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The Rolling Stones Project
Let it Bleed
Get Your Ya Ya's Out
A Bigger Bang
The Biggest Bang
Rolling Stones Project
So what is The Rolling Stones
Project? Is it any good? Who is Tim Ries? For answers to those question
and more read on.
The Rolling Stones Project
is remakes of ten Rolling Stones classics arranged by Tim Ries, plus one original
Ries composition to close the disc. Ries is a well-known and popular sideman
well-known in the jazz world. In 1999, he was offered the opportunity to
join the Rolling Stones on their No Security tour, and he has been
with them ever since.
For the album, Tim Ries, did a phenomenal job assembling a superb cast of
musicians and arranging the material. The styles of the remakes are quite
diverse ranging from fusion to R&B, pop to Latin, from upbeat to mellow, and include
both instrumental and vocal based music. Though, "Wild Horses"
is the only song with vocals throughout the whole song, whereas on the
other tracks the singing generally just includes the chorus or accents,
while the versus are melodically sung with the sax or guitar.
The tracks are long enough to
allow ample time to explore the melody, but not so long that it loses the
listener. The one aspect of the Rolling Stones music that isn't present in
these arrangements is the infamous dual guitar weaving, and frequent gorgeous piano
fills. Except for "Slippin' Away," which features Richards and
Wood in a modern jazz
approach to the song. The vocal and saxophone dialogue to close the song
features Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, and Darryl Jones.
There are two versions of "Honky
Tonk Women," the first is jazzy, while the second is in the mold of the
original. They're both great! If you file this CD under Tim Ries, you'll
likely prefer the first rendition, if you store it within your Rolling
Stones collection, you'll likely favor the latter version. The second take
features Keith Richards and
Charlie Watts helping out and includes crunchy rhythm and lead guitar,
superb sax and piano contributions, and back-up vocals that perfectly tie
Jones fans will certainly
want need this gorgeous version
Horses." It is not a replacement for the Stones version as that is a
definitive version. But the country based classic is given a delightful
jazz pop treatment with gorgeous singing and saxophone.
There are lots are great guitar
passages. Richards rocks "Honky Tonk Women" to everyone's
satisfaction, pun intended. Bill Frisell performs solidly on four tracks
including the gorgeous duet with Ries on "Ruby Tuesday." John
Scofield adds several lightning runs to the opening song, "(I Can't
Get No) Satisfaction." Ben Monder performs on three tracks and is
afforded ample time to experiment on a spacey instrumental during "Gimmie
The solid results on The
Rolling Stones Project isn't cause to throw your Rolling Stones
records away. Nevertheless this is a keeper. That is, if you like jazz,
and / or Rolling Stones melodies. I've played it four times so far and
don't plan to put it on the shelf yet; it gets better with each
Barry Small ©
1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
2. Honky Tonk Women-Organ Trio
3. Slippin' Away
4. Street Fighting Man
5. Wild Horses
6. Waiting on a Friend
7. Paint It Black
8. Honky Tonk Women-Keith's Version
9. Ruby Tuesday
10. Gimme Shelter
Beggars Banquet is an
excellent Rolling Stones album featuring them in a creative period
where they are really beginning to find an
identity, that is, a smorgasbord of many of their musical
influences, while making it their own. With this album, they take
their rock 'n roll, psychedelic riffs, and blues to mold a
masterpiece; they even offer some gospel to close the album with
"Salt of the Earth," and Irish folk with "Factory
With the 2002 remastering
the instruments sounds incredibly crisp, with Bill Wyman's bass
lines really sounding fresh, but more than that, everything, is heard with perfect
clarity. Special kudos to Nicky Hopkins as throughout the album he
includes brilliant piano fills and solos, frequently adding the
perfect ending to a song.
The albums starts with its
strongest track, "Sympathy For The Devil" that has a
simple melody that gets its lasting appeal by having all the right
phrasing and accents. They move right into the bluesy "No
Expectations," that offers excellent guitar voicing's that complement
Jagger's singing. On Beggar's Banquet the Stones blues
approach is more to the rural roots in the style of Robert
than Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy
Many of the tracks offer
psychedelic undertone to their nature including their "Street
Fighting Man." Personally, we think the song is overrated, but
it does have a nice rhythmic feel to it.
"Stray Cat Blues"
is rock song in the Rolling Stones style with upbeat blues inferences. The cool
feel to the song has its foundation set with the bass line and is enhanced by
a complementary rhythm guitar pattern, and
perfect piano fills. The guitar melody fills are not as interesting.
Beggars Banquet is not
filled with as many hits as some of the other Rolling Stones albums,
but it has its share. It does offer a nice flow to the album
blending many different styles. The sonic upgrade with the 2002
remastering warrants an upgrade. Barry Small ©
It Bleed review
How do you like your blues? The Rolling Stones serves it up in a variety of ways on
Let it Bleed. This album was recorded between the Brian Jones and Mick Taylor periods and Keith Richards is the only guitarist on most tracks. Taylor's only appearance is on "Country Honk."
There are several acoustic based numbers. What gets the most discussion is their
interpretation of Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain" and then the reinterpretation on "Honky Tonk Woman" entitled "Country Honk." Both tracks have elements of brilliance. "Love In Vain" features great interaction between Ry Cooder on mandolin and Keith Richards on guitar, and during the second instrumental Mick Jagger sings some high notes to
complement Keith and Ry, with a real tight segue back in to verse .. All, My
Love's In Vain. While not a replacement for the original, "Country Honk" effectively establishes a real foot tapping bluegrass effect with fiddle as
a dominant instrument.
Of all the acoustic numbers, I like the title track best. The melody of this track is a slide guitar riff that is very
reminiscent of the style Dylan used on his 1966 classic Highway 61
Revisited, very Johnny
Winter Texas blues like.
"Monkey Man" shows a glimpse of the direction the band would take in the albums to follow.
That is, classic Rolling Stones rock 'n roll with an upbeat mood, and those Stones style
riffs; the introduction and refrain are the best parts of the track. Along the same rock lines "Live With Me's" charm is derived from
Wyman bass riff, crunchy guitar riffs and string bending, rolling piano.
Let It Bleed includes three hits "Gimmie Shelter," "Midnight Rambler," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" that continue to get radio play. The latter track incorporates some orchestra effects.
Let it Bleed is an essential Rolling Stones album. It offers a sensational variety of blues material that is unique to this
era of the Stones career, with only
Beggar's Banquet coming close to establishing this musical statement. Barry Small ©
Your Ya Ya's Out review
Your Ya Ya's Out offers an excellent sampling of live Rolling Stones just after Mick Taylor joined the band. The renditions of the material sound totally different
than the album versions, without the studio polish, so this is a supplement to the albums, not a replacement.
I am so familiar with the original versions that it took a few listens to
get used to these renditions, but after a few spins I love this album.
The interpretations here are generally raw and powerful. The rhythm section holds the foundation down perfectly and the guitarist wail.
A few of the highlights include exquisite interchange between the guitarists on "Stray Cat Blues."
One of my favorite tracks is their interpretation of Robert Johnson's "Love's In Vain" that features Mick Taylor playing some wicked slide guitar and Wyman throws in some nice bass runs.
"Sympathy For The Devil" has some crunchy riffs by Keith with a nasty tone, before handing things off to Mick Taylor for some less effective wailing. "Carol" is excellent with the rolling piano riffs and Taylor's riffs superbly enhancing the track as Keith dominates on the guitar.
"Street Fighting Man" Mick goes on a tear with Keith hitting some heavy power chords.
Get You Ya Ya's Out is a superb live album. Which leads to the question of why the
Rolling Stones don't release more concert material from their Taylor years.
certain to get the remastered version from 2002.
Sticky Fingers is
arguably the Rolling Stones best album. While their last two albums,
Beggar's Banquet and Let
It Bleed, were very blues oriented this has a more diverse blend
of music. While offering elements of those offerings it also
ventures into more of a rock approach, and erases most of the
psychedelic inferences that were common to Brian Jones' guitar style.
Sticky Fingers is
the first studio record that includes Mick Taylor on the whole album.
He was sure a good choice as his lead work and interaction with
Richards is superb.
The upbeat material with
rock 'n roll leanings is excellent with tracks such as "Brown
Sugar" and "Bitch." The former gets all the praise
with its catchy riff, while the latter shouldn't be overlooked,
powered by Wyman's bass line. "Can't You Hear Me
Knocking," a lengthy rock tune that offers great dual rhythm
guitar from the inception and continues throughout. Not to mention
an extended instrumental section featuring excellent sax and guitar.
I never get tired of this one.
They continue with their
acoustic blues Robert Johnson style with a cover of Fred McDowell's
"You Gotta Move," as well as a more modern blues approach
with "Sister Morphine." The Rolling Stones venture into
the country genre with "Wild Horses" that features Mick
Taylor on 12 string and Keith contributing an extraordinarily good
Then to tie all the styles
together we have "Dead Flowers." It opens with a country
feel and has excellent dueling guitar with rock and blues leanings.
This song is underrated big time.
Sticky Fingers has plenty
of big hits but the whole album is great. The only average song is
the last one, "Moonlight Mile," and it picks up towards
the 3:30 minute mark. Welcome aboard Mr. Taylor. Barry Small ©
Grade A +
I remember when
Some Girls was released and liking it back then, but even more so as I write this review in 2005. Years ago, I was seeking more of a
dazzling guitar solo, something explosive. Some Girls does offer some peaks, though in
subtle ways. Rather, the charm of this album is built on the guitar weaving between Keith Richards and Ron Wood. They also blend harmonica into their compositions creatively on tracks such as "Miss You" or the conclusion of "Some Girls."
Some Girls offers a lot of upbeat tracks with some hitting really frenzied
plateaus, most notably on "When the Whip Comes Down," but also on "Lies," and the Chuck Berry flavored "Respectable." They change gears for some
country with the pedal steel guitar heavy "Far Away
Eyes" featuring Ron Wood.
One of the other better guitar parts is the cleaver riff and straight forward guitar solo from the title track. The Richards sung "Before They Make Me Run" has a superb "Brown Sugar" like intro riff, but
it doesn't close to matching that songs greatness; though the musical conversation between Richards and Wood during the instrumental
One thing not present on this album is the gorgeous piano that complements most Rolling Stones
albums. The horns are not dominate either, but they are present on "Miss
You" courtesy of Mel Collins.
Adding everything up, it would be criminal to grade Some Girls anything lower than A -. Not too many weak moments. One thing missing is, in my opinion, is that one killer classic Stones track. Or, perhaps that is what makes this album hold together so well. Barry Small ©
Grade A -
Rolling Stones Title New CD and World Tour A Bigger Bang
First All-New Studio Album in 8 Years to Be Released September 6th on
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Tour Kickoff August 21st at Fenway Park in Boston
NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/26/2005 -- The Rolling Stones new CD,
"A Bigger Bang," will be released September 6, 2005, on Virgin
Records. Continuing their historic songwriting partnership, Mick Jagger
and Keith Richards began the creative process last autumn and were later
joined in the recording studio by Charlie Watts and Ron Wood. A Bigger
Bang features all new songs, and is the first studio album by The
Rolling Stones since the 1997 platinum-certified Bridges to Babylon.
While in the studio recording the album last year, the band came up with
the title A Bigger Bang reflecting their fascination with the
scientific theory about the origin of the universe.
The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang is an ambitious,
wide-ranging collection of hard-hitting, high-powered rock and blues
songs. Running a full sixteen tracks, it is the band's longest new album
since 1972's Exile on Main Street. Key cuts include "Streets
Of Love," the first international single; "Rough Justice,"
which will be targeted to U.S. rock radio formats; and "Back Of My
Hand," a raw, rough-edged new song in the classic Rolling Stones
blues style. Other titles include "It Won't Take Long,"
"Laugh, I Nearly Died" and "Rain Fall Down" as well as
two tracks featuring Keith Richards' lead vocal, "This Place Is
Empty," and "Infamy."
A Bigger Bang was produced by Don Was and The
Glimmer Twins. Was previously co-produced the Rolling Stones studio albums
Voodoo Lounge (1994) and Bridges to Babylon (1997) as well
as the new songs included in the greatest-hits collection Forty Licks
(2002). Was also co-produced the live album Stripped (1995), and
last year's critically hailed double-CD Live Licks.
The release of A Bigger Bang follows the August
21st tour kickoff at Fenway Park, in Boston. The Rolling Stones will once
again bring fans electrifying performances and state-of-the-art stage
production. Ticket sales have reached record highs, with fans already
purchasing 97% of all tickets currently available for sale.
A new song from A Bigger Bang, "Oh No, Not
You Again," was previewed in the band's surprise live set on the
balcony of New York's Juilliard School in May, at the announcement of the
tour. Following the completion of 35 scheduled dates in U.S and Canada,
the band will then tour Mexico, South America, the Far East, New Zealand,
Australia, and finally Europe, in the summer of 2006.
The Rolling Stones hold the record for the top 2
most-attended North American tours of all time. The U.S. leg of the
Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang tour is presented by Ameriquest
Mortgage Company. The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang world tour is
presented by Concert Productions International and produced by WPC
The Biggest Bang will be
available starting June 12 for $ 29.99 exclusively at all Best Buy stores
in the United States and at online www.BestBuy.com. Customers can
pre-order the four DVD set at www.BestBuy.com beginning today. It will
also be available in Canada at Best Buy stores as well as Future Shop
The Biggest Bang will be released
The Biggest Bang offers fans an
all access pass including a behind-the-scenes look from the Rolling
Stones' recent tour, A Bigger Bang - the biggest selling concert tour of
all time. Additionally, the DVD set features full length concerts from the
Rolling Stones historic show on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach,
which was attended by two million concert goers, and a concert in Austin,
Texas - a highlight of the U.S. tour.
"The Biggest Bang DVD set
lets fans join us as we traveled around the world," said the Rolling
Stones. "They will go behind the scenes at the Super Bowl, see us
play an intimate club show in Toronto and for 2 million people on the
beach in Rio, as well as gigs in Shanghai, Buenos Aires and Japan. It
features classics but also rarities --- songs we've never released before
The Biggest Bang is loaded with
rare songs and music. It includes exciting never-before-released duets
with artists including Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt and Eddie Vedder. There
are also rare, never-released tracks including "Get Up, Stand
Up" and "Mr. Pitiful," from a 2005 performance in Toronto.
The Biggest Bang features more than 55 songs and footage from around the
world, including concerts in Argentina, Japan and China.
"Four Flicks was great, but
practice makes perfect and The Biggest Bang is even better - it's got all
the right stuff," said tour promoter Michael Cohl. "It's great
to be back with Best Buy, and we're pleased that they have decided to
offer fans the same low price as they did with Four Flicks three years
This marks the second time that
Best Buy has worked with the Rolling Stones to release an exclusive DVD
set. In 2003, Best Buy released Four Flicks, a four-DVD set from the
Rolling Stones that was certified 19-times platinum and is the number one
selling concert (long form) DVD in U.S. history.
"We're excited to bring our
customers this exclusive DVD set giving fans an up close and personal look
at the Rolling Stones and showcasing some of their most dynamic
performances," said Gary Arnold, Best Buy's senior vice president of
entertainment. "This partnership reinforces our continued commitment
to bring unique entertainment into the homes of our customers. The Biggest
Bang is truly a world class entertainment experience, and we are honored
to be a part of this DVD launch."
The Biggest Bang was produced,
conceived and created by The Rolling Stones, Michael Cohl, and Concert