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Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Greg ()
Date: January 17, 2014 13:51

It makes me it.

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Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: runaway ()
Date: January 17, 2014 17:45

My first live experience of the Stones track Happy was in Rotterdam in 1973, since that Concert Happy makes me Happy!smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: elunsi ()
Date: January 17, 2014 19:49

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Rockman

Interview with Jagger on "I Wrote It In My Garden":

Happy. That's the one that Keith sings.
We wrote the words in Los Angeles.
It's a happy song. You know, it's very bouncy.
And I think Keith sings it quite well.

So, did Mick say WE wrote the words??

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Doxa ()
Date: January 17, 2014 22:46

People here at IORR just voted "Happy" as the 8th best track in EXILE ON MAIN STREET. Taking the praisal and love here for the track, one can only say what an incredible album EXILE is!

- Doxa

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Redhotcarpet ()
Date: January 14, 2015 16:47

Bump. Theory: maybe Jimmy Miller, the drummer on this track, changed the rhythm and thus gave Keith a new form for his old Who am I see I love you - riff.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Date: January 14, 2015 16:49

Or maybe not? smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: January 14, 2015 17:01

My Ranking:
1."Rocks Off" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) - 4:33 2
2."Rip This Joint" (Jagger/Richards) - 2:22 3
3."Shake Your Hips" (James Moore, aka Slim Harpo) - 2:59 8
4."Casino Boogie" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:34 12
5."Tumbling Dice" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:47 BooH Boooring and ranked 18
1."Sweet Virginia" (Jagger/Richards) - 4:26 4
2."Torn and Frayed" (Jagger/Richards) - 4:18 9
3."Sweet Black Angel" (Jagger/Richards) - 2:58 5
4."Loving Cup" (Jagger/Richards) - 4:25 13
1."Happy" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:05 10
2."Turd on the Run" (Jagger/Richards) - 2:38 16
3."Ventilator Blues" (Jagger/Richards/Mick Taylor) - 3:24 6
4."I Just Want to See His Face" (Jagger/Richards/Taylor) - 2:53 17
5."Let It Loose" (Jagger/Richards) - 5:18 14
1."All Down the Line" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:50 11
2."Stop Breaking Down" (Robert Johnson) - 4:34 7
3."Shine a Light" (Jagger/Richards) - 4:17 1
4."Soul Survivor" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:49 15

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Re: Track Talk: Happy
Date: January 14, 2015 17:20

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24FPS
Lyrics are in way second place? Huh? Are there other Keith lyrics that describe him more perfectly than Happy? It's the guys whole story right there. And his vocal delivery is as unabandoned as I've ever heard.

Maybe Before They Make Me Run?

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: January 14, 2015 20:40

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24FPS
Lyrics are in way second place? Huh? Are there other Keith lyrics that describe him more perfectly than Happy? It's the guys whole story right there. And his vocal delivery is as unabandoned as I've ever heard.

Maybe Before They Make Me Run?

True, but Happy sounds like the positive part of being Keith Richards. I can't hear Before They Make Me Run without thinking of his whole heroin mess, and the prison sentence hanging over his head. I guess you could say they both reflect Keith, but BTMMR is kind of a bummer, really, reflecting on the loneliness of his situation.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Date: January 14, 2015 21:06

Yep, I agree.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: January 14, 2015 21:53

A fantastic spontaneous number. Anyone who doubts how important Jimmy Miller was to the Stones during this period only has to listen to this one.

A great example of Keith really shining while the drugs were still working. I recall a video clip of him explaining/teaching the song to MJ. He was obviously very proud of it.

peace

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: RomanCandle ()
Date: January 15, 2015 08:25

Richards is such a bad lyricist
jagger thinks he's in a Racine's tragedy when he tries to sing love ballads and Richards thinks he's a thug

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: January 15, 2015 08:38

An explosion of happiness. The first ringing chords in the intro are so infectious they do make you feel happy. It grabs you and starts your DNA to move to the beat and smile. It is electrifying and so spontaneous of an intro, it grabs you. While most of Exile is dark and forbidding, Happy lifts the mood and shows you another side for those Exiles, where life is simple, life is easy, and life is cheap. A behemoth riff, crunching and chopping away until the horns lift it to the celestial. Richards is in fine voice, and I love the harmonies with Mick. One of his most seminal tracks.



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Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Mathijs ()
Date: January 15, 2015 10:03

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elunsi
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Rockman

Interview with Jagger on "I Wrote It In My Garden":

Happy. That's the one that Keith sings.
We wrote the words in Los Angeles.
It's a happy song. You know, it's very bouncy.
And I think Keith sings it quite well.

So, did Mick say WE wrote the words??

What's so weird about that? The vocal melody and lyrics where written more than 6 months later than the music was recorded, in LA when Mick and Keith where doing overdub sessions. Of course they wrote it together.

Mathijs

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Date: January 15, 2015 10:31

The only thing that makes this a bit baffling to me is Mick's 1978 interview, where he said something like: "...and Keith wrote a song called Before They Make Me Run. I think it's the first complete song he has written since Happy"...

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: January 15, 2015 12:08

Jagger also claimed at one point to have written BTMMR himself, and to have added nothing more than a couple of "oh yeahs" to it -
practically within the same interview. He doesn't always listen to the question, and/or doesn't recall titles right,
and/or interviewers don't get his jokes (blaming Shirley Watts for the shrieking on Please Go Home or whatever it was).
Interviewers also just plain get mixed up (cf Stanley Booth confusing Between the Buttons with Beggars Banquet).
It happens. It's only a problem if we treat him - any of the Stones - as an infallible source.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: LieB ()
Date: January 15, 2015 13:50

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with sssoul
Jagger also claimed at one point to have written BTMMR himself, and to have added nothing more than a couple of "oh yeahs" to it -
practically within the same interview. He doesn't always listen to the question, and/or doesn't recall titles right,
and/or interviewers don't get his jokes (blaming Shirley Watts for the shrieking on Please Go Home or whatever it was).
Interviewers also just plain get mixed up (cf Stanley Booth confusing Between the Buttons with Beggars Banquet).
It happens. It's only a problem if we treat him - any of the Stones - as an infallible source.

thumbs up

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: LeonidP ()
Date: January 16, 2015 06:35

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LeonidP
Such a great tune. I first discovered it shortly after my 1st Stones purchase ( Some Girls) - on Made In The Shade (obviously before I bought all earlier Stones albums). I couldn't believe how great Happy was, I must have played it 300 times!

Cool, wasn't sure if I posted on this one before. I can still remember first discovering this song, playing it over & over. I probably drove my family crazy, i suppose. Such a powerful, great tune!

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: OzHeavyThrobber ()
Date: January 16, 2015 12:35

Awesome track.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: crholmstrom ()
Date: January 16, 2015 12:43

One of my favorite songs of all time. A good soundtrack to life.smoking smiley

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: caschimann ()
Date: January 16, 2015 12:51

Jimmy Miller on drums?
No Charlie here?
Is that a thing I missed out during my 40 years Stones-fanship??
And if: On which other tracks you may be know (from 1962 to 2005) Charlie is replaced by someone else?

Thanks!

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: teleblaster ()
Date: January 16, 2015 17:00

Quintessential Keith. Quintessential Stones. Would have no objections to it being played at my funeral, but not just yet.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: January 16, 2015 17:06

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caschimann
Jimmy Miller on drums?
No Charlie here?
Is that a thing I missed out during my 40 years Stones-fanship??
And if: On which other tracks you may be know (from 1962 to 2005) Charlie is replaced by someone else?

Thanks!

Maybe you were exposed to the knowledge, but blotted it from your memory banks?
Some other studio tracks without Charlie: YCAGWYW, IORR, Too Rude and Sleep Tonight -
seems like there was another one or two as well, but someone else can fill in.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: MisterO ()
Date: January 17, 2015 16:57

A classic.....great energy, fun lyric's. A sort of glimpse into who Keith was at the time or who he wanted us to believe he was, way back before the information age of the internet or even MTV.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: TravelinMan ()
Date: August 18, 2021 20:04

video: [youtu.be]


I don’t believe I’ve heard this before. Pretty cool outtake. Wyman on bass?



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Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Taylor1 ()
Date: August 18, 2021 20:11

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with sssoul
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caschimann
Jimmy Miller on drums?
No Charlie here?
Is that a thing I missed out during my 40 years Stones-fanship??
And if: On which other tracks you may be know (from 1962 to 2005) Charlie is replaced by someone else?

Thanks!

Maybe you were exposed to the knowledge, but blotted it from your memory banks?
Some other studio tracks without Charlie: YCAGWYW, IORR, Too Rude and Sleep Tonight -
seems like there was another one or two as well, but someone else can fill in.
Shine a Light?

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: JakeA ()
Date: August 18, 2021 21:54

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DandelionPowderman
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71Tele
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Mathijs
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DandelionPowderman
Taylor is not on Happy (studio)!

Indeed he isn't audible, but the Stones do give him credit for it on most releases. The slide solo on the last turn-around does resemble Taylor a bit.

Mathijs

As Taylor wasn't at the original session, wouldn't it have had to be an overdub? Maybe in LA? If keith did the original slide I don't see why they would have needed another. The credits on the album are a bit obscure because they are not meant to be exact for all the personnel on each song. They "assume" the five band members and then any exceptions or extra people are listed on the individual track. And of course there are no "anti-credits" to say which band members did not appear on which tracks, which would have been helpful in Bill's case especially.

Maybe, but where is Taylor? I can't hear him. And I don't think the slide turn-around is Taylor - sounds like Keith to me. Compared to the other slide playing Taylor does on Exile, this is too basic.

BTW, this track is brilliant in every way, imo. It also has better sound than many songs on the album.

There`s a third guitar, starts at 2:08 and continuing until the end. Can be either of them, Keith or LA overdub by Taylor.

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Hairball ()
Date: August 18, 2021 22:06

In my Top 5 Stones tracks...sometimes I'd even rank it in the top 3...from the exquisite/quintessential/PERFECT opening riff, to everything that follows...it's always meant alot to me.

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Rip this joint, gonna save your soul, round and round and round we go......

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Posted by: Taylor1 ()
Date: August 19, 2021 00:41

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TravelinMan
video: [youtu.be]


I don’t believe I’ve heard this before. Pretty cool outtake. Wyman on bass?
Sounds like maybe Ron Wood on slide? Maybe from 1975 rehearsals?

Re: Track Talk: Happy
Date: August 19, 2021 00:49

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Taylor1
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TravelinMan
video: [youtu.be]


I don’t believe I’ve heard this before. Pretty cool outtake. Wyman on bass?
Sounds like maybe Ron Wood on slide? Maybe from 1975 rehearsals?


Certainly not Mick Taylor.

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