One Bourbon, One Scotch, & One Story - Episode 9: The Rolling Stones
Party rocker George Thorogood's first-ever solo album Party Of One -- which includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations," premiering exclusively below -- has been a long time coming. Thorogood tells Billboard that the idea of a solo album was on the docket when he first signed with Rounder Records back in the mid-70s. The formation of his band the Destroyers put that plan on hold, however -- for 40 years after the release of the group's first album.
"It was a foregone conclusion I would someday make a record solo acoustic; I just never seemed to get around to it and time went on and we kept it in mind," Thorogood says. "I ran into the Rounder people a few years ago. They said, 'Y'know, you still haven't done that solo record yet,' and I said, 'Well, maybe now's the time to do it,' so there you have it."
The idea behind Party Of One, which comes out Aug. 4 on Rounder, was "picking a song from every artist that really means something to me." As such the 15-song set features songs by Robert Johnson, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Brownie McGhee, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and more. And having a Rolling Stones song on the list was also a no-brainer for Thorogood.
"If it wasn't for the Rolling Stones, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing, and there's many artists who can say the same thing," Thorogood notes. "Everybody who saw the Stones thought they were so groovy. Everybody wanted to do that. And also the first blues person I saw was Howlin' Wolf on Shindig! when the Rolling Stones brought him on. And, as coincidence would have it, that was also the first time I saw anybody play slide guitar, in this case Brian Jones. So I knew there had to be a Rolling Stones song on this record."
"No Expectations," meanwhile, was chosen after a bit of consideration. "I said, 'Well, what is there by them that you can play by yourself, since they did everything as a band?'" Thorogood recalls. "I started fooling around with 'No Expectations' and the producer (Jim Gaines) said, 'That's the one! You've got to play that one,' which is also Brian Jones playing slide guitar. He was quite a unique talent and really instrumental in forming the Stones in the first place. When he played that slide guitar I was more fascinated with that than Brian's hair, and everyone knows in the '60s Brian Jones had the baddest hair in rock 'n' roll."
Stones Sidesteps: The STU Sidesteps\
This is a series of recordings provided by nzb to present the side projects of some of the Rolling Stones (Ian 'Stu' Stewart, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman).
This part of the series is devoted to STU, the only person that can be called the 6th Stone (but in fact, he was the 2nd Stone).
Thanks to nzb who provided us his recordings, to Jaap (Stonesmuziekfan) who gave critic and advice regarding my work, and to my friend Riccardo (MrNo) who participated in a big part of my collection.
With George THOROGOOD & the DESTROYERS: Part 3
14th June 1982: GEORGE THOROGOOD and THE DESTROYERS . Paris, France (opening for the Rolling Stones)
Line-up: STU* (p)/George Thorogood (gtr, voc)/Bill Blough (bass)/Jeff Simon (dr)/Hank Carter (sax)
Note: It seems that STU didn't play on "The Sky Is Crying."
01 - Ride On Josephine (Ellas McDaniel) *
02 - It Wasnâ€™t Me (Chuck Berry) *
03 - The Sky Is Crying (Elmore James)
04 - Madison Blues (Elmore James) *
05 - Nobody But Me (Rudolph Isley/Ronald Isley/Oâ€™Kelly Isley)
06 - No Particular Place To Go (Chuck Berry) *
07 - Reelinâ€™ And Rockinâ€™ (Chuck Berry) *
08 - Move It On Over (Hank Williams)*-incomplete
As usual all the infos are taken from The Rolling Stones Complete Works Database by Nico Zentgraf [nzentgraf.de
This one is rare so, as often in this case, the sound is poor. There is much rumble coming from the tape recording but there is nothing I can do about it.
Posted on IORR [www.iorr.org
] by StonyRoad in December 2017.