Too Many Cooks

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Posted by Big Vic on December 21, 1999 at 13:21:15:

Found some info on this great rarity I thought some of you might find interesting:

Below is info on one of the best songs never to be released. If you've heard it, you know what I mean. Jagger sings and Lennon produces. Find a copy and pick it up. It will be worth your while.
Too Many Cooks (3:37)

This is a very interesting pre-funk soul number with great horns and an excellent vocal by Jagger. In many ways the song is years ahead of it's time, but unfortunately today it is so stylized that it sounds a bit dated. Sadly, it was not released soon after it was recorded in the early Seventies. It would have been ground breaking at the time, but clearly there must have been contractual problems with the artists comprising the supergroup that recorded it. Technically, it's not a Rolling Stones song, but another early flirtation by Jagger to address a solo career. Mick's first departure from the Stones being brought on by his film roles and the solo recording of Memo From Turner.

The band line-up (This information found in "Das Weissbuch" by Dieter Hoffmann, 1991):

Mick Jagger: Vocal

Harry Nilsson: Backing Vocal

Jim Keltner: Drums

Bobby Keys: Saxophone

J. Davis: Guitar

T. Lawrence: Sax

Danny Kortchmar: Guitar

Al Kooper: Keyboard

Produced by: John Lennon. May Pang has written about this song on he Internet. Apparently Lennon named the band "The Jim Keltner Orchestra"...or maybe it was simply called "The All Star Band". The song was possibly recorded during "The Jim Keltner Fan Club Hour", Record Plant Studio, West Los Angeles, November, 1973 or more likely a May, 1974 session. The '74 session places Pang with Lennon.

Found on EP's:

"Get Together!" Tobe Milo (40 1/2)

Found on LP's:

This song was a big favorite of underground record producers during the vinyl era...

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