I think I listen to this album more than any Stones album.
Great songs, great arrangements, great musicians, great performances. But talk is cheap. So give a listen to ‘Struggle, Take It So Hard, You Don’t Move Me’ and ‘I Could Have Stood You Up.’
Word has it that this 1988 recording was during a period when Keith and Mick weren’t getting along to well. Hence the song, ‘You Don’t Move Me.’
The thing that most impressed me during these sessions was the band that Keith assembled. Later to be dubbed ‘The X-pensive Winos.’
He had Waddy Wachtel on guitar, Steve Jordan on drums, Ivan Neville on keys. Guest appearances by NRBQ’s Joey Spampinato, Bobby Keys, Bootsy Collins!, Chuck Leavell and even some guy named Mick Taylor.
Talk is Cheap was produced by Keith Richards and Steve Jordan and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Top 200.
Here’s a live version of ‘Struggle’ followed by ‘You Don’t Move Me Anymore.’
Today’s Cool Album of the Day is….Could there be any other choice for today? ……. The Rolling Stones,’ “Exile On Main Street.”
Not a bad album huh? I’m sure we know about the reissue today. I don’t have it yet. I’m sure I’ll get it. I’ve heard mixed things about the new tracks. I’ll make up my mind for myself, thank you.
This album contains possibly my favorite Stones track. One of the Stones most complex tunes, ‘Rocks Off.’ Completely under-rated and under appreciated.
Some better known Stones classics also appeared here. You know them. ‘Tumbling Dice, Happy, All Down the Line,’ and ‘Let it Loose.’
Besides Mick, Keith, Bill, Mick and Charlie, were also treated to some great guest musicians here. Nicky Hopkins, Lisa Fischer and Bobby Keys (of course), but also Al Perkins, Billy Preston and Dr. John, etc etc.