Friday, October 7, 2011

What A Shame

Like everybody knows, Ian Stewart wasn't the only piano player to serve the Rolling Stones. Some other illustrous keyboard players like Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, Ian 'Mac' McLagan and Chuck Leavell also made their contributions to Stones records and live shows. But the first piano 'outsider' to enter the Stones' camp happened to be Jack Nitzsche. Nitzsche, who helped to create Phil Spector's wall of sound, joined the band during their first recordings at RCA Studios, Hollywood (November 2-3, 1964).

On November 8, 1964, still during their second US tour, the Rolling Stones returned to Chess Studios, Chicago, to finish work on "Time Is On My Side", and to record another track for their upcoming second album. With Jack Nitzsche nowhere around Stu played piano on the Jagger-Richards composition "What A Shame", a true attempt to conjure up some down home Chicago rhythm and blues style magic.

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  1. November 8, 1964: Chess Studios, Chicago, USA.
    The Rolling Stones: Time Is On My Side (second version) (Meade) (3:01)
    The Rolling Stones: What A Shame (Jagger-Richards) (3:07)
    Keith Richards: Ballads in America
    In America we were basically known for heavy, slowish kind of ballads. Time Is On My Side, Tell Me, Heart Of Stone, that was what we were known for. Strangely enough that was our thing. Every single was a slow song. Who would believe it? You'd think they'd be clamoring for out-and-out rock and roll, but no, it was the fuckin' soul ballads that happened for us in America.

    641108A 8th November: Chicago, Chess Studios. Producer: Andrew Oldham. Sound engineer: Ron Malo. Incl.
    - Time Is On My Side (Meade) - guitar intro
    - What A Shame (Jagger-Richards) - Good Bye Girl (Wyman) - aka Get Back To The One You Love
    - Key To The Highway (Broonzy-Segar) - jam with Howlin’ Wolf on guitar.

    Line-up: Mick Jagger (voc, harm)/Keith Richards (gtr, bvoc)/Brian Jones (gtr, bvoc)/Ian Stewart (p, org)/Bill Wyman (bass)/Charlie Watts (dr).