Stick Fingers Live By The Rolling Stones

April 8, 2018

A decade or so ago, The Rolling Stones were becoming obsolete. Now, due to a strong retro studio release, expanded versions of some of their classic albums, and their live From The Vault series; they have re-emerged as a force of rock music.

Their latest release is Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015. Recorded May 20, 2015, at the beginning of their two month North American Zip Tour, in the intimate Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles; it was historic as it is to date the only time the Stones have performed their entire Sticky Fingers album live.

The Rolling Stones, in the twilight if their career, have managed to create just about the perfect live album. The clarity of the video and particularly the sound are superb. The guitars of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards are out front and the clarity not only shows their guitar talent but how intricate the structure of many of the songs actually is.

The three opening songs are powerful rock and roll. “Star Me Up,” “When The Whip Comes Down,” and “All Down The Line” is rock and roll at its best, played by the greatest living rock and roll band.

Many of the songs from Sticky Fingers emerge modernized and definitive. “Bitch” and “Sister Morphine” are still edgy and painful. “Dead Flowers” and “Wild Horses” are different from most of the Rolling Stones catalogue. “I Got The Blues,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and “I Got The Blues” re-introduce rarely played Stones classics. An extended version of “Brown Sugar” closes the regular part of the concert and leaves you limp.

The encore consists of “Rock Me Baby,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and a funky “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” which bribgs the concert to a satisfying end.

The Stones have delivered what may be the defining concert album of their career. If there is a better one in the vault, it is going to be spectacular.

Blue & Lonesome By The Rolling Stones

March 29, 2017

The last Rolling Stones studio album was 11 years ago. They have written some songs and have been in the studio, but no album has been forthcoming. Then in a three day frenzy; they entered a recording studio and recorded a dozen blues tracks. The result was the album Blue & Lonesome, which now holds the distinction of being their only studio release to contain no original Jagger/Richard compositions.

They wisely avoided the early blues songs of the American Delta and focused on releases from the era that had an impact on their music (1950’s and 1960’s).

Little Walter passed away at the age of 38 in 1968 and was inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman for his virtuosity on the harmonica. His career is resurrected by the Stones as one-third of the songs belong to him. “Just Your Fool,” “Blue And Lonesome,” “I Gotta Go,” and “Hate To See You Gone” as played by the Stones are where rock crosses over into the blues. Watts’ drums and the guitars of Wood and Richard drive the music away from the sparseness of the originals but Jagger’s vocals are spot on.

The Stones could not issue a blues album without a couple of Howlin’ Wolf songs. “Hate To See You Gone” and “Commit A Crime” reach a little deeper into his catalog foe some straight blues interpretations.

The Otis Rush song “I Can’t Quit You Baby” has the style that fits Jagger well and would have been at home on their early albums. Lightning Slim’s “Hoo Doo Blues” is a joyous romp.

The Rolling Stones may not re-invent the blues with Blue & Lonesome but they do re-invent themselves. They prove that you can teach an old dog old tricks.


Get Off Of My Cloud By The Rolling Stones

June 2, 2016

The Rolling Stones solidified themselves as one of rock music’s most popular and important bands when “Get Off Of My Cloud” became their second number one single in the United States.

The Stones now had their own jet for travel and were headlining shows rather than just being a support act.

“Get Off Of My Cloud” reached number one on November 6, 1965 and remained on top of the music world for two weeks.

Satisfaction By The Rolling Stones

March 3, 2016

On July 10, 1965, one of the iconic songs in rock and roll history reached the top of the singles chart in the United States.

One of the most famous riffs in music history was born late at night when Keith Richards couldn’t sleep. He kept playing the chords over and over and finally recorded them into a small cassette player. And so “Satisfaction” was born.

Richards never intended for the song to be released as a single. Luckily he was over ruled and it became their first American number one, staying on top for four weeks.

Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) 45 by The Rolling Stones

October 28, 2012

The Rolling Stones had formed as a raw rhythm & blues/rock band. Their first United States chart single. “Not Fade Away,” reached number 48 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during the early summer of 1964. Their follow-up single in the USA, “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’ peaked at number 24 during the summer of 1964.

It was the first Jagger/Richards composition to be released as the A side of a single. It was still a fairly raw sound but contained elements of their rock sound for which they would become famous. It was also a very early ballad and more would follow as the years passed.

Today it remains notable as the first Stones single to crack the top 40 in the United States.

In Another Land 45 by Bill Wyman

June 9, 2012

Bill Wyman always had a difficult time getting his music recorded by The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were the writers and leaders of the band and The Stones were one of the best and most successful rock bands in music history.

While recording the album THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST, Bill Wyman arrived at the studio not knowing that the session had been canceled. He recorded “In Another Land” with Steve Marriott on guitar, Ronnie Lane providing backing vocals, Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, and Charlie Watts providing the drum work. He sang and played bass.

The song fit in with the album’s music and was included. It was releaseed as a single under his own name, but only reached number number 87 during late 1967. It was an odd and dreamy piece of psychedelic pop that had tough going on AM radio at the time.

When he left the Stones during 1997, he found an outlet for his music with his band The Rhythm Kings.

Miss You 45 by The Rolling Stones

March 17, 2012

Another of the Stones songs from their funk/disco period that took them away from their rock roots. It proved to he a huge hit reaching number one on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in the United States.

The song was not as tight as many of the Rolling Stones songs as Mick Jagger and keyboardist Billy Preston added a jam like quality to it.

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE placed the song at number 498 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. I still don’t get it.