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Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: René ()
Date: August 23, 2010 09:45

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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Gimme Shelter
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Olympic Sound Studios, London, UK, February 23 - 25 & March 15, 1969,
Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US,
October 17 - October 26, 1969 and
Elektra Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US,
October 28 - November 2, 1969

Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals, harmonica
Merry Clayton - lead vocals, backing vocals
Keith Richards - electric guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Nicky Hopkins - piano
Jimmy Miller - percussion

Oh, a storm is threat'ning my very life today
If I don't get some shelter, oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away

Oh, see the fire sweepin' our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost it’s way

War, children, yeah, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away

Rape, murder, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Rape, murder, yeah, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Rape, murder, yeah, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away

The floods is threat'ning my very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter or I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away

I’ll tell you, love, sister, it's just a kiss away, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away

Produced by Jimmy Miller

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Let It Bleed” LP
(London NPS-4) US, November 29, 1969



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2011-03-14 14:03 by René.

Re: Track Talk: Gimmie Shelter
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: August 23, 2010 10:26

a perfect shining piece of forever

(the original spelling of the title really is Gimmie -
the change to the US-style spelling was instigated by the film)

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: August 23, 2010 11:04

What else can I say, The All Time Greatest Record in the World ...the only old tune that still gives me the chills

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Re: Track Talk: Gimmie Shelter
Posted by: Esperola ()
Date: August 23, 2010 11:35

Quote
with sssoul
a perfect shining piece of forever

(the original spelling of the title really is Gimmie -
the change to the US-style spelling was instigated by the film)
Yeah, I even got Gimmie Shelter tattooed on my back. The tattoo-artist asked whether I was sure about the spelling... spinning smiley sticking its tongue out

"Rape, murder, it's just a shot away..."

Re: Track Talk: Gimmie Shelter
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: August 23, 2010 12:21

The perfect Stones tune. And one of the best ways to end the sixties. The hypnotic and menacing intro sounds like someone dancing on the grave of the myth of the sixties. The full on propulsion from the engine room ratchets up the anxiety with Jagger pleading for respite from the storm. Then Merry Clayton's vocal juggernaut shreds the canvass to pieces. Keith....whew...the maestro supreme with some of the most iconic guitar to ever hit the grooves of a rock record. Wonderful, and aptly opens Let it Bleed.



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Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: folke ()
Date: August 23, 2010 12:58

The perfect recording! Only a moron would ask Merry Clayton to a retake because her voice cracked. It's sounds beautiful! Yes, it's Merry. Merry Clayton's name was misspelled on the original release, appearing as 'Mary'.



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Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: August 23, 2010 13:09

The song that best captures the spirit of the age - of America caught up in a war that was needlessly costing the lives of thousands of young soldiers and the end of the hippy dream as so violently demonstrated by the Manson murders.

It also was the first song on the album which really set out the Stones' stall for their brave new world - establishing them as a rock tour de force rather than a pop orientated chart band.

You knew on hearing it for the first time that this was a new Stones, a band with a really stronger vision that was completely consolidating the success of Beggar's Banquet.

Twilight was setting on psychedelic London and this was a goodbye to the pop of the 60s and the rising of a band ready to take on America. It also showed the rowdy upstarts such as Led Zeppelin and The Who that the Stones were a mighty force to be reckoned with.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: Green Lady ()
Date: August 23, 2010 23:17

Quite simply their masterpiece - dark and ominous as a thunderstorm, but somehow it clears the air and you feel better for having heard it.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: KeithNacho ()
Date: August 24, 2010 01:37

An orgasm

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: stones78 ()
Date: August 24, 2010 03:05

Not much to add, probably the best song the Stones (or anyone) ever made, what a vibe, Bill kills on this one.
One of the greatest guitar solos of all time.
And Merry Clayton, if only she had joined them live when they were at their peak just to do this song, just once...

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: LeonidP ()
Date: August 24, 2010 03:05

I think this is my all-time top Stones song

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: 71Tele ()
Date: August 24, 2010 03:09

No one talks about how great Jimmy Miller's guiro playing is on this track.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: Doctor Dear! ()
Date: August 24, 2010 03:58

GREATEST STONES SONG EVER!!!

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: duke richardson ()
Date: August 24, 2010 04:06

Quote
71Tele
No one talks about how great Jimmy Miller's guiro playing is on this track.

one of the essential ingredients, that guiro..they love(d) great tasteful percussion, and used it so well..(Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, SFTD )

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: saturn57 ()
Date: August 24, 2010 06:06

Not only the best Stones song, the best song period.

It's so very lonely, you're 2,000 Light Years from home

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: marko ()
Date: August 24, 2010 11:35

Best rock song ever written.period.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: slew ()
Date: September 4, 2010 02:04

Absolutely a stunning piece of music. The menace everything is perfect and it captured the feeling in America at the time and maybe still does today!

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: RockinBud ()
Date: September 4, 2010 02:38

According to The Stones themselves their #1
from MOJO Special Collectors Edition Jan 2002
"I wrote that in Robert Fraser's flat in Mount St. It was a very gray afternoon. It was basically like chord structure at first. It just keeps going up and down.Its a strange sort of scale.Altough, actually to me, there was always more of a feeling to that song than actually musically how its played. Its really more of a spirit in a way...."
KR
I agree

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Date: September 4, 2010 04:57

I've heard so many versions of this great song; including a studio one with Keith singing, and lots of live versions from 1969-current. The only one I'm having trouble finding is the 1989-90 tour live version released for a charity cause. I used to have it but lost it somewhere in cyberspace.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: guitarbastard ()
Date: September 4, 2010 05:05

best rock song EVER!
weird is, that no live version ever came close to the masterpiece they recorded in the studio....

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: September 4, 2010 05:53

Oh, my God, this song is still absolutely stunning, more than 40 years after its release. Possibly the eeriest and yet most ferocious and cathartic piece of music ever recorded. A dagger into the heart of the 60s, Gimme Shelter reverberates to this very day. Nothing else can really compare to this devastating masterpiece that captures the Stones at their very peak. Still get shivers up and down my spine every time I hear it.

Drew



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Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: September 4, 2010 08:06

Done in the days when music ripped headlines from the papers and reflected it back to the world. Music as journalism died a long time ago.



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Re: Track Talk: Gimmie Shelter
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: September 4, 2010 12:40

Rene, you actively want corrections of typos, right?
you've got a few in the second verse, which i believe should be:

Oh, see the fire is sweepin' my very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull has lost its way


and the original title really was Gimmie Shelter ...

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: Fender ()
Date: September 4, 2010 13:12

It's an amazingly enjoyable song to play on Guitar and the fact is it could still beat any modern music on the charts.

After all is said and done, I did alright, I had my fun.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: klrkcr ()
Date: September 4, 2010 13:19

Absolutely fantastic song - can never hear it enough.

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: yorkey ()
Date: September 4, 2010 14:44

Ah the thread popped up at the perfect moment for me!
I want to know when and where the version on Ladies And Gentlemen was performed?

You got the Sun, You got the Moon,
and you've got
The Rolling Stones

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: September 4, 2010 17:35

>> I want to know when and where the version on Ladies And Gentlemen was performed? <<

- Brown Sugar (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 2nd show
- Bitch (MJ/KR) -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 2nd show
- Gimme Shelter (MJ/KR) -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 1st show
- Dead Flowers (MJ/KR) -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 1st
- Happy (MJ/KR) -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 1st
- Tumbling Dice (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 1st
- Love in Vain (Robert Johnson) -Houston 25.6.72, 1st
- Sweet Virginia (MJ/KR) -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 1st
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 1st
- All Down the Line (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 2nd
- Midnight Rambler (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 2nd
- Band introductions -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 2nd
- Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry) -Houston 25.6.72, 1st
- Rip This Joint (MJ/KR) -Fort Worth 24.6.72, 2nd
- Jumping Jack Flash (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 1st
- Street Fighting Man (MJ/KR) -Houston 25.6.72, 2nd

that's from [www.nzentgraf.de] - a great site to have bookmarked for questions like that

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: René ()
Date: November 11, 2010 11:08

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Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: slew ()
Date: November 11, 2010 15:57

AWESOME Song!!! Not much more to add to the above posts. possibly my favorite song

Re: Track Talk: Gimme Shelter
Posted by: skipstone ()
Date: November 11, 2010 20:46

On the back of the record it says Gimmie Shelter.

The movie is called Gimme Shelter.

On the Wild Horses single it's Gimme Shelter.

On the Saint Of Me single it's Gimme Shelter.

On No Security it's Gimme Shelter.

So if we go by the LP, it's Gimmie Shelter. But for some reason it's been Gimme Shelter ever since.

Right? Is 'gimmie' more of a UK use of the word and 'gimme' is a US use of the word?

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