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Rolling Stones songs: All of Your Love
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All your love, I’ve got to have one day/ All your love, I’ve got to have ya one day…

Written by: Magic Sam
Recorded: British Grove Studios, London, England, Dec. 11, 14–15 2015
Guest musicians: Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (piano), Matt Clifford (keyboards)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Ten years and just a few recordings were enough to make Magic Sam (real name Samuel Maghett) one of the most influential figures of modern blues —and more specifically, of the West Side sound that can be described, broadly speaking, as the meeting point between Chicago blues and gospel. In 1957, the singer-guitarist recorded “All Your Love / Love Me with Feeling” for Cobra Records. This was the disc that gave birth to the West Side sound, surprising people with its use of expressive minor chords to convey the pain of love.

In 1967, during the recording sessions for his album West Side Soul, Magic Sam produced a new version of “All Your Love” (retitled “All of Your Love”) with Mighty Joe Young (guitar), Stockholm Slim (piano), Ernest Johnson (bass), and Odie Payne (drums). It was this version that the Rolling Stones drew on half a century later.

Recorded during the second session on December 14, this cover version of “All of Your Love” proves that the Stones’ magic worked again. Charlie Watts’s drumming is perfect, using his ride cymbal to set up a wonderful swinging rhythm, underpinned by the deep thumping bass of Darryl Jones. The guitars are excellent, the two players once again complementing each other. Mick Jagger’s contribution is pure magic. His lead vocal, hoarse and aggressive, has a very evident reverb, as if to underline the marshy landscape of the song’s origins.

The musicians have the confidence to indulge in no less than three instrumental solos: Chuck Leavell comes in first (at 1:28), producing piano playing worthy of the best in the field; Jagger follows at 2:44 on the harmonica with an impressive vibrato; Richards rounds off the number (at 4:00) on his black Gibson ES-355 with interjections colored by jazz-inspired harmonies. This version of “All of Your Love” is without doubt one of the best.

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