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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by AngelStrummer, Aug 7, 2019.
The closer I listen the more I appreciate Bill Wyman.
Exile on Main Street also - that's where it's raw and untamed.
I find later interviews with Keith - as in his age now and maybe 10 year back - illuminating.
Here is a guy who still pretty much worships his blues heroes, yet never claims to be one himself.
He has become every bit a legend as they are and in fact, it was him and stones that introduced the blues greats to a wider audience.
I don't know about selling your soul at the crossroads, but that act of brotherhood between musicians certainly didn't harm the stones in terms of output and longevity.
Keith is a living legend - somehow, against all odds, surviving. It looks like he has crippling osteoarthritis these days - his fingers bent terribly out of shape - but he can still crank out the licks.
One little quibble...I'd swap out "Country Honk" for "Honky Tonk Women". Makes a great album perfect. "Country Honk" would make a good b-side to a single.
More trivia regarding Gimme Shelter, it was the first song where Keith utilized G tuning.
Let it Bleed is one of my favorite albums. It blew my mind when I first heard it. At the time, I just assumed they had a bunch of great singles. The Jimmy Miller era, including Ya Yas, is incredible. And let's not forget the Jimpin Jack Flash single. It wasn't on an album. Ya Yas is a great record to play along with as the songs are stripped down to their essence.
Wyman was great, true. But Keith either played or came up with the bass lines on lots of Let It Bleed songs.
Also, while we’re on Keith’s humility etc., there’s a little story about when they hired Darryl. Keith said “I mean, Darryl’s a real musician. He’s played with Miles Davis and sh#t. Me? I’m just a Rolling Stone”.
I agree, Let it Bleed has a wide variety of moods but it’s all cohesive somehow.
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You can hear and feel the storm gathering as it builds over that first minute or whatever it is it takes for Mick to start singing. You can feel the rain starting as the opening guitar begins, like a light drizzle, and then it gets stronger and worse as the various other instruments come in. That single bass note from the piano is thunder in the distance, and by the time the band kicks into the steady groove, it's unremittingly pissing down, the sky full of dark clouds, with no relief in sight. Bloody brilliant!
I always heard Gimme Shelter was open D or open E and that Honky Tonk Woman was the first open G song
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I believe it's actually in open E or D, which is how I play it and it sounds right to my ears. It's probably quite possible to play it in open G or A, but I've not tried it that way.
He plays it, and has played it for a long time, in standard (live).
I m not anywhere near the greatest Mick Jagger fan BUT this is a real stretch!!!
Love Keith, Love his songs and most of his singing too BUT , ahh, yeah, "I" dont think so
More trivia. Merry Clayton's brother is Sam Clayton, percussionist and backing vocal for Little Feat.
When I learned to play Gimme Shelter as a kid, I always played it in Open G. But Honkey Tonk Woman was definitely in Open G and it proceeded Let it Bleed by many months. Maybe he wrote Gimme Shelter first? But in terms of what was out there, Honkey Tonk was already out...
More cool useless info on gimme shelter
Richards used a maton for the recording of "Gimme shelter" and "Midnight Rambler"
Keith Richards is known for his blues-based, Chuck Berry-inspired playing style—which is why his playing on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is such an eye-opener. At the time, Richards' freaky, tremolo-drenched riff sounded like something straight out of the future—or at least a very chilling alternate present.
And then there's the sound of the guitar itself. Simply put, it's clearly not a Tele. It's not a Les Paul. It's not an Epiphone Casino. It's a Maton EG240 Supreme.
The song was recorded almost 50 years ago, so it's understandable that Richards has forgotten the name of the person who once owned the Australian-made axe, but he does (or at least did) remember that the previous owner stayed with him at his London apartment for a little while.
"He crashed out for a couple of days and suddenly left in a hurry, leaving that guitar behind," he told Guitar World (hey, that's us!) in 2002. "You know, 'Take care of it for me.' I certainly did." Or did he?
"It had been all revarnished and painted out, but it sounded great," Richards said. "It made a great record. And on the very last note of 'Gimme Shelter' the whole neck fell off. You can hear it on the original take."
Keith played the Maton throughout the Let It Bleed sessions in early 1969—especially on "Midnight Rambler" and "Gimme Shelter." You can hear the axe in all its isolated glory below. We've also included a particularly impressive outtake from the "Gimme Shelter" sessions. Enjoy!
I’m just a flea-bit peanut monkey, but that’s my all-time favorite album. Peak Keef, and near-peak Mick and the boys.
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There's an online class?!?
Where might one find this?
All your friends are junkies?
During those 4 or 5 albums Mick Jagger's vocals had a clarity and purity that it had never had, before or since.
But of trivia 24, which you might already know: if you listen to the isolated track of Merry's vocal her voice tilts into an all out controlled scream on the word "murder". You can hear Mick saying "yeah". Kinda cool.
I'd never heard anything about her having a miscarriage, but she certainly put everything into that performance.
She later did her own version of the song singing lead. Pretty good too.
Sorry you missed the thread I posted, here it is with the link in there. There might still be time to start, or perhaps they’ll offer it again. https://www.tdpri.com/threads/free-online-college-class-rolling-stones-1962-1974.959537/
Brilliant album, probably my favourite Stones album.