Talk Is Cheap

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All Music Guide - Chris True
In 1987, it was anyone's guess if the Stones would ever get back together. Sure, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were well known for their public disagreements, but when Jagger decided to tour in support of his second solo album, Primitive Cool, Richards was disheartened and finally succumbed to the idea of recording without the Rolling Stones. Taking the band he had assembled to back up Chuck Berry for the Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll documentary along with longtime session player Waddy Wachtel, Richards put together an album that was straightforward, musical, and better than a good portion of the Stones' output in the first half of the '80s. The lead single "Take It So Hard," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris True
In 1987, it was anyone's guess if the Stones would ever get back together. Sure, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were well known for their public disagreements, but when Jagger decided to tour in support of his second solo album, Primitive Cool, Richards was disheartened and finally succumbed to the idea of recording without the Rolling Stones. Taking the band he had assembled to back up Chuck Berry for the Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll documentary along with longtime session player Waddy Wachtel, Richards put together an album that was straightforward, musical, and better than a good portion of the Stones' output in the first half of the '80s. The lead single "Take It So Hard," "Whip It Up," and "Struggle" are classic Richards riffology, and tracks like "Locked Away" are emotional without being maudlin and worldly but not sounding adult contemporary. The main point of Talk Is Cheap is the music, nothing more; Richards obviously didn't want to fret about anything but the groove. While Jagger's solo work sounded like Mick with some studio musicians, Keith had assembled a band, found a productive songwriting partner in Steve Jordan, and created a record that was free of frills. Simply put, Richards sounded like he was playing for himself, and playing with a certain sense of enjoyment. The new band, the X-pensive Winos, had a different work ethic than the Stones, forcing Richards to focus on the music. What resulted was a solid album built on fundamentals rather than style. It's hard not to see who the real musical force was in the Stones after hearing Talk Is Cheap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778607922
  • Catalog Number: 86079
  • Sales rank: 21,825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Enough (3:16)
  2. 2 Take It So Hard (3:14)
  3. 3 Struggle (4:09)
  4. 4 I Could Have Stood You Up (3:11)
  5. 5 Make No Mistake (4:52)
  6. 6 You Don't Move Me (4:47)
  7. 7 How I Wish (3:31)
  8. 8 Rockawhile (4:38)
  9. 9 Whip It Up (4:00)
  10. 10 Locked Away (5:48)
  11. 11 It Means a Lot (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Richards Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Doucet Violin
Ivan Neville Piano, Keyboards
Mick Taylor Guitar
Bernie Worrell Organ, Clavinet
Johnnie Johnson Piano
Sarah Dash Vocals, Background Vocals
Maceo Parker Alto Saxophone
The Memphis Horns Percussion, Horn, Group
Willie Mitchell Horn
Patti Scialfa Background Vocals
Bootsy Collins Bass, Bass Guitar
Sam Butler Background Vocals
Ben Cauley Horn
Charley Drayton Bass, Drums, Background Vocals
Stanley Dural Accordion
Jack Hale Horn
Bobby Keys Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmi Kinnard Horn
Chuck Leavell Organ
Andrew Love Horn
James Mitchell Horn
Joey Spampinato Bass, Bass Guitar
Gary Topper Horn
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Steve Jordan Bass, Percussion, Conga, Drums, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Ben Cauly Horn
Sam Bulter Background Vocals
Jimmi Kinnard Horn
Technical Credits
Willie Mitchell Arranger, Contributor, Horn Arrangements
Robert Berry Engineer
Joe Blaney Engineer
Ben Cauley Contributor
David Dorn Engineer
Richard Ealey Engineer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Jack Hale Contributor
David Kennedy Engineer
Jimmi Kinnard Contributor
Andrew Love Contributor
Paul Milner Engineer
James Mitchell Contributor
Richard Moakes Engineer
Julio Peña Engineer
Keith Richards Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Don Smith Engineer
Donald Smith Engineer
Roger Talkov Engineer
Gary Topper Contributor
Greg Kalbi Mastering
Alastair Thain Sleeve Photo
Sante d'Orazio Cover Photo
Steve Jordan Composer, Producer, Audio Production
James J. Mitchell Contributor
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