Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Slogging Through Life
As I reach just passed the halfway point of the Keith Richards' tome, I've decided that I've read enough to complain. Sure, it's HIS life and book. But man Keef, if you're gonna drop musical bombs, you can't just leave us hanging.
If you knew that "Brown Sugar" was all Mick's, then God bless you, because I didn't. So was "Moonlight Mile." For real. I was also delighted to find out that one of my favorite Stones songs "Surprise, Surprise" from one of my favorite Stones' albums, "Now," was all Keith. This is the type of stuff that gets casual mention, while the size of Marianne Faithful's tits, or a trip to Morocco with Anita Pallenberg and a man called Achmed Hole-In-Head gets more air time than the Deer Hunter wedding reception.
Early on, it's Brian this, and Brian that, and Brian plays this, and Brain snorts that. Then, as you see 1969 in your rear view mirror, it's "Oh yeah, Brian's dead now." NEXT!
"Life," the book, feels like a collection of demos. Passages go on too long, never quite gelling. Great ideas seem to be left for later overdubbing. It's appropriately addictive, yet never quite satisfying.
I am at the point where the band is about to record "Exile On Main Street." Too bad the hype surrounding the deluxe edition of the CD pretty much covered everything, otherwise I'd be jonesin' for some first hand shit. We'll see. There's another 300 pages to come.
Of course, I can't escape the need for a soundtrack when I read about the music I love, so I've been shuffling the Stones library with great enthusiasm....and I found something good.
Recorded at Madison Square Garden on the 13th of September, in the year 2005, presumably by some guy with 2 stealth microphones crammed happily into his Orioles cap, or unhappily into somewhere worse, here is a version of "19th Nervous Breakdown" that I absolutely love.
The recording is marred by the usual drunken yappers. But it is fine enough to hear a band, 40 years after the fact, still hitting the groove that makes the Rolling Stones the Rolling Stones.
I love this recording. It's not the arrangement you'd expect. That's what makes it special. And don't even get me started on Charlie, who is still carrying this band.
19TH NERVOUS BREAKDOWN