Saturday, 6 October 2018

The Rolling Stones - Metamorphosis (1975)


 

Released June 1975

This was a sort of official release by ABKCO records five years after severing their ties with The Rolling Stones. It was, for many years, the only album of Rolling Stones outtakes around. It has no chronological arrangement, however, the tracks are included willy-nilly. So, with that in mind, here is where they are sourced form:-

"Out Of Time" - recorded in 1966. Shorter than the extended version that appeared on "Aftermath".
"Don't Lie To Me" - 1964
"Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" - 1964
"Each And Every Day Of The Year" - 1964
"Heart Of Stone" - 1964 (with Jimmy Page on guitar).
"I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys - 1965
"(Walkin' Through The) Sleepy City - 1964
"We're Wastin' Time" -1964
"Try A Little Harder" - 1964
"I Don't Know Why" - 1969 - on the night the news broke of Brian Jones' death. For the "Let It Bleed" sessions.
"If You Let Me" - 1966 - for the "Aftermath" sessions.
"Jiving Sister Fanny" - 1969 - for the "Let It Bleed" sessions.
"Downtown Suzie" - 1969 - for the "Let It Bleed" sessions
"Family" - 1968 - for the "Beggars' Banquet" sessions
"Memo From Turner" -1968 - a different version to that released by Mick Jagger in 1970.
"I'm Going Down" - 1969

The quality is varying, although all the tracks are of interest - the blues rock of "Don't Lie To Me" would not have been out of place on any of the early albums. The early Eastern-influence on "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" is a definite pointer toward later material. "I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys" had a huge Beatles influence and it was probably better left off albums, leaving The Stones to forge their own identity. The track was impressively covered by Ronnie Spector, replacing "boys" with "girls" on her 2016 album, "English Heart". The blues rock of "Jiving Sister Fanny" and "Memo From Turner" are excellent, but "Downtown Suzie", with its airs of Dylan's "Rainy Day Women" and awful backing vocals, was best left on the cutting-room floor. Their cover of Stevie Wonder's "I Don't Know Why" is muscular, with a rocking guitar solo and powerful brass backing. One of the best cuts on the album. They make it sound like a bluesy Stones rocker. The guitar-driven rock of "I'm Going Down" uses a riff they would imply a lot more in the seventies and eighties. This is another good one. The album ends strongly.

Overall, this is an interesting album for completists, but certainly not essential.

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