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Posted by StonesCat on August 25, 1999 at 23:12:15:

In Reply to: Re: LET IT LOOSE posted by Mr. Ventilator on August 25, 1999 at 16:46:26:

: : I just want to take advantage of this board, to homage one of the most underrated Rolling Stones tracks, which, as far as I'm concerned, is one of their Top 10 songs.
: : This, my friends, is LET IT LOOSE off Exile On Main St.
: : I know, I know, most people won't agree with the Top 10 thing. But it sure is one of their best songs in musical content.
: : Listen to it in your mind: The exquisite arpeggio in the intro and then Mick singing: "Who's that woman on your arm" (You can actually picture a '72 Classic-Mick singing the tune with his lips outwards and his eyes slightly closed.
: : Now, move to this part: "Carrying, carrying the bedroom blues...oooh oooh"...the drums, then the horn section (climax) with the same arpeggio pattern in the background and a few fills. Then Mick singing with the horns keeping the same pattern: "In the bar you're getting drunk...Oh yee-i-eh!".
: : Now, still with the same horn pattern listen in your mind to the peak of the song: "Maaaaaaaybe ya friend saaay, I'm just a stranger, a face you'll neeeeeeeever see no mooooore".
: : Play this song loud as soon as you're able, and feel the Stones themselves in all their splendour crawling through your veins!

: Yes, Let it Loose is clearly an underrated gem. One of many on Exile (Loving Cup, Ventilator Blues, Torn and Frayed..). Of course, I can't make them out myself, so I'll take your word for it on the lyrics. One of the plusses/minusses of Exile: the lyrics are almost incomprehensible, so you can project your own interpretatins onto them. Sort of like a Turner or a Monet, or even a Duchamp..

I've always heard that, but after a few listens I can make probably 80% of the words out. Hearing some of them played live over the last few tours has filled in some more of the blanks. Other albums would have benefited from that treatment.


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