Tag: Rolling Stones

Saturday 9/5/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981)

Tattoo You is the 16th British and 18th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1981. The album is mostly composed of studio outtakes recorded during the 1970s, and contains one of the band’s most well-known songs, “Start Me Up”, which hit number two on the United States’ Billboard singles charts.

A combination of touring obligations and personal feuding between band members made it difficult to arrange dedicated recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 1980’s Emotional Rescue. As a result, the band’s production team combed through unused recordings from prior sessions, some dating back almost a decade. While a few of the songs were used essentially as-is in their original form, most of these earlier recordings were not complete, consisting of song fragments requiring much work. Studio time was booked throughout 1980 and 1981 and band members came in when available to finish off the tracks.

The credited members of the Rolling Stones for the album were vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts, though two tracks feature former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Keyboardists Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, and Ian Stewart also appear on the album.

The album proved to be both a critical and commercial success upon release, reaching the top of the Billboard charts. It was also the final Rolling Stones album to reach the top position of the US charts, thus concluding the band’s string of number-one albums there, dating back to 1971’s Sticky Fingers. In 1989, it was ranked No. 34 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 213 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.

1. “Start Me Up” 3:31
2. “Hang Fire” 2:20
3. “Slave” 4:55
4. “Little T&A” 3:23
5. “Black Limousine” 3:32
6. “Neighbors” 3:31

1. “Worried About You” 5:16
2. “Tops” 3:45
3. “Heaven” 4:21
4. “No Use in Crying” 3:24
5. “Waiting on a Friend” 4:34

Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all but 4), backing vocals (all but 5); electric guitar (9, 10); percussion (track 9)
Keith Richards – electric guitar (all but 9), backing vocals (1–4, 6–7, 10); lead vocals and bass guitar (track 4)
Ronnie Wood – electric guitar (all but 7, 8, 9, 11), backing vocals (1–2, 4, 6, 10); bass guitar (track 2)
Bill Wyman – bass guitar (all but 2, 4); synthesizer, electric guitar, and percussion (track 9)
Charlie Watts – drums, percussion (track 9)

Mick Taylor – electric guitar (8, 11)
Nicky Hopkins – piano (8, 10-11); organ (10)
Ian Stewart – piano (2, 4-6)
Billy Preston – keyboards (3, 7)
Wayne Perkins – electric lead guitar (7)
Ollie E. Brown – percussion (3, 7)
Pete Townshend – backing vocals (3)
Sonny Rollins – saxophone (3, 6, 11)
Jimmy Miller – percussion (8)
Michael Carabello – cowbell (1); conga (3); güiro, claves, cabasa and conga (11)
Chris Kimsey – electric piano (9)
Barry Sage – handclaps (1)
Sugar Blue – harmonica (5)

Friday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – Rolling Stones (1963 – 1969)

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of bandleader Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, keyboards), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass guitar), Charlie Watts (drums) and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued to work with the band as a contracted musician until his death in 1985. The band’s primary songwriters, Jagger and Richards, assumed leadership after Andrew Loog Oldham became the group’s manager. Jones left the band less than a month before his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and continues on guitar in tandem with Richards. Since Wyman’s departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has served as touring bassist. The Stones have not had an official keyboardist since 1963, but have employed several musicians in that role, including Jack Nitzsche (1965–1971), Nicky Hopkins (1967–1982), Billy Preston (1971–1981), Ian McLagan (1978–1981), and Chuck Leavell (1982–present).

The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the United States in 1964 and were identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the band started out playing covers but found more success with their own material; songs such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Paint It Black” became international hits. After a short period of experimentation with psychedelic rock in the mid-1960s, the group returned to its “bluesy” roots with Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main St. (1972). It was during this period they were first introduced on stage as “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World”.

The band continued to release commercially successful albums through the 1970s and early 1980s, including Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981), the two best-sellers in their discography. During the 1980s, the band infighting curtailed their output and they only released two more underperforming albums and did not tour for the rest of the decade. Their fortunes changed at the end of the decade, when they released Steel Wheels (1989), promoted by a large stadium and arena tour, the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour. Since the 1990s, new material has been less frequent. Despite this, the Rolling Stones continue to be a huge attraction on the live circuit. By 2007, the band had four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time: Voodoo Lounge Tour (1994–1995), Bridges to Babylon Tour (1997–1998), Licks Tour (2002–2003) and A Bigger Bang (2005–2007).[3] Musicologist Robert Palmer attributes the endurance of the Rolling Stones to their being “rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music”, while “more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone”.

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list and their estimated record sales are above 250 million. They have released 30 studio albums, 23 live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) marked the first of five consecutive No. 1 studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive No. 1 studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary. They still continue to release albums to brisk sales and critical acclaim; their most recent album Blue & Lonesome was released in December 2016 and reached No. 1 on the UK Album Charts and No. 4 in the U.S. and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. The group also continues to sell out venues, with their recent No Filter Tour running for two years and concluding in August, 2019.

Tuesday 10pm ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – 40 Licks (2002)

Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones. Released September 30, 2002. A 40-year career-spanning retrospective, Forty Licks is notable for being the first retrospective to combine their formative Decca/London era of the 1960s, now licensed by ABKCO Records (on disc one), with their self-owned post-1970 material, distributed at the time by Virgin/EMI but now distributed by ABKCO’s own distributor Universal Music Group (on mostly disc two). Four new songs are included on the second disc. The album was a commercial success, as it reached No. 2 on both UK and US charts and went on to sell over 7.5 million copies worldwide. Concurrently with the album’s release, the Stones embarked on the successful, year-long international Licks Tour, which would result in Live Licks in 2004.

1. “Street Fighting Man” 3:15
2. “Gimme Shelter” 4:31
3. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” 3:43
4. “The Last Time” 3:41
5. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Through the Past, Darkly 3:42
6. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” 7:28
7. “19th Nervous Breakdown” 3:56
8. “Under My Thumb” 3:41
9. “Not Fade Away” 1:48
10. “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” 2:36
11. “Sympathy for the Devil” 6:17
12. “Mother’s Little Helper” 2:46
13. “She’s a Rainbow” (Single version) 4:13
14. “Get Off of My Cloud” 2:55
15. “Wild Horses” 5:43
16. “Ruby Tuesday” 3:13
17. “Paint It Black” 3:44
18. “Honky Tonk Women” 3:00
19. “It’s All Over Now” 3:26
20. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” 3:26

1. “Start Me Up” 3:33
2. “Brown Sugar” 3:50
3. “Miss You” (Single version) 3:35
4. “Beast of Burden” (Single version) 3:28
5. “Don’t Stop” 3:59
6. “Happy” 3:05
7. “Angie” 4:32
8. “You Got Me Rocking” 3:34
9. “Shattered” 3:46
10. “Fool to Cry” (Single version) 4:07
11. “Love Is Strong” 3:48
12. “Mixed Emotions” 4:01
13. “Keys to Your Love” 4:11
14. “Anybody Seen My Baby?” 4:08
15. “Stealing My Heart” 3:42
16. “Tumbling Dice” 3:47
17. “Undercover of the Night” 4:13
18. “Emotional Rescue” (Single version) 3:41
19. “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” (Single version) 4:09
20. “Losing My Touch” 5:06

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Black and Blue (1976)

Black and Blue is the 13th British and 15th American studio album by the band the Rolling Stones, released in 1976.

This album was the first recorded after former guitarist Mick Taylor had quit in December 1974. As he had done the previous time the Stones were between second guitarists in 1968, Keith Richards recorded the bulk of the guitar parts himself, though the album recording sessions also served as an audition for Taylor’s replacement. Richards said of the album that it was used for “rehearsing guitar players, that’s what that one was about.” Numerous guitarists showed up to auditions; those who appeared on the album were Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel, and Ronnie Wood. Wood had previously contributed to the title track from the It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll album, and would become a full-time member of the Stones in 1976. The Stones rhythm section of bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts appear on nearly all tracks, and frequent collaborators Nicky Hopkins and Billy Preston play keyboards on most of the album, with percussionist Ollie E. Brown also appearing on about half of the tracks. The album was the second to be self-produced, credited to “The Glimmer Twins”, a pseudonym used by Jagger and Richards for their roles as producers.

Black and Blue showed the band blending its traditional rock and roll style with heavy influences from reggae and funk music. Only one single from the album, “Fool to Cry”, had any significant chart success, and criticism of the album was mixed. The album received a few positive reviews at the time of release, though many reviewers found it mostly forgettable, and tended to rank it very low compared to prior Stones releases. Retrospective reviews from more recent publications such as AllMusic have been kinder to the album, with critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating that the album’s “being longer on grooves and jams than songs” ended up being “what’s good about it”.

1. “Hot Stuff” 5:20
2. “Hand of Fate” 4:28
3. “Cherry Oh Baby” 3:57
4. “Memory Motel” 7:07

1. “Hey Negrita” 4:59
2. “Melody” 5:47
3. “Fool to Cry” 5:03
4. “Crazy Mama” 4:34

Tuesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  DeBarge, Def Leppard, Journey, Beach Boys, Limahl, Johnny Lee, Billy Joel, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Culture Club, Icehouse and more . . . 

Tuesday 1am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (1973)

Goats Head Soup is the 11th British and 13th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released August 31,1973. Like its predecessor, Exile on Main St., the band composed and recorded much of it outside of the United Kingdom due to tax issues. Goats Head Soup was recorded in Jamaica, United States, and the United Kingdom, and mixed in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The album contained 10 tracks, all written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, including lead single “Angie”, which went to No. 1 as a single in the United States and top 5 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 Beggar’s Banquet. Bass guitarist Bill Wyman only appears on four of the ten tracks of the album, but otherwise the rest of the Rolling Stones, including Mick Jagger (lead vocals, other instruments), Keith Richards (various guitars and backing vocals), Mick Taylor (various guitars and backing vocals), and Charlie Watts (drums), played on every track. In addition to the main band, the standard cadre of Rolling Stones collaborators also played extensively on the album, including saxophonist Bobby Keys, organist Billy Preston, pianists Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart, as well as several local Jamaican musicians.

Goats Head Soup received positive reviews and achieved number one chart positions in the UK, US, and several other world markets. The album was remastered and released in 1994 and again in 2009 by Virgin Records and Universal Music respectively.

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

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s:  Naked Eyes, Ramones, Hooters, Electric Light Orchestra, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Who, Rolling Stones, Juice Newton, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Bauhaus, Lou Gramm and more. . . 

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s:  Yes, Wet Willie, Tony Orlando & Dawn, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Rattles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Abba, Queen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Helen Reddy, Jackson Browne and more . .  

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Anita Baker, Hooters, Bangles, Rolling Stones, Genesis, Danny Wilson, Gordon Lightfoot, Huey Lewis and The News, Jacksons, Warren Zevon, Sheena Easton and much more. . . 

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

In this installment of Sounds of The 80s.  Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Neil Young, 38 Special, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Rosanne Cash, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Greg Kihn and more. . . 

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week we feature music from: Wanda Jackson, Chiffons, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Beatles, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Rolling Stones, Troggs, Bob Dylan, Grass Roots, James Brown, McCoys, Beach Boys, Janis Ian and many more . . . 

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60s

This week we feature:  Yardbirds, Jimmy Ruffin, Ray Charles, Lesley Gore, Supremes, Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra, Ides of March, Duane Eddy, Dion, Kinks, Del Shannon, Cream, Rolling Stones, Cowsills and more . .  .

Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Some Girls (1978)

Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released June 9, 1978 on Rolling Stones Records.

The album was the first album to feature guitarist Ronnie Wood as a full-time member; joining founder members Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Wood had contributed to some tracks on the Rolling Stones prior two albums, 1974’s It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll and 1975’s Black and Blue, and joined the band full time in 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, unlike many of the prior albums there were few guest musicians. One notable contribution, however, does come from blues harmonica player Sugar Blue on “Miss You”.

Rebounding from the relative critical disappointment of their prior album, Some Girls reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, and became the band’s top selling album in the United States, certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Rolling Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy in the Album of the Year category. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form and their best album since 1972’s Exile on Main St.

Several hit singles emerged from the album which would become rock radio staples for decades, including “Beast of Burden”, “Shattered”, “Respectable”, highlighted by “Miss You”, which reached number one in the US and Canada, number three in the UK, and was a top ten hit in dozens of worldwide markets.

1. “Miss You” 4:48
2. “When the Whip Comes Down” 4:20
3. “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” 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. “Miss You” 8:28

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Bridges to Babylon (1997)

Bridges to Babylon is the 21st British and 23rd American studio album by British rock band The Rolling Stones, released by Virgin Records on September 29,1997. It was their last full-length release of new songs until 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Released as a double album on vinyl and a single CD, the album was supported by the year-long worldwide Bridges to Babylon Tour that met with much success.

Unlike the prior several albums, which the production and songwriting team of vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards had co-produced alongside a single producer, the group brought in an eclectic mix of superstar producers, including the Dust Brothers, Don Was, and Rob Fraboni among others. Similarly, a wide array of guest musicians appeared on each of the tracks alongside band members Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Charlie Watts (drums). The sprawling album features a wide range of genres, including the Stones-standard blues rock, sample-laden hip hop and rap. As a decade earlier, the band was once again not on speaking terms during the recording of the album, with Jagger and Richards each recording their parts separately and rarely appeared in the studio together. They had, however, repaired their relationship well enough to embark on a wildly successful tour to support the album.

Though critics gave the album mixed reviews, it sold well, reaching platinum or gold status in many markets, and produced the world-wide top-40 single “Anybody Seen My Baby?”

1. “Flip the Switch” 3:28
2. “Anybody Seen My Baby?” 4:31
3. “Low Down” 4:26
4. “Already Over Me” 5:24
5. “Gunface” 5:02
6. “You Don’t Have to Mean It” 3:44
7. “Out of Control” 4:43
8. “Saint of Me” 5:15
9. “Might as Well Get Juiced” 5:23
10. “Always Suffering” 4:43
11. “Too Tight” 3:33
12. “Thief in the Night” 5:15
13. “How Can I Stop” 6:53

“Anybody Seen My Baby?” Released: 22 September 1997
“Saint of Me” Released: 26 January 1998
“Out of Control” Released: August 1998

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Sticky Finger’s – Live At The Fonda Theater (2015)

This latest addition to the From The Vault series captures a truly unique event in the long and eventful history of The Rolling Stones. On the May 20th, 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, the band performed the entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first and so far only time in their career. The show celebrated the reissue of the Sticky Fingers album and was the opening night of The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour of North America that would run over the next two months. The intimate setting of the Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band would perform for the rest of the tour and made this an incredibly special occasion for those fans lucky enough to get a ticket. The DVD include interviews with the band members inter-cut with full length performances.

1) Start Me Up
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) All Down The Line
4) Sway
5) Dead Flowers
6) Wild Horses
7) Sister Morphine
8) You Gotta Move
9) Bitch
10) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
11) I Got The Blues
12) Moonlight Mile
13) Brown Sugar
14) Rock Me Baby
15) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
16) I Can’t Turn You Loose