May 19, 1978: Release of the MISS YOU / FAR AWAY EYES 7″ and 12″ singles (Rolling Stones Records EMI 2802 and 12 EMI 2802, pink vinyl)
From Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012:
The disco-entrenched four on the floor disco beat of Miss You more than any other ’70s track, opened up avenues only Mick Jagger had ever thought the band were capable of exploring. It provided them with their most contemporary and distinctive sound since the chart-topping Brown Sugar. In the States it became their most successful No. 1 ever, even out-pacing the monumental Honky Tonk Women. The latter had a run of 14 weeks in the charts while the media catapulted Miss You for 16 weeks. Time was certainly on the Stones’ side.
The single release was made in the usual 7″ format but also for the first time on glorious 12-inch, where an extended version was mixed by Bob Clearmountain to eight and a half minutes. Joining the band was harpist Sugar Blue, Ian McLagan on Wurlitzer electric piano and Mel Collins the saxophonist. The bass line by Bill Wyman was impressive. In May/June 2002, Dr. Dre remixed Miss You for the new Austin Powers movie soundtrack featuring ’70s music.
(Ref. miss you far away eyes)
“Shuffling through the street/ Asking people, “What’s the matter with you, boy?”…
Read all about MISS YOU here
“I had an arrangement to meet a girl, and I was kind of late/ And I thought by the time I got there she’d be off with the nearest truck driver she could find…”
Read all about FAR AWAY EYES here
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