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ROLLING STONES UNRELEASED: ‘NEVER STOP’ (early “reggae” version of ‘Start Me Up’, 1975)

*Early “reggae” version of ‘Start Me Up’
Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany, March 25-Apr. 4 1975

From Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012:
This is the infamous reggae version of Start Me Up. Definitely curious only listening but it did illustrate Keith Richards’ point that if the original song was strong enough then it should survive through tempo and melody changes. He was stretching a point on Never Stop. Mick Jagger sings guide vocals only of “start it up” and “never stop”. During the many run-throughs, Keith and Charlie Watts improvised and created a rock version and it was this that was found later amongst the tapes in Paris 1978, and resulted in the re-works of Start Me Up.

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