Lighting up in ’66
Explaining to Ian Stewart what Andrew Oldman meant by “too ugly” (notice the difference in the size of their heads).
I’m re-posting these Jimmy Reed impersonations done by the Rolling Stones sans Mick Jagger in an L.A. studio circa 1981– My First Plea, My Second Plea, My Third Plea, and Jimmy Reed Jam since they’re rather hard to come by, and are probably the last really good studio recordings done by any of the Rolling Stones (unless you count the Keith Richards’ produced Rasta gospel group The Wingless Angels, whose album is incredible, you can find it in two parts here). My First Plea is one of my favorite Jimmy Reed songs, the lyrics are amazing– “Don’t pull no subway/I’d rather see you pull a train” (translation: don’t leave me, I’d rather see you gangbanged). The Mick-less Stones really capture the Jimmy Reed Vee Jay sound, right down to the compression on the cymbals. While I’m at it, I thought I’d throw in Keith’s ’66 demo for Dandelion– Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Blue, one of his most under rated tunes, once again, Mick is nowhere in sight. Also here is Keith and Charlie’s tribute to Charles Mingus’ Lord Don’t Drop That Atom Bomb On Me. This was recorded for Hal Willner’s tribute to Charles Mingus LP- Weird Nightmares (1992). Keith shows here how to play jazz without playing big, jazz chords, no mean feat. You also get to hear Charlie Watts’ only recorded drum solo (unless you count the four bars of Get Off Of My Cloud). Bobby Keyes is on sax. Hal if you want me to pull it just let me know. Ah, hell, here’s one more, recorded when Mick finally showed up at the ’81 session that the Jimmy Reed stuff was cut– a cover of Freddie Cannon’s classic Tallahassie Lassie. Mick always said Brown Sugar was a re-write of Tallahassie Lassie, this proves it.
Addendum/Re-postings: Since none of the pre- Oct 15, 2009 links work anymore (see Old Links) I’ve been thinking about reposting some of the things that are simply impossible to find anywhere else. The JD & the Hoods version of Rumble (Barbarian) from the second Jim Dickinson posting and William Burroughs reading Junkie are at the top of my list, but if you have any requests get them in now. The Great Lost Hasil Akdins album is here. Don’t ask me to post anything on Norton or any thing that is in print on a small label like Bear Family, Ace, etc. as I don’t want to hurt their business, I imagine that the small labels are having a tough enough time these days.