From The Vault
Straight From The Vault
is a compilation of recordings the Stones
should have released by now, the Alternative
Studio Album in 2004. The Tracklist is based
on ideas I got from reading Chris M.'s webpages
"Lost Recording Sessions".
I made a compilation of the best outtakes
there are as far as musical and sound quality
are cncerned on one cd as the Stones would
have probably release a studion album of
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This is the Tracklist
Highway Child (MJ/KR); Probably recorded at KR's
house: Redlands, West Wittering, Sussex
UK, February 1968. It has the potential
to become a great Rock-Classic: a true “Warhorse”!
JUST LISTEN AND ROCK.
2. Criss Cross (MJ/KR);
Island Recording Studio s, London, from
May 28, 1973 on. Also known as “Save Me”.
This version is from “Dancing So Free” where
Mickboy re-mixed all Goat's Head Soup titles,
including this one. For me one of the best
songs of this compilation.
3. Fiji Jim (MJ/KR/RW);
Pathe Marconi Studio's Boulogne-Billancourt.
Jan.-March 1978. Swamp rockin' boogie! Coolest
chops since Dance Little Sister. Never commercially
seen the light of day. What A Shame. Similar
to Break The Spell from "Steel Wheels",
except it's a much stronger track. Chalked
full of names and numerology, which is a
bit unusual for Stones lyrics. Jagger delivers
a strong vocal with just the essential edge
of raspyness. Billy Dean is quite a character,
and would clearly fit in with the crowd
at the Voodoo Lounge!
4. What Gives You The Right
(MJ/KR); Redorded at RCA studio's, Los
Angeles, Aug – Sept'78. A typical Stones
ballad where country, blues and soul influences
are merged. A nice pedal-steel guitar to
finish it of. It again shows the Stones
are not “just” a Rock-band as they “own”
many musical styles.
5. FancyMan Blues (MJ/KR);Air
Studio's Montserrat West-Indies, March-May
1989; Was released on cd-single Mixed Emotions,
but never on any album. Back to the
6. We Had It All (T.Seals/D.Fritts);
Pathe-Marconi Studio's, Boulogne-Billancourt,
during various sessions from june
until september 1979. In every Stonesalbum
there is and should be a song where Keith
does the lead-vocals.I choose this one because
of the melancholy atmosphere Keith
is always able to produce.
Drift Away (Williams); Recorded at Stargroves (MJ's
house), Newbury,april '74 or at Island Recording
Studio's London, may'74. With Billy Preston
on organ. Could be a great song to play
live. Lots of 'sing-a-long' opportunites.
8. Too Many Cooks (MJ),
Record Plant Studios, LA, Nov. '73 or May'74.
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. Sadly, it was
not released soon after it was recorded
in the early Seventies. It would have been
ground breaking at the time. Technically,
it's not a Rolling Stones song, but another
early flirtation by Jagger to address a
solo career. The Bandline-up was: M.Jagger,
J.Keltner, A.Kooper, H.Nilsson, B.Keys,
J.Davis, T.Lawrence, D. Kortchmar. Produced
by John Lennon.
9. Do You Think I Really Care
(MJ/KR); Pathe Marconi Studio's Boulogne-Billancourt.
Jan.-March 1978. Also known as “Yellow Cab”.
An unfinished track with potential. A meandering
little country song with just the right
amount of Telecaster "twang".
Arguably a stronger number than Far Away
Eyes. Tasteful piano lines fill the voids.
Jagger seems pleased with the track as they're
going through it, and they went to the extent
of experimenting with two different versions
by altering Ronnie's guitar track.
Zip Mouth Angel (MJ/KR);
Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Ireland, November-December, 1993. A lovely
ballad with a simple open tuned guitar,
tom-tom drum, maracas, and backing keyboard.
The song has a Caribbean feel, and was perhaps
inspired by sessions in Barbados. FINISH
THIS SONG !
I Think I'm Going Mad (MJ/KR);
Compass Point Studio's, Bahama's, jan-feb
'79. Was released as B-side of the single
She was Hot in 1984.
12. So Young (MJ/KR); Pathe
Marconi Studios, Paris, sessions Oct.'77
– Mar'78. Maybe a song about a girl from
Texas. In the tradition of the infamous
"Ruby Tuesday" and "Stray
Cat Blues"... This is the first version
with original vocal. Great rhythm tone and
riff with splendid solo's from Ronnie Wood.
This was "too great to make you wait",
and was released on the Love Is Strong CD
single from 1994's "Voodoo Lounge".
13. Linda Lou (R.Sharpe);
Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas Jan
- Feb 1979; Rockabilly and 50's swing. This
is the third specific reference in this
series of unreleased transcriptions to a
guy named "Ronnie" (the other
two are heard within Figi Gin and Do You
Think I Care). There is a version of Star
Star from the 1997 tour where Jagger replaces
Ali McGraw with none other than Pattie Boyd,
former wife of George Harrison and Eric
Clapton, also the girl friend of one Ron
Wood, and is said to be the inspiration
of songs that include All You Need Is Love,
Layla, and Wonderful Tonight. Maybe
Jagger finds humor in making these references?
14. Claudine (MJ/KR); Pathe
Marconi Studio's Boulogne-Billancourt. Jan.-March
1978. Claudine is a biographical song about
Claudine Longet who was a lead dancer at
the Follies in Las Vegas. She was convicted
of negligent homocide of her second husband
15. Blood Red Wine (MJ/KR);
Olympic Studio's, London, May 1968. A Lovely
melodic ballad with somewhat morbid lyrics.
The mood of the song and even lyrics like
"wrap my coat around" are reminiscent
of the song Winter from "Goats Head
Soup". Musically, perhaps a closer
approximation to Sister Morphine.
Key To The Highway, (W.Broonzy, C.Segar);
Tour rehearsals, Sumet-Burnett Recording
Studios, Dallas, Texas, June 23, 1972. A
Classic Blues-song they also played
at the tribute gig for Ian Stewart in 1986.
This version -from rehearsals in '72- is
as it should be: RAW !!!
Dancing Girls (MJ, KR); Compass Point Studio's, Bahama's,
January-February 1979. Before finishing
this compilation we give you one more
typical Stones Rock'n Roll song. Play it
18. Separately (KR, MT);
Dynamic Sounds Studio's,
Kingston Jamaica, nov – dec '72. The
Stones Louging Away. One of the most hauntingly
beautiful outtakes I've heard. Even though
the quality is still rough, the beauty of
this unreleased gem still shines through!
What a treat to even have this version.
Taylor did indeed bring something
thatTthe Stones would never achieve again
after his departure.
Credits for liner
notes and other background information goes
to Chris M., Felix Aeppli and Nico Zentgraf.