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I like the horns in this one.
Keith seems to really make these slow burning songs work really well. When I listen to his fast stuff and then the slow stuff, I prefer the slow stuff. Slower.
Yeah, I agree. I mean, listen to the version of "Little T&A" on the latest live CD, SAL. It hurts a bit to say, but let's face the truth, it sounds horrible. At least that's what I think about it.
I love Keith's slower stuff´nowadays. He's good at singing the ballads and love song. Or the old blues where he's singing and playing the piano. That's lovely, I really enjoy listening to those bootlegs. He used to be great off with "T&A" etc, but I really prefer him singing slower songs, actually.
I also loved it how he sang the bridges on Memory Motel. Beautiful, in fact it makes me cry all the time. *gg*
I was listening to the Ladies and Gentleman version of Happy and man at one time Keith could sing the rockers live. In tune, great tone, singing and playing at the same time. He had a distinctive voice, I think the cigarettes have taken their toll more than anything else. They add a smokey quality to the slow stuff, but his voice doesn't work for me on the rockers anymore.
with sssoul, thanks a lot for posting the interview snippet. And I agree, they were right to leave it like that. It's a wonderful song just as it is.
oh here's that fragment of the interview - conveniently located at [www.timeisonourside.com]
Charlie: The classic one on this album is the one Keith's done. I mean, I didn't know what ...
right up until about 2 months before the album ... has now come out.
Mick: Which one are you talking about, Charlie?
Charlie: I mean, I didn't know ...
Mick: Which song ... ?
Bill: All About You.
Mick: Oh, All About You.
Bill: The "train song".
Ron: Train Song, that's what we knew it as.
Charlie: Yeah, Keith's, yeah ... Oh nobody knows ...
Bill: It's just a track called Train Song.
Charlie: And I never knew what Keith was going to (put) on it, I never knew what he wanted ...
But it was a great track to play. That's being a drummer, you know?
Ron: He ended up singing that too, which is quite pleasing.
Charlie: Yeah, it's great. But I mean ...
Mick: It's not me singing it (laughs).
Charlie: How he made a song out of it, I don't know.
- Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman & Ron Wood, 1980
As I heard it first I was completely blown away. This is one of Keith´s finest moments on record and the best track on the album. The music, the lyrics, even the singing is top-level. Keith is magic.