Re: Stones Next Studio Album

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Posted by Fleabit Peanut Monkey on November 16, 1999 at 20:46:38:

In Reply to: Stones Next Studio Album posted by Keno on November 16, 1999 at 14:27:32:

Cool post, and lots of well-considered opinions. Ah, yes, that's right...that's the sort of thing that made this place great to begin with! I had almost forgotten!
I agree with much of what you've said, but I'm not so sure there IS a recipe for a classic album.

: 1) Get back to basics. Take a hint from Paul McCartney's new album.

Yeah, it IS a breath of fresh air, isn't it?

The Stones don't need 25 takes for one song...

That's just not the way the Stones have EVER worked. Listen to studio out-takes from ANY era: they often play CRAP for weeks before the magic happens. Keith literally played the riff for "Tumblin' Dice" for something like a day and a half straight before the sublime Exile version happened.

: 2) Use only ONE producer. ...

I have no real gripe with Don Was. But come to think of it, Daniel Lanois could sure cook up something different-sounding with them...

: 3) Get rid of the session people! ...this puzzles me. All of the Stones' masterpieces have session guys helping out. I'd sure give a lot to bring Nicky Hopkins back from the great beyond. What they should do, perhaps, is go back to the type of liner notes that Beggars Banquet credits, no who-played-what, no lyrics. Fewer distractions and less grist for the gripe-mill.

: 4) Keef needs to play his guitar like its 1969 again..

Geez, I thought he played like a GOD on the last two tours.

: 5) They got to want to do it.

I'm sure there must be at least a subconscious desire to come up with something that makes everyone say "whoah!", something that garners the acclaim of, say, Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind". I hope they do it, and that they do just what Bob did: keep right on playing.

: 6) No more than nine or ten songs on the next album.

As long as the extra 6 show up on b-sides, I'll go along with you on that one.

: 7)Ron Wood needs to be a big part of this album. We need his slide guitar all over it.

ok with me. Pedal steel too.

I think looking at Dylan's career arc is something the Stones should be doing to prepare for their twilight years.

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