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Posted by Keno on November 16, 1999 at 14:27:32:
Okay, it still might be awhile till they go into the studio again to record the next album but like all Stones fans I want something great to happen next time around. How can they do this? Let me tell ya. The last two week I've been holed up in my home cause of visions problems and awaiting for this damn eye surgery to happen. So I've been listening to lots of music to past the time. Since my computer has a big size monitor I can still somewhat see my screen pretty good. So I have been working on expanding the rock section of this site with reviews of some of my favorite rock albums. I see several things in common for what makes a great album. Yes I already knew this was the case with the Stones but now I see it seems to work for everybody else too when it comes to recording. In a nutshell - make it simple and don't be fancy. But let me throw the shell away and list what I think would help make the next Stones album a classic.
1) Get back to basics. Take a hint from Paul McCartney's new album. The Stones don't need 25 takes for one song. Two or three takes should be the limit, if they can't gel by then go on to something else.
2) Use only ONE producer. Better yet, just let the Glimmer Twins do it unless they can bring Jimmy Miller back from the grave. The biggest problem with B2B was way to many cooks in the kitchen.
3) Get rid of the session people! Some of their best albums have had very little outside help. Lets have Mick, Keef, Ronnie and Charlie go it alone. Keef & Ronnnie can handle all the bass and guitars, Mick & Keef all the keyboards. Ok, if the need for a sax player comes by, go back to Bobby Keys then.
4) Keef needs to play his guitar like its 1969 again. Why not? Don't tell me I'm hung up on the "old days", I already know this and back then Keef was at his best. Why not another Let It Bleed? It can be done if they want to do it and we need that good old Keith Richards lead guitar. Let Keef sing lead on just one cut, let him get back to his great guitar riffs of yesterday. He still has it in him, I know it!
5) They got to want to do it. You really gotta want to play the blues for it to happen.
I think Keef does. But what about Mick? I say forget about these young kids you were
trying to impress on B2B. These kids do not buy Rolling Stones albums. Think about your
true fans, who do. I think most of us want the Boys to get back to the way it was. VL was
an ok album and in
pointed to the right direction, but it was not the whole deal, just part of it.
6) No more than nine or ten songs on the next album. For the most part the best all time rock albums have had 8 or 9 songs on them. Same thing with the Stones LPs. Look at LIB. Or Beggars Banquet. We don't need 16 new tracks if six of them are only so-so. I think this is a big key to the next album.
7)Ron Wood needs to be a big part of this album. We need his slide guitar all over it.
Well, there you go. I really believe they could pull off one hell of an album if they
did this. Do you think this is asking to much?....Do you think the Stones just can't put
our another great album again?.....Do you think going back to the way they used to record
is really that bad?.......I don't.