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|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|
|Bill Wyman||Bass Guitar, Marimbas|
|Chuck Leavell||Piano, Soloist|
|Keith Richards||Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony|
|Don Was||Bass, Hand Clapping|
|Matt Clifford||overdub engineer|
|The Glimmer Twins||Producer|
|Chris Kimsey||Producer, Engineer|
|Krish Sharma||overdub engineer|
|Stewart Whitmore||Digital Editing, Mastering|
|Frederick A. Picariello||Composer|
Posted February 20, 2012
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.