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Rolling Stones honor album 'Tattoo You' with 9 new tunes

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I remember fondly when this one came out. 'Start Me Up' is an epic classic, it always gets the crowd in an uproar (I've seen them twice), 'Waiting On a Friend' is a lovely ballad from the harsh winter of 1982, 'Hang Fire' and 'Neighbors' have that typical Jaggeresque cockiness and snarling lyrics, and 'Slave' and 'Little T & A' got some FM radio airplay too. Of those two, the former features Solly Rollins on sax while Mick sing-speaks some lyrical train-of-thought nonsense. The latter is a Chuck Berry-inspired number sung by Keith (you can heer Mick sneer and snarl in the background). And 'Heaven' is such a delight - a New Wavish number where Mick's fasetto floats amongst some synthesizer landscape.

'Steel Wheels' is the first Rolling Stones album I bought and as great and diverse as it is, this one I bought next and it has the same distinction for me. People who think the stones 'peaked' in the 60s and 70s are wrong. They have never stopped rolling, never stopped being relevant, never stopped experimenting, and their shows still fill up the stadiums. It's a rite-of-passage to go to a Stones show, they are essential to rock'n'roll. Catch 'em while you can.

And I can't wait to get the 2 CD set. I already have a 2 CD set from that tour, it's a Japanese-only release and it's great.

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OMG, Keith's gone bald.

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Finally some good news comes out of this section,

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Saw them on their Tattoo You Tour back about a hundred years ago. It was their first good album in a few years.

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It that the new Madame Tussauds Rolling Stones update?

I sometime wonder if the Rolling Stones have not be writing the same song for the last 50 odd years.

But hey, who am I to criticize, I guess it is matter of taste.

And after all Keff and Co are well loved.

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The Rolling Bones are indestructible.

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I have several versions of Tattoo, with alternate takes and demo's 1972-1980. Quite different from the final release in 1981.

"Start Me UP!"

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Saw them in very early seventies. Prefer the Dead any ole day.

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Slave 1981 the second track there's a longer version 6:34

"Like almost everything on Tattoo You, this grunting, growling stomp was recorded years earlier – in Rotterdam, during the Black and Blue sessions. It’s a five-minute, cowbell-thwacking jam, with funky organ from Billy Preston and the great Sonny Rollins on sax. It’s also a superb showcase for the range of Jagger‘s voice, which leaps from soul-man falsetto to bluesy moans."

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Is this a nostalgia act or a wax museum piece? Grandpa needs find his rocking chair.

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ShinkansenCaboose

Saw them in very early seventies. Prefer the Dead any ole day.

We don't need to decide one or the other except for live performances. I too love the Grateful Dead.

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If I had to pick a favorite, Exile on Main St, or Sticky Fingers......

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The danger here is they inadvertently become a parody tribute band of the Rolling Stones.

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Richard GallagherAug. 22  08:12 pm JST

Is this a nostalgia act or a wax museum piece? Grandpa needs find his rocking chair.

Like I said, a Rolling Stones show is a right of passage. I've seen quite a number of younger people there too, and some families with little children. And yes older folks too. At the 2015 show I went to, some guy looking like Jerry Garcia asked me if this was my first and I said 'Second'. He first saw the Stones in Detroit in the late 60s.

When I was stationed at a Navy base in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 80s, I found out about that ill-fated free (!) gig they did at the Altamonte Speedway in 1969. The Rolling Stones have a long legendary history and we all have our memories. I have mine of the two times I saw them.

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We won't fade away,

We'll play until our last breath.

With our dreams,

To outlast

All those who doubt.

Growing old does not make us cronies.

Grew up with the Stones and others.

Many lost on the way.

It's all about the music

And the life.

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If I had to pick a favorite, Exile on Main St, or Sticky Fingers......

Agree

I’ve never been a big fan but Tattoo you had a lot of good hits. Mic’s beginning vocals on waiting on a friend are permanently stuck in my head.

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1981: Start me up!

2021: Lock me down!

Silliness aside, I’m pulling out the record player.

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Still going strong. With the exception of Brian Jones, it's hard to believe they've all made it this far with their lifestyle, especially Keith Richards. Truman Capote traveled with the Rolling Stones for a short time on one of their concert tours back in the 70s and he said it was like living in a blue movie for two weeks.

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Charlie Watts never used drugs or alcohol. Jagger gave up drugs more than 25 years ago and does a daily health exercise workout. Keith seems to have given up most drugs except tobacco. Woods is clean these days.

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Keith Richards’ autobiography is a great read. Capote said that without him you couldn’t have had The Rolling Stones. It’s a very insightful read.

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zichiAug. 23  12:41 pm JST

Charlie Watts never used drugs or alcohol. Jagger gave up drugs more than 25 years ago and does a daily health exercise workout. Keith seems to have given up most drugs except tobacco. Woods is clean these days.

Don't you know that every cigarette you smoke takes 10 minutes off your life and then God gives it to Keith rRchards? Both times i've seen the Stones he'd smoke a cigarette. Do the math, one cigarette/song, 20 - 25 song set. A whole pack or more. how many packs per day? He's the biggest chain smoker i've ever seen!

Never mind that when you see a photo of him, what's he got in his hand? Every time.

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Charlie Watts is dead at 80.

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So sad to hear Charlie has passed away; RIP Charlie.

You were a true great and a true gent too. The Stones will surely miss you and your truly special style .

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0rei0Today  03:15 am JST

So sad to hear Charlie has passed away; RIP Charlie.

You were a true great and a true gent too. The Stones will surely miss you and your truly special style .

Very sad news. I've seen Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, Richie Ramone, Phil Collins, Nick Mason but nobody played like Charlie. Now I'm Sad Sad Sad.

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