1–3, 6, 8, 10), pedal steel (2, 6, 10), acoustic guitar (4, 9), bass guitar (10), bass drum (10)
Bill Wyman – bass guitar (1–3, 5–7, 9), synthesiser (4)
Charlie Watts – drums (all tracks)
Sugar Blue – harmonica (1, 4)
Ian McLagan – electric piano (1), organ (3)
Mel Collins – saxophone (1)
Simon Kirke – congas (10)

Ian Stewart – bonus tracks: piano on “Claudine”, “So Young”, “Do You Think I Really Care?”, “Tallahassee Lassie”, “You Win Again”, and “Petrol Blues”
Chuck Leavell – bonus tracks: piano solo on “So Young”
Don Was – bonus tracks: bass guitar on “Don’t Be a Stranger”; handclaps on “Tallahassee Lassie”
John Fogerty – bonus tracks: handclaps on “Tallahassee Lassie”
Matt Clifford – bonus tracks: percussion on “Don’t Be a Stranger”
Sugar Blue – bonus tracks: harmonica on “Don’t Be a Stranger” and “We Had It All”

Thursday 4/22/21 4pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z

Thursday 4/15/21 3pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z

We continue with letter “S” and complete it and start with “T” next week.

Friday 4/9/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons (1967)

Between the Buttons is the fifth British and seventh American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released January 20, 1967 in the UK and February 11, 1967 in the US as the follow-up to Aftermath. It reflected the Stones’ brief foray into psychedelia and baroque pop balladry during the era.

Sessions for the album began on August 3, 1966 and lasted until the 11th at Los Angeles’ RCA Studios during the Rolling Stones’ 1966 American Tour. David Hassinger was the engineer for the album. It would be the last album produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, who had to this point acted as the band’s manager and produced all of their albums.

With Between the Buttons, virtuoso band member Brian Jones had become less interested in electric guitar as an instrument, and on the album he only contributed electric guitar on one track apiece on the American release and the British version. The album is among the band’s most musically eclectic works; Jones played a wide variety of other instruments including organ, marimba, vibraphone, and kazoo. Piano duties were split by two session players: former Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart and frequent contributor Jack Nitzsche.

As with prior albums, the American and British versions contained slightly different track listings. The American version of Between the Buttons, which includes “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday”, is on the 2003 and 2012 versions of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Between the Buttons reached number 3 on the British album charts and number 2 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart.

  1. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” 3:38
  2. “Yesterday’s Papers” 2:01
  3. “Ruby Tuesday” 3:16
  4. “Connection” 2:08
  5. “She Smiled Sweetly” 2:44
  6. “Cool, Calm & Collected” 4:17
  7. “All Sold Out” 2:17
  8. “My Obsession” 3:20
  9. “Who’s Been Sleeping Here?” 3:55
  10. “Complicated” 3:15
  11. “Miss Amanda Jones” 2:48
  12. “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” 4:55

Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (1-2, 7, 8, 10-12), tambourine (2-5, 9, 10), bass drum (4), harmonica (6)
Keith Richards – electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 6-12), backing vocals (1-5, 7, 8, 10-12), acoustic guitar (3, 9, 12), piano (1, 4, 5), bass guitar (1, 4, 5), double bass (3), co-lead vocals (12)
Brian Jones – organ (1, 5, 10), electric guitar (1, 11), accordion (3), recorder (3, 7), vibraphone (1), piano (2), tambourine (4), harmonica (9),
Bill Wyman – bass guitar (2, 3, 6-12), double bass (3), backing vocals (2)
Charlie Watts – drums (all tracks), maracas (10)

Thursday 4/8/21 3pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z

We start this installment with the letter “P”

Thursday 4/1/21 3pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z

We feature M thru O this week!

Thursday 3/25/21 3pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z

Thursday 3/18/21 3pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z

We continue through the alphabet and continue with Letter “I”

Thursday 3/11/21 pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z (Part 3)

Thursday 3/4/21 3pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z (Part 2)

Thursday 2/25/21 2pm ET: Rolling Stones A to Z (Part 1)


By request we are featuring the music of the Rolling Stones.  Join us every Thursday at 2pm ET.  We start with Part 1.

Tuesday 2/2/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels (1989)

Steel Wheels is the 19th British and 21st American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. Released on August 19, 1989, it was the final album of new material the band would record for Columbia Records.

Heralded as a major comeback upon its release, the project is notable for the patching up of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ relationship, a reversion to a more classic style of music and the launching of the band’s biggest world tour to date. It is also long-time bassist Bill Wyman’s final full-length studio album with the Stones, preceding the announcement of his departure in January 1993. Wyman’s final tenure with the band would be on two studio tracks for 1991’s Flashpoint. It was also the first album not to feature former member and frequent contributor on piano Ian Stewart, who died shortly before the release of their previous album Dirty Work. It was produced by Richards and Jagger along with Chris Kimsey, who had previously produced 1983’s Undercover.

After the relative disappointment of their prior two albums, Steel Wheels was a hit, reaching multi-platinum status in the United States, reaching top-five status in numerous markets around the world, and spawning two hit singles: “Mixed Emotions,” which peaked at number one in Canada and number five in the United States, and “Rock and a Hard Place,” the band’s last top-40 U.S. hit. Critics were generally lukewarm on the album, exemplified by Stephen Thomas Erlewine: “It doesn’t make for a great Stones album, but it’s not bad, and it feels like a comeback.”

1. “Sad Sad Sad” 3:35
2. “Mixed Emotions” 4:38
3. “Terrifying” 4:53
4. “Hold On to Your Hat” 3:32
5. “Hearts for Sale” 4:40
6. “Blinded by Love” 4:37
7. “Rock and a Hard Place” 5:25
8. “Can’t Be Seen” 4:09
9. “Almost Hear You Sigh” 4:37
10. “Continental Drift” 5:14
11. “Break the Spell” 3:06
12. “Slipping Away” 4:29

Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; harmonica, percussion, keyboards on “Continental Drift”
Keith Richards – electric, acoustic and classical guitar, backing vocals; lead vocals on “Can’t Be Seen” and “Slipping Away”; bicycle spokes on “Continental Drift”
Ronnie Wood – electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar and acoustic bass, backing vocals, dobro
Bill Wyman – bass guitar
Charlie Watts – drums

Chuck Leavell – organ, piano, keyboards
Matt Clifford – electric and acoustic piano, clavinet, harmonium, percussion programming, strings
Sarah Dash – backing vocals
Lisa Fischer – backing vocals
Bernard Fowler – backing vocals
Luis Jardim – percussion
Phil Beer – mandolin, fiddle
The Kick Horns – brass
Roddy Lorimer – trumpet
The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar Farafina – African-Moroccan instruments
Sonia Morgan – backing vocals
Tessa Niles – backing vocals

Monday 12/28/2020 10pm ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’: The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970)

‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’: The Rolling Stones in Concert is the second live album by the Rolling Stones, released on September 4, 1970 on Decca Records in the UK and on London Records in the US. It was recorded in New York City, New York and Baltimore, Maryland in November 1969, just before the release of Let It Bleed. It is the first live album to reach number 1 in the UK. It was reported to have been issued in response to the well known bootleg Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be.

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – 4:03
“Carol” – 3:46
“Stray Cat Blues” – 3:47
“Love in Vain” – 4:56
“Midnight Rambler” – 9:04
“Sympathy for the Devil” – 6:51
“Live With Me” – 3:02
“Little Queenie” – 4:33
“Honky Tonk Women” – 3:34
“Street Fighting Man” – 4:04
Disc two – unreleased tracks
“Prodigal Son” – 4:04
“You Gotta Move” – 2:18
“Under My Thumb” – 3:38
“I’m Free” – 2:47
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – 5:38

“BB King – Everyday I Have the Blues” – 2:27
“BB King – How Blue Can You Get” – 5:30
“BB King – That’s Wrong Little Mama” – 4:11
“BB King – Why I Sing The Blues” – 5:16
“BB King – Please Accept My Love” – 4:52
“Ike & Tina Turner – Gimme Some Loving” – 0:49
“Ike & Tina Turner – Sweet Soul Music” – 1:16
“Ike & Tina Turner – Son of a Preacher Man” – 2:49
“Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary” – 3:07
“Ike & Tina Turner – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – 5:40
“Ike & Tina Turner – Come Together” – 3:36
“Ike & Tina Turner – Land of a Thousand Dances” – 2:40

Mick Jagger – vocals; harmonica on “Midnight Rambler”
Keith Richards – guitar, backing vocals
Mick Taylor – guitar
Bill Wyman – bass guitar
Charlie Watts – drums
Ian Stewart – piano on “Carol,” “Little Queenie,” and “Honky Tonk Women”

Friday 11/27/2020 10pm ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Love You Live (1977)

Love You Live is a double live album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1977. It is drawn from Tour of the Americas shows in the US in the summer of 1975, Tour of Europe shows in 1976 and performances from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. It is the band’s third official full-length live release and is dedicated to the memory of audio engineer Keith Harwood, who died in a drug-induced car accident shortly before the album’s release.

“Intro: Excerpt from Fanfare for the Common Man” – 1:24
“Honky Tonk Women” – 3:19
“If You Can’t Rock Me”/”Get Off of My Cloud” – 5:00
“Happy” – 2:55
“Hot Stuff” – 4:35
“Star Star” – 4:10

“Tumbling Dice” – 4:00
“Fingerprint File” – 5:17
“You Gotta Move” – 4:19
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – 7:42

“Mannish Boy” – 6:28
“Crackin’ Up” – 5:40
“Little Red Rooster” – 4:39
“Around and Around” – 4:09

“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” – 4:31
“Brown Sugar” – 3:11
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – 4:03
“Sympathy for the Devil” – 7:51

Thursday 11/26/2020 7:15am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (2020 Deluxe Edition)

Goats Head Soup is the 11th British and 13th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. It was released in August 1973 by Rolling Stones Records. Like its predecessor Exile on Main St., the band composed and recorded much of it outside of the United Kingdom due to their status as tax exiles. Goats Head Soup was recorded in Jamaica, the United States and the United Kingdom. The album contains 10 tracks, including the lead single “Angie” which went to number one as a single in the US and the top five in the UK.

The album was the last to be produced by Jimmy Miller who was a key architect of the Rolling Stones sound during their most acclaimed period which began with 1968’s Beggars Banquet. Bass guitarist Bill Wyman only appears on three of the ten tracks of the album but the rest of the Rolling Stones, lead vocalist Mick Jagger, lead guitarist Keith Richards, guitarist Mick Taylor and drummer Charlie Watts, play on every track, with the exception of “Winter”, which does not feature Richards. In addition to the main band, the standard cadre of Rolling Stones collaborators also play extensively on the album including saxophonist Bobby Keys, organist Billy Preston, pianists Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart.

Goats Head Soup achieved number one chart positions in the UK, US, and several other world markets. However, it received mixed reviews from critics and audiences and is generally seen as the beginning of the band’s decline after a string of critically acclaimed albums. The band supported the album on a tour of Europe following its release. The album was remastered and released in 1994 and again in 2009 by Virgin Records and Universal Music respectively. It was remixed by Giles Martin for a 2020 reissue, including a deluxe edition with bonus tracks and unreleased outtakes. The re-issue reached the number one in the UK chart again on September 11, 2020.

1. “Dancing with Mr. D” 4:53
2. “100 Years Ago” 3:59
3. “Coming Down Again” 5:54
4. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” 3:26
5. “Angie” 4:33

1. “Silver Train” 4:27
2. “Hide Your Love” 4:12
3. “Winter” 5:30
4. “Can You Hear the Music” 5:31
5. “Star Star” 4:25

2020 Deluxe edition bonus tracks
1. “Scarlet” (With Jimmy Page) 3:44
2. “All The Rage” 4:32
3. “Criss Cross” Jagger/Richards/Mick Taylor 4:11
4. “100 Years Ago” (Piano Demo) 2:43
5. “Dancing With Mr D.” (Instrumental) 3:31
6. “Heartbreaker” (Instrumental) 3:18
7. “Hide Your Love” (Alternative Mix) 5:18
8. “Dancing With Mr D.” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix) 4:34
9. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix) 3:26
10. “Silver Train” (Glyn Johns 1973 Mix) 4:31

1. “Brown Sugar” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, first show) 3:54
2. “Gimme Shelter” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 5:31
3. “Happy” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 3:13
4. “Tumbling Dice” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 5:02
5. “Star Star” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 4:15
6. “Dancing with Mr. D.” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 4:36
7. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 5:01
8. “Angie” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 5:13
9. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 10:57
10. “Midnight Rambler” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, first show) 12:49
11. “Honky Tonk Women” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 3:10
12. “All Down the Line” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show, guitar solo taken from the first show) 4:19
13. “Rip This Joint” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 2:24
14. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 3:26
15. “Street Fighting Man” (Live at Forest National Arena, Brussels, 17/10/73, second show) 5:13

Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all but 3), backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10), electric guitar (6, 8), harmonica (6), piano (7)
Keith Richards – electric guitar & backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10), bass guitar (2, 4, 6, 7), acoustic guitar (5), lead vocals (3)
Mick Taylor – electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 6–10), backing vocals (1, 4, 6), bass guitar (1, 3, 9), acoustic guitar (5)
Bill Wyman – bass guitar (5, 8, 10)
Charlie Watts – drums (all tracks)