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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Deeve, Feb 28, 2020.
Still remembering, Elmo
It was “his” band, in the beginning.
Talented, and troubled guy.
RIP, and thanks.
Happy birthday Brian.
Such a talent and yes, it was his band in the beginning. But when you can't write songs, despite being helped by Keef, well it's no longer your band.
Weird Fact: He and Jim Morrison both died on July 3 (two years apart).
Sad irony that both he and Ian Stewart had such impact on the early years of the band but missed so much of the party.
While Brian may not have composed songs for The Stones, he brought so many "flavors" to the band, things that in some cases made a "good" song into a "memorable" one.
From Wikipedia......."Initially a slide guitarist, Jones would go on to play a wide variety of instruments on Rolling Stones recordings and in concerts, such as rhythm and lead guitar, sitar, dulcimer, various keyboard instruments such as piano and mellotron, marimba, wind instruments such as harmonica, recorder, saxophone, as well as drums."
My favourite Brian Jones photo:
Added a creative flare to many of the early songs. In a producer sort of way.
Happy Birthday Brian .
Almost two thousand years old? That can't be right.
the essence of what Brian brought to the stones.
There is a vocal group of record hipsters that go by the slogan “no Jones/no Stones”.
They trade on the notion that he sprinkled pixie dust on bland Jagger/Richards tunes and made them come alive and when he left the band ?
They were no longer any good.
Similar to the folks that waaaaay overemphasize the importance of Mick Taylor’s tenure.
Regardless, an inconvenient truth remains -
he was by far the biggest bluesman of the Stones.
Played harmonica as well as Jagger, played open tunings and slide years before Keith, listened to all the key influences as early as any of them .
So, the irony is, he would have been fantastic to have had around during the Let It Bleed* to Exile run.
*I know he was on a couple Let It Bleed tunes but he was already fully checked out by then
IMO....I think Jagger/Richards have demonstrated they have a special chemistry that has lasted this long, even without the contributions of Jones. But I still believe that Brian added a lot to already good compositions of the other two. Under My Thumb for example, is a terrific song on its own, but the marimba played by Brian makes it "extra" special....as does the sitar in Paint It Black. But, fate deemed Brian not to go on any further......
Karma is a *****, we all have it coming - some more than others...
The dude beat women. Plural.
Left skads of little kids running around.
Would be remiss to omit that.
Death by misadventure....
I wonder what he’s doing to celebrate.
Probably just lying around in the grass with his eyes closed, I guess.