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Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: René ()
Date: June 10, 2014 09:02

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

Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Unit, Stargroves, Newbury, Berkshire, UK &
Olympic Sound Studios, London, UK, October 17 - 31, 1970 and
Island Recording Studios, London, UK, May 28 - June 20, 1973

Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, harmonica
Keith Richards - electric guitar, bass, backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums
Mick Taylor - electric slide guitar, backing vocals
Ian Stewart - piano
Jimmy Miller - percussion

Silver train is a comin', think I'm gonna get on now, oh yeah
Silver train is a comin', think I wanna get on now, oh yeah, oh yeah
Silver rain is a fallin', fallin' up around my house, oh yeah
Silver rain is a fallin', fallin' up around my house, oh yeah, oh yeah
And I did not know her name, and I did not know here name
But I sure love the way that she laughed and took my money
And I did not know here name, and I did not know her name
But I sure loved the way that she laughed and called me Honey

Silver rain is a fallin', fallin' up around my house, oh yeah
Silver bells is a ringin', ringin' all around my house, ding, dong, oh yeah
And I did not know her name, and I did not know here name
But I sure loved the way that she laughed and took my money
And I did not know her name, and I did not know her name
But I sure loved the way that she laughed and called me Honey

I'm going home on a south bound train with a song in my mouth
I'm going home on a south bound train with a song in my mouth

Silver train is a runnin', think I'm gonna get on now, oh yeah
Silver train is a comin', think I'm gonna get on now, oh yeah
And I did not know her name, and I did not know here name
But I sure loved the way that she laughed and took my money
And I did not know her name, and I did not know her name
But I sure loved the way that she laughed and called me Honey

Silver train is a comin', think I'm gonna get on now, oh yeah
Silver train is a comin', think I'm gonna get on board, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah…

Produced by Jimmy Miller

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Angie / Silver Train” 7” single
(Rolling Stones Records RS 19105) UK, August 17, 1973

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: June 10, 2014 09:39

Can we have All Down the Line instead please? tongue sticking out smiley

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Doxa ()
Date: June 10, 2014 10:19

Yep, they should stop playing this warhorse. A nice song, but too much is too much...grinning smiley

- Doxa

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: June 10, 2014 11:43

I like it now, 2014, but 1973 I thought it was pretty boring...Things changes....Silver Train is a coming...twang twang twang twang...thumbs up Stones-Classic!


..she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
Now I long..

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: bitusa2012 ()
Date: June 10, 2014 11:56

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Come On
I like it now, 2014, but 1973 I thought it was pretty boring...Things changes....Silver Train is a coming...twang twang twang twang...thumbs up Stones-Classic!

This is EXACTLY me too.... when Goat's came out, I thought this was the weakest on the record. Still do in many respects, but I do really like this track now.

It stands on its own two feet as a Stones-by-numbers type thing, it feels like something they could knock up in a few takes, but Taylor's slide is just beautiful and lifts it up quite a few notches above merely the norm.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-10 11:57 by bitusa2012.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: June 10, 2014 12:44

OMG - I don't believe I'm reading some of these other comments.

Silver Train is a fabulous, joyous affirmation of life.

It's a song that could easily have found its way onto Exile On Main Street, part of a two trains symphony of locomotive exultation with All Down The Line.

In fact thinking about it, ST could form part of a fantastic concept album about trains mentioned in Stones' songs. Love In Vain, No Expectations and Still A Fool (Two Trains) are three others that easily spring to mind.

Silver Train is one of those songs that has that incredible sense of musical momentum - no pun intended - that the Stones are so masterful at creating. The song picks you up and sweeps you along and the next thing you know you're a passenger on board the greatest rock'n'roll express train 'going home on a south bound train with a song in your mouth'.

It may have ended up on Goat's Head Soup - which for me just about hangs on to the coat tails of Exile, at least in sentiment and playing - but the song itself has Sticky Fingers and Exile written all over it.

And Mick Talor just shines and shimmers on this song. For me Silver Train is first class rock'n'roll written and recorded by a band that were still firing on all cyclinders.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-10 12:46 by Silver Dagger.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: June 10, 2014 13:04

Another gem off of the Stones gentlest, warmest, most mysterious and delicate album. Silver Train chugs along very nicely, thanks to Mick Taylor’s fluid guitar-work and of course Jagger’s train-whistle harp, but at the same time has a lovely narcotic effect.

Drew

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: June 10, 2014 13:11

Quote
drewmaster
Another gem off of the Stones gentlest, warmest, most mysterious and delicate album. Silver Train chugs along very nicely, thanks to Mick Taylor’s fluid guitar-work and of course Jagger’s train-whistle harp, but at the same time has a lovely narcotic effect.

Drew

Like that description of Goat's Head Soup being warm, mysterious and delicate drew. You immediately conjure up images of Winter, 100 Years Ago, Can You Hear The Music, Coming Down Again and Dancing With Mr D. thumbs up

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Gooo ()
Date: June 10, 2014 13:28

How did Johnny winter get ahold of this

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: June 10, 2014 13:32

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Silver Dagger

Like that description of Goat's Head Soup being warm, mysterious and delicate drew. You immediately conjure up images of Winter, 100 Years Ago, Can You Hear The Music, Coming Down Again and Dancing With Mr D. thumbs up

Thanks Mike! The whole album really is something very special. I've always loved listening to GHS late at night, at a low volume (unlike almost all other Stones albums, which of course sound better the louder you crank them); it's like taking a sonic bubble bath.

Love your phrase "symphony of locomotive exultation"...

Drew

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: June 10, 2014 13:38

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drewmaster
Quote
Silver Dagger

Like that description of Goat's Head Soup being warm, mysterious and delicate drew. You immediately conjure up images of Winter, 100 Years Ago, Can You Hear The Music, Coming Down Again and Dancing With Mr D. thumbs up

Thanks Mike! The whole album really is something very special. I've always loved listening to GHS late at night, at a low volume (unlike almost all other Stones albums, which of course sound better the louder you crank them); it's like taking a sonic bubble bath.

Love your phrase "symphony of locomotive exultation"...

Drew

Goat's Head Soup is my go to album for late night/early hours Stones' listening experiences. There are other great late night songs such as Moonlight Mile and Thru & Thru but Coming Down Again and Winter sure are hard to beat.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Blueranger ()
Date: June 10, 2014 14:14

I like it, but for me it will never be a classic. One of the first by-numbers rockers The Stones ever did. It was also an outtake, even rejected from Exile's songlist of archive material, which says a lot. Again, it rocks nicely and are cool enough.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: teleblaster ()
Date: June 10, 2014 14:21

This track has taken a lot of knocks on this board over the years and has been likened to an unfinished jam. Personally, I've always loved it. A great track and, in my opinion, very close to the Stones' heartbeat.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: 1962 ()
Date: June 10, 2014 14:23

Classic!

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: June 10, 2014 14:27

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teleblaster
This track has taken a lot of knocks on this board over the years and has been likened to an unfinished jam. Personally, I've always loved it. A great track and, in my opinion, very close to the Stones' heartbeat.

smileys with beer thumbs upthumbs upthumbs up

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: June 10, 2014 14:34



ROCKMAN

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: hot stuff ()
Date: June 10, 2014 15:52

I always loved it too...GREAT ALBUM!

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: June 10, 2014 16:07

More camp than a row of tents!

Methinks this was the first time the Stones brought camp to the party, at least in a promo.





Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: liddas ()
Date: June 10, 2014 16:43

As of now, my fav from GHS.

Particularly like the BU vocals on the "And I did not know her name, and I did not know here name / But I sure loved the way that she laughed" bit

C

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: EddieByword ()
Date: June 10, 2014 16:47

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Silver Dagger
Quote
teleblaster
This track has taken a lot of knocks on this board over the years and has been likened to an unfinished jam. Personally, I've always loved it. A great track and, in my opinion, very close to the Stones' heartbeat.

smileys with beer thumbs upthumbs upthumbs up

smileys with beer .... Play it again Sam.........

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: RobertJohnson ()
Date: June 10, 2014 16:51

One of the few songs of the band that deserve the label program music. The silvery and howling sound realizes what is the issue of the track ...

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: June 10, 2014 19:07

It's kind of a misfit. It does sound very Exile era, but not good enough to be on Exile. It doesn't really fit on GHS, but what does? GHS is a real hodge podge album, full of brilliant and mediocre moments. Silver Train is missing something I can't quite put my finger on, like there's some fragile element missing.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: hot stuff ()
Date: June 10, 2014 19:18

The one thing I away wished was more guitar and a little less harp
on Silver Train.
I think that would have made it a even better track..

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: powerage78 ()
Date: June 10, 2014 19:22

Love it, thanks. My Stones... smiling smiley

***
I'm just a Bad Boy Boogie

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: crawdaddy ()
Date: June 10, 2014 19:26

I reckon Silver Train could easily have been a successful single release, before or after Angie.
Back then, having a hit single with lots of radio airplay, and on Top of The Pops U.K. TV, meant great album sales.

Led Zepp were the exception to this and only had one or two singles I think.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: scottkeef ()
Date: June 10, 2014 22:43

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Gooo
How did Johnny winter get ahold of this

They gave it to him, listen to how Johnny's vocals are more like this early demo than the stones finished version..








Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Date: June 10, 2014 22:44

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24FPS
It's kind of a misfit. It does sound very Exile era, but not good enough to be on Exile. It doesn't really fit on GHS, but what does? GHS is a real hodge podge album, full of brilliant and mediocre moments. Silver Train is missing something I can't quite put my finger on, like there's some fragile element missing.

I agree. It lacks a distinction between verse and chorus, perhaps?

The bridge is cool the first couple of times, then loses its effect, imo.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: pepganzo ()
Date: June 10, 2014 23:04

just a good song from a good album.
I think MT did other better things during his years with the stones.

Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: June 10, 2014 23:15

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liddas
As of now, my fav from GHS.

Particularly like the BU vocals on the "And I did not know her name, and I did not know here name / But I sure loved the way that she laughed" bit

C

thumbs up count me in for the same part of Silver Train....love the song one of the high light from GHSoup

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Re: Track Talk: Silver Train
Posted by: scottkeef ()
Date: June 10, 2014 23:56

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crawdaddy
I reckon Silver Train could easily have been a successful single release, before or after Angie.
Back then, having a hit single with lots of radio airplay, and on Top of The Pops U.K. TV, meant great album sales.

Led Zepp were the exception to this and only had one or two singles I think.

Well, "Silver Train" was the b side of "Angie" and LZ had singles released off just about every studio LP in the states anyway...

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-10 23:57 by scottkeef.

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