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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During the mid-'70s, the Rolling Stones remained massively popular, but their records suffered from Jagger's fascination with celebrity and Keith's worsening drug habit. By 1978, both punk and disco had swept the group off the front pages, and Some Girls was their fiery response to the younger generation. Opening with the disco-blues thump of "Miss You," Some Girls is a tough, focused, and exciting record, full of more hooks and energy than any Stones record since Exile on Main St. Even though the Stones make disco their own, they never quite take punk on their own ground. Instead, their rockers sound harder and nastier than they have in years. Using "Star Star"...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During the mid-'70s, the Rolling Stones remained massively popular, but their records suffered from Jagger's fascination with celebrity and Keith's worsening drug habit. By 1978, both punk and disco had swept the group off the front pages, and Some Girls was their fiery response to the younger generation. Opening with the disco-blues thump of "Miss You," Some Girls is a tough, focused, and exciting record, full of more hooks and energy than any Stones record since Exile on Main St. Even though the Stones make disco their own, they never quite take punk on their own ground. Instead, their rockers sound harder and nastier than they have in years. Using "Star Star" as a template, the Stones run through the seedy homosexual imagery of "When the Whip Comes Down," the bizarre, borderline-misogynistic vitriol of the title track, Keith's ultimate outlaw anthem, "Before They Make Me Run," and the decadent closer, "Shattered." In between, they deconstruct the Temptations' "(Just My) Imagination," unleash the devastatingly snide country parody "Far Away Eyes," and contribute "Beast of Burden," one of their very best ballads. Some Girls may not have the backstreet aggression of their '60s records or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album. The joke goes like this: all the bonus material for Some Girls wound up on Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You, the two records that succeeded it, both heavily reliant on tracks started during the Some Girls sessions. Hardcore Stones collectors know that this isn't entirely true -- "Claudine," a nasty near-libelous three-chord boogie about Claudine Longet's shooting of her boyfriend Spider Sabich, frequently circulated on bootlegs -- but it didn't seem like there would be enough completed unheard material to fill out the 12-track bonus disc included in this 2011 Deluxe Edition. Turns out that assumption was wrong. Part excavated original outtakes, part recently completed in 2011 by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Don Was, this bonus disc plays like a complete, coherent companion to the original album, touching upon the same sleaze, down-and-dirty boogie, citified country, and blues as the original. What's missing is the downtown disco that fueled "Miss You" but it's not missed, partially because the Glimmer Twins and Was have gotten much better at blurring the lines between the past and present, so the whole record feels as of one piece. Listen closely and there are occasionally some giveaway tics in Mick's vocals that date them as a recent vintage, but there are no cuts that sound like latter-day Stones, the way "Following the River" did on the Exile on Main St. bonus disc, nor are there alternates or early versions of beloved songs. Without these, Some Girls' bonus disc feels like an actual album and it's filled with terrific moments: the aforementioned "Claudine" and its filthy cousin "So Young," Keith's mournful reading of Waylon Jennings' "We Had It All" and a careening version of Hank Williams' "You Win Again," the blues "When You're Gone" and "Keep Up Blues," the straight-ahead rocker "I Love You Too Much" and its poppy counterpart "Do You Think I Really Care," a raucous "Tallahassee Lassie," all capped off by the ragged Mick at the piano throwaway "Petrol Blues." Cagey as ever, the Stones hide which of these are full-fledged outtakes and which are recent refurbishments very well, but ultimately it doesn't matter: this is a tremendous expansion of a classic album by every measure. [The Super Deluxe Edition contains a bonus DVD -- featuring music videos and a teaser of the simultaneously released Some Girls: Live in Texas '78 video -- a 7" single of "Miss You," a hardcover book, and plenty of bonus material, including postcards and prints and a poster.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527840550
  • Catalog Number: 001623502
  • Sales rank: 12,268

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miss You (4:48)
  2. 2 When the Whip Comes Down (4:20)
  3. 3 Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (4:38)
  4. 4 Some Girls (4:36)
  5. 5 Lies (3:11)
  6. 6 Far Away Eyes (4:23)
  7. 7 Respectable (3:07)
  8. 8 Before They Make Me Run (3:24)
  9. 9 Beast of Burden (4:25)
  10. 10 Shattered (3:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Claudine (3:42)
  2. 2 So Young (3:18)
  3. 3 Do You Think I Really Care (4:22)
  4. 4 When You're Gone (3:51)
  5. 5 No Spare Parts (4:30)
  6. 6 Don't Be a Stranger (4:06)
  7. 7 We Had It All (2:54)
  8. 8 Tallahassee Lassie (2:37)
  9. 9 I Love You Too Much (3:10)
  10. 10 Keep Up Blues (4:20)
  11. 11 You Win Again (3:00)
  12. 12 Petrol Blues (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
John Fogerty Hand Clapping
Mick Jagger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ron Wood Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Charlie Watts Drums
Bill Wyman Bass Guitar, Marimbas
Sugar Blue Harp
Matt Clifford Percussion
Chuck Leavell Piano, Soloist
Keith Richards Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ian Stewart Piano
Don Was Bass, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Ron Wood Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Matt Clifford overdub engineer
The Glimmer Twins Producer
Chris Kimsey Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Keith Richards Composer
Frank Slay Composer
Don Was Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Krish Sharma overdub engineer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing, Mastering
Frederick A. Picariello Composer
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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    The Stones' Last Great Album

    If Mick Jagger had (or has) a weakness, it is women. He seemed to let that libido hang out all the way on "Some Girls", the 1978 record that became The Rolling Stones' biggest-selling album. Mick was also still loose, snarling and rambunctious. You realize that when he's singing the startling, inflammatory title song, many of its lyrics we can't print here. Yet, the circumstances for making "Some Girls" was anything but ideal.

    The music scene was changing dramatically. Disco was now so popular that it was overtaking and sometimes encapulsating hard rock. Punk was also exploding in New York and London---and even if you didn't like punk rock, many believed the punks were right for dismissing old, established rock stars like Mick Jagger as being obsolete.
    Much of "Some Girls" was written and recorded in New York in 1977, when the city seemed to be on the verge of economic collapse and a blackout and the Son of Sam killings seemed to confirm that The Big Apple's best days were gone. And on top of all this, Keith Richards was busted in Canada for heroin possession with intent to sell; had he been found guilty of that, it would certainly have been the end of the group.

    All that gritty urgency and desperation seemed to come out on "Some Girls". Despite the fact that much of the album is overdubbed, which would eventually tarnish their future albums, this turned out to be a very creative period for the band. "Miss You", which opens the album, remains a dark, brooding disco street anthem while "Far Away Eyes" proves that The Stones could do country music better than most country artists. The stirring blues-inflected rock tunes such as "Shattered" and "When The Whip Comes Down" showed that the band still had life in them. But the centerpiece of the album was "Before They Make Me Run", sung by Keith Richards, he sings it as if he's ready to face the gallows, making no apologies for his reckless lifestyle.

    No one can deny that "Some Girls" is an excellent record. However, this deluxe edition features some terrific outtakes that would've been fine on their own. Some of the songs from these sessions made it to later albums like "Hang Fire" and "Black Limosuine" on 1981's "Tattoo You". Much of the outtakes are straight blues ("When You're Gone" and "Petrol Blues") as well as country covers (like a cover of Hank Williams' "You Win Again"). Just one complaint, though: why isn't the mesmerizing eight-minute disco track of "Miss You" not included in this edition?

    On "Some Girls", The Stones perform as if they could still be The Greatest Rock And Roll Band In The World. What's more, they perform as if it's their last great album. And it probably is. Which makes it all the more enjoyable some thirty-plus years later.

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