Posted by keef on October 12, 1999 at 10:20:58:
In Reply to: The genius of C.Watts posted by Syph on October 11, 1999 at 18:59:50:
A big part of the Charlie Watts genius is having great basic song structures to work with as well as having two brilliant songwriters as his employers. Mick did write the song originally as an acoustic, folk song in a Dylanesque style. It was Keith who suggested the samba beat and the tempo change. Keith also plays bass on the song as well as the blistering lead guitar solo. Anita Pallenberg suggested the woo-woo chant.
: After reading that many people's all time favorite Stones track is Sympathy...it got me to thinking...if it wasn't for the ingenuity of Charles Watts, that song may have fallen into Stones obscurity rather than becoming one of their most loved tunes...I've seen the film, and for my money, without Charlies input on this song, we'd be listening to a slower, folkier Sympathy now...I can damn near guarantee that (although they are brilliant) Keith and Mick DID NOT come up with the samba idea for that song. They just didn't have the musical breadth that they were to get in years to come at the time of Sympathy to make a drumming call like this. Once that beat came into play - it was all free sailing. So for all the people that complain that M.Taylor doesn't get enough song writing credit etc. - remember just how much Chucky Dubbyou has done for our ears.
: Sorry if this has been discussed before.
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