Keep us blues....
Released in 2011
The extra tracks released on the “deluxe edition” of “Some Girls” were controversial for being enhanced versions of original out-takes and demos from the original sessions given a contemporary makeover by the Stones in 2010. Personally, I don’t mind this at all, it has allowed some previously unheard material to be given new life - fair enough.
What is also notable is that the sound quality on these new tracks is far superior to the tinny sound of the original album. It is like having a new Stones album and doesn’t detract from the original “Some Girls” at all.
2. So Young
3. Do You think I Really Care?
4. When You’re Gone
5. No Spare Parts
6. Don’t Be A Stranger
7. We Had It All
8. Tallahassee Lassie
9. I Love You Too Much
10. Keep Us Blues
11. You Win Again
12. Petrol Blues
This is a rollicking piece of piano-driven bar-room blues and is a great start to this collection of songs.
A solid piece of Stones rock, apparently it had been around on bootlegs for years and this latest recording doesn’t sound much different. It has a loose, rocking, “Exile On Main Street” feel to it. In fact, it rocks harder and more urgently than anything on the original “Some Girls”.
Do You Really Think I Care?
This has the country rock vibe of “Faraway Eyes” but it is faster in a sort of “Shattered” way. Jagger sings in that silly country voice again, something we have all just got used to and happily accept. Nobody else would get away with it would they? But it’s Mick Jagger, so we’ll forgive him most things. It is actually a really appealing track, so there you go.
When You're Gone has something “Some Girls” lacks - some copper-bottomed Stones blues. It is a bit like “Back Of My Hand” from “A Bigger Bang” but faster. No Spare Parts is a country style slow number sung in the same style as “Do You Think That I Really Care?” but it is another strong song. There is a real vibrancy to some of this material, you have to say.
Don't Be A Stranger is a vaguely reggae-sounding upbeat number with a summery breeziness to it. Time for a Keith song - We Had It All is typical Richards, being a slow, sleepy romantic ballad. Tallahassee Lassie is a very lively, southern bluesy cover of the old Freddy Cannon number. The Stones do it really well, full of vigour and enthusiasm with a hint of Creedence Clearwater Revival about their guitar sound. I Love You Too Much is a riffy, sensual Stones rocker in their late seventies/early eighties style.
Keep Up Blues
A more than welcome delicious helping of grinding, bassy blues. This is The Stones at their best and it is as good as anything they recorded in this period, to be honest. It has a great full sound to it too.
You Win Again
This sees the group go back to that good ol’ country bar. It is like the sort of song that Elvis Costello did on “Almost Blue”. It is an old Hank Williams song and was also covered by Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis on their album of the same name.
No Petrol is a throwaway bit of piano and vocal blues that sounds like one of those early Dylan songs. I’m sure that is what Jagger is trying to sound like, in a very tongue-in-cheek way.
I have to say that listening to this side by side with “Some Girls”, this is by far the better collection of songs. It has far less of that 1978 cod-disco synthesiser-style backing and far more of a rootsy Stones sound. I guess the former was thought to be more popular in 1978, hence the make-up of the eventual album. Give me these other songs any day, though, and their warmer, fuller, bassier sound.