Tattoo You

27th August1981
                  LP  (Rolling Stones Records RS 21003). Producer. The Glimmer Twins.

CD- November 1989 (US Columbia 40502 -UK CBS 4501982) 
                  Sound engineer: Chris Kimsey.

                   20 June 1995 CD ‘Tattoo You’ (Virgin Records CDVX 2732). Producer: The Glimmer Twins.
                   Digitally remastered new version of this classic album incl.
                   - Slave (MJ/KR) -new longer version; previously unavailable

Highest Charts Position : US 1 - UK 1

Contributing musicians: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood, Sonny Rollins, Ian Stewart, Chris Kimsey, Pete Townshend, Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins, Wayne Perkins, Billy Preston, Ollie Brown, Jimmy Miller, Ian McLagan (possibly).


                        Start Me Up (MJ/KR)
                        Hang Fire (MJ/KR)
                        Slave (MJ/KR)
                        Little T & A (MJ/KR)
                        Black Limousine (MJ/KR/RW)
                        Neighbours (MJ/KR)
                        Worried About You (MJ/KR)
                        Tops (MJ/KR)
                        Heaven (MJ/KR)
                        No Use In Crying (MJ/KR/RW)
                        Waiting On A Friend (MJ/KR)

 

 

Like Emotional Rescue before it, Tattoo You was comprised primarily of leftovers, but unlike its predecessor, it never sounds that way. Instead, Tattoo You captures the Stones at their best as a professional stadium-rock band. Divided into a rock & roll side and a ballad side, the album delivers its share of thrills on the tight, dynamic first side. "Start Me Up" became the record's definitive Stonesy rocker, but the frenzied doo wop of "Hang Fire," the reggae jam of "Slave," the sleazy Chuck Berry rockers "Little T&A" and "Neighbours," and the hard blues of "Black Limousine" are all terrific. The ballad side suffers in comparison, especially since "Heaven" and "No Use in Crying" are faceless. But "Worried About You" and "Tops" are effortless, excellent ballads, and "Waiting on a Friend," with its Sonny Rollins sax solo, is an absolute masterpiece, with a moving lyric that captures Jagger in a shockingly reflective and affecting state of mind. "Waiting on a Friend" and the vigorous rock & roll of the first side make Tattoo You an essential latter-day Stones album, ranking just a few notches below Some Girls.

 

 

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