Memo From Jagger
Hello! This is the second Not Coming To A Theater Near You Rock Follies post — head over here to read Rod Bastanmehr’s review of Jean Luc Godard’s Rolling Stones flick Sympathy For The Devil (One Plus One).
After the Peppery psychedelic excesses of Their Satanic Majesties Request, the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet has become known as a “back to roots” effort. And in some ways, that’s true — the album is largely folk/blues/country-based, but it’s also as self-conscious and arty as anything the Stones had done up to that point. Makes sense, then, that they hired Godard to document the sessions. What I’ve got for your downloading pleasure today is a homemade comp mostly drawing from those sessions, but also incorporating various tracks from the same 1968-69 era. Lots of alternate mixes/instrumentals/stray tracks + guest spots from the likes of Ry Cooder and Marianne Faithfull. I think it makes for a nice listen: Black Mass blues, junkie psychodramas, sardonic country rock, and some just plain killer rock ‘n’ roll.