The progression of a Keith Richards as a song writer and a front man

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  1. peteb

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    I see it kind of like this. I would appreciate your input, especially what songs preceded these songs.

    thank you



    Brown Sugar

    Happy

    Before they Make me run

    Little T and A










    It’s all kind of the same open G riff and basically the same song. IDK?





    what do you say?
     
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    Keith who?
     
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    I have really never dug into the Stones later stuff, and I recently got Exile.

    I was a bit surprised that "Happy" is one of best songs on it, and it's a great album!
     
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    If you have wrote hundreds of songs, there might also some iterations. Even a genius like Mozart did cite himself (or others) several times.
     
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    You don't have to know him. Father of an blonde actress Denise Richards or something...
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Keith. He's a big influence on me. I don't ever play in open G tuning but I listened to the Stones so much as a kid that certain things he does were absorbed into my sensibility. (For one thing, guitar riffs can kick without distortion, and for another, don't forget "the roll" of "rock'n'roll.")

     
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    Who doesn't love a Little T & A! I was around 14 when Tattoo You came out. I remember it like it was yesterday.
     
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    The Last Time.

    Old Stones/Keef Riff Rock Classic.
     
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    Keith's progression as a front man began after Mick did his solo album but as a songwriter I have no idea why you picked those songs. You could easily go from as tears go by, satisfaction, jumping jack flash, gimmie shelter, monkey man. street fighting man. can you hear me knocking, wild horses and so on. most of beggars banquet and let it bleed. Keith wrote a lot of stuff not just some open g riffs.
     
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    Mick wrote Brown Sugar…just sayin’
     
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    https://slate.com/news-and-politics...ith-richards-about-his-new-autobiography.html

    This is one of the best book reviews ever, written by my friend bill Wyman. No, not him. The other one.

    it does talk about Keith’s progression as a songwriter, making the bold but arguable claim that he dried up in 1972 for rock music. I think exile their greatest work, but the lyrics are a lot less incendiary, I’ll give him that. There’s nothing that hits lyrically like street fighting man, or sympathy for the devil. But tumbling dice, sweet Virginia, happy…


    Anyway, keith stops writing great rock songs in the early 70s but can still write good songs. Just ballads and pop stuff.

    As a guitarist if he’s grown, he hasn’t shown it on stage. To be fair, the crowd wants to hear brown sugar, satisfaction, honkytonk women,etc. not really any new stuff. So there’s that. And albums have to reflect that too.
     
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    I think Willie and Keith will make a great duo after everyone else dies.
     
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    The “Voodoo Lounge” album brought them back from their early greatness IMO and to me, it has been non-stop ever since.

    Keith goes back to his simple and often repeated open G stuff in a genius way on “Love is Strong”. Here is a guy on YT with the isolated riff. He may not be exactly accurate, but it isolates Keith’s rhythm/riff. People dissing his songwriting skills is way off base considering how many successful songs Mick and Keith as collaborators wrote.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your input.



    Well, the last three are some of Keith’s best known songs as lead singer.



    Agreed. Didn’t Keith provide the riff? Or did Mick?


    The reason I included and started with Brown Sugar is that to me that song started the open G thing that Keith embraced for much of his later songs he wrote, like the three I list. That’s kind of the whole reason I wrote the thread is that those three songs follow in the mold of Brown Sugar.

    the fingering in the chords in the open tuning are the same for the first three songs. I play little t and a in standard tuning but I suspect it too is really done in open tuning.
     
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    I think that's James James in the video. He has a great ear and makes videos of how to play lots of Stones songs. They're very good. The elements of this are simple but getting the feel right and keeping it going is not so easy.
     
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