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Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: René ()
Date: July 23, 2012 10:03

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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Little T & A
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, January 18 - February 12, 1979 and
Electric Ladyland Studios, New York City, New York, US,
November - December 1979

Keith Richards - lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, bass
Mick Jagger - backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums
Ron Wood - electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocals
Ian Stewart - piano

She's my little rock and roll, she's my little rock and roll, baby

The heat's raiding, tracks are fading
Joint's rocking, could be anytime at all
But the bitch keeps bitching, the snitcher keeps snitching
Dropping names and telephone numbers and all, well
She's my little rock and roll, she's my little rock and roll

Scars healing, but the dealers squealing
The pool's in but the patio ain't dry
Well, the sense is sensing that the juice keeps pumping and I know why
She's my little rock and roll, my tits and ass with soul, baby
She's my little rock and roll
She's my little rock and roll, you got to shock them, show them
She's my little rock and roll, yeah, shock, shock, shock, my, my

Well, the sense is sensing that the juice keeps pumping and I know why, hey
The bitch keeps bitching, the snitcher keeps snitching
Dropping names and telephone numbers and all
She's my little rock and roll, my tits and ass with soul, baby
She's my little rock and roll, yeah, got to shock them, show them
She's my little rock and roll, she's got a feeling to know, baby
She's my little rock and roll, babe, the little bitch got soul

She's my little rock and roll, shock them, show them
She's my little rock and roll, yeah
She's my little rock and roll, my tits and ass with soul, honey
She's my little rock and roll, baby, my tits and ass with soul
She's my little rock and roll

Produced by The Glimmer Twins

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Tattoo You” LP
(Rolling Stones Records COC 16052) US, August 18, 1981

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: July 23, 2012 10:28

This track is together with 'Waiting on a friend' my 5ers from this album...

Top Class!

2 1 2 0

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: KeithNacho ()
Date: July 23, 2012 10:31

One of the best KR's tune ever. The middle section with that slap-back delay is an iconic example of the best last 70's RS music style.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: windmelody ()
Date: July 23, 2012 11:36

Tatoo You has a very good sound in general, and so has Little T&A. Yet I find the song a little boring.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: MadMax ()
Date: July 23, 2012 12:26

One of my 10 fave songs!

The chords are genius!!!

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: July 23, 2012 13:00

A glorious little firecracker from Keith, with snarling guitars, a fantastic rhythm section, and that breezy, down-and-dirty, devil-may-care swagger that only the riff-master himself can bring. Pure joy.

When Keith said you gotta have the roll as well as the rock, this is what he’s talking about; this one swings, baby!!!! (especially with that pulsating slap-back delay... and thanks KeithNacho, not being a guitar-player I didn’t know that's what it’s called until I read your post).

Drew

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Title5Take1 ()
Date: July 23, 2012 13:10

"LITTLE T & A...is Richards's song, and he was pleased with the way Jagger had mixed it. `I could have f*cked around with it for ages,' Keith admits. `The final mix brought back a bit of the naivety of the earlier versions, otherwise it would have been too slick. It's nice and dumb, which is what it's supposed to be.'" — from Barbara Charone's book "Keith Richards: Life as a Rolling Stone" pp. 192-93

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: DiscoVolante ()
Date: July 23, 2012 13:49

Excellent song, like all songs from Tattoo You. And a great Keith-number.
Little T&A, Theodora & Alexandra. Coincidence?

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: July 23, 2012 13:52

A wonderful little rocker that captures the whole Some Girls/Emotional Rescue/Tattoo You guitar sound. I love Ronnie's pedal steel in there too - it really makes the whole thing fly.

I was amused when I learnt, on this board, what the line 'the pool's in but the patio ain't dry' line was about. eye popping smiley

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: July 23, 2012 14:57

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Silver Dagger
A wonderful little rocker that captures the whole Some Girls/Emotional Rescue/Tattoo You guitar sound. I love Ronnie's pedal steel in there too - it really makes the whole thing fly.

Yes!!

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Silver Dagger
I was amused when I learnt, on this board, what the line 'the pool's in but the patio ain't dry' line was about. eye popping smiley

But nobody seemed to agree on who/what's the pool and who/what's the patio...

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Drew

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: July 23, 2012 16:02

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drewmaster
Quote
Silver Dagger
A wonderful little rocker that captures the whole Some Girls/Emotional Rescue/Tattoo You guitar sound. I love Ronnie's pedal steel in there too - it really makes the whole thing fly.

Yes!!

Quote
Silver Dagger
I was amused when I learnt, on this board, what the line 'the pool's in but the patio ain't dry' line was about. eye popping smiley

But nobody seemed to agree on who/what's the pool and who/what's the patio...

[www.iorr.org]

Drew

I think the clue is in the word patio. God knows who/what the pool is? Maybe Pool Hall Richard!!

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: July 23, 2012 16:56

This one is iconic for me. Just a great guitar song. That hook is so sharp I find myself singing it at odd times in strange places.

This is Keith best solo song, imho. More Stones than JJF to my generation. I think it would sound better without the cheap delay effect on the guitar, just a Vox AC30 turned up a bit and some Mick Taylor slide guitar! peace

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: WickedFelina ()
Date: July 23, 2012 17:10

Love this one! Great, nasty guitar.

I missed out on the meaning of "the pool's in, but the patio ain't dry." What's going on there?

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: hot stuff ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:09

Along with Happy its clearly the best rocker from Keith..

Pool's in talks about the poured concrete patio not dry yet...

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:12

Great track from a great album.

My first Stones album was Emotional Rescue, which I loved but this for me was light years ahead.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: StonesTod ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:19

all this praise for t&a...before they make me run used to be the keef track that got all the high marks...i've seen that listed many times in ppl's top 10 stones songs...now t&a wants to come along and pretend it never existed...

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:20

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StonesTod
all this praise for t&a...before they make me run used to be the keef track that got all the high marks...i've seen that listed many times in ppl's top 10 stones songs...now t&a wants to come along and pretend it never existed...

sex trumps drugs I guess.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: StonesTod ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:28

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treaclefingers
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StonesTod
all this praise for t&a...before they make me run used to be the keef track that got all the high marks...i've seen that listed many times in ppl's top 10 stones songs...now t&a wants to come along and pretend it never existed...

sex trumps drugs I guess.

what makes you "happy"

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:33

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StonesTod
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treaclefingers
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StonesTod
all this praise for t&a...before they make me run used to be the keef track that got all the high marks...i've seen that listed many times in ppl's top 10 stones songs...now t&a wants to come along and pretend it never existed...

sex trumps drugs I guess.

what makes you "happy"

dunno...I got the silver and the gold so I'm satisfied.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:37

Metaphorically speaking.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: July 23, 2012 18:49

~*YEAH!*~
everything Keith does on this one sounds as right as falling rain
the guitars of course, and i love those vocal addenda: hiagh! heya! ha! ho!
ahhh you know the cat's got ssssoul :E

and Mick's backing vocals are brilliant

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: July 23, 2012 19:15

Not wild about the studio recording. Sounds better here where it can stretch out and they use the prime bassist.

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Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: stones78 ()
Date: July 23, 2012 19:31

Musically it's great, but those lyrics...

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Naturalust ()
Date: July 23, 2012 19:46

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24FPS
Not wild about the studio recording. Sounds better here where it can stretch out and they use the prime bassist.

[www.youtube.com]

Love to see Stu gettin' his due on that introduction. An ok version but Ronnie looks and plays like he's about to drop. Prefer the studio version myself. peace

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: latebloomer ()
Date: July 23, 2012 19:53

Anyone remember the version where Keith kisses Ronnie, or am I thinking of before they make me run? Can't keep Keith and his concert songs straight sometimes, he's done them so many times over the years...

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: StonesTod ()
Date: July 23, 2012 20:19

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latebloomer
Anyone remember the version where Keith kisses Ronnie

was there any tongue in it?

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Justin ()
Date: July 23, 2012 21:26

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DiscoVolante
Little T&A, Theodora & Alexandra. Coincidence?

Um yes it is a coincidence, sicko. Why would Keith connect his daughters to a phrase that's as inappropriate as that?

Plus, Theodora and Alexndra weren't born till 1985 and 1986...

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: latebloomer ()
Date: July 23, 2012 21:31

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StonesTod
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latebloomer
Anyone remember the version where Keith kisses Ronnie

was there any tongue in it?


Sorry to disappoint you StonesTod, but it was only on the cheek...on Ron's face.

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: Justin ()
Date: July 23, 2012 21:48

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latebloomer
Anyone remember the version where Keith kisses Ronnie, or am I thinking of before they make me run?

"Before They Make Me Run", Paris, Olympia 2003

Re: Track Talk: Little T & A
Posted by: latebloomer ()
Date: July 23, 2012 21:54

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Justin
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latebloomer
Anyone remember the version where Keith kisses Ronnie, or am I thinking of before they make me run?

"Before They Make Me Run", Paris, Olympia 2003


Thank you.

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