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ROLLING STONES SONGS: ‘BITCH’ (extended version, 2015)

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Rolling Stones songs: Bitch (extended version)

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Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Rolling Stones Mobile, Stargroves, Newbury Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, March-May 9 1970
Guest musicians: Bobby Keys (sax), Jim Price (trumpet), Jimmy Miller (percussion)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

The Rolling Stones have undoubtedly created a legacy that spans over half a century, with countless iconic songs that have stood the test of time. One such track that showcases their raw energy and undeniable talent is “Bitch.” Originally released on their acclaimed 1971 album, “Sticky Fingers,” the band revisited this classic tune reasing an unreleased extended version in 2015.

In this extended edition, the Rolling Stones breathe new life into “Bitch,” allowing fans to experience the song in a fresh and exhilarating way. The track opens with a powerful guitar riff, instantly capturing your attention and setting the tone for what’s to come. Mick Jagger’s uninhibited vocals carry the weight and attitude of the song, delivering every lyric with the swagger and charisma the band is known for.

The extended version of “Bitch” takes listeners on a sonic journey, with intricate instrumental sections that showcase the band’s musical prowess. Keith Richards and Mick Taylor’s guitar interplay is electrifying, while Charlie Watts’ drumming provides the relentless pulse that drives the song forward. With each member bringing their unique talents to the table, the Rolling Stones create a rich and dynamic sound that is impossible to ignore.

The lyrics of explore themes of desire, lust, and the complexities of relationships. Jagger’s delivery is filled with passion and intensity, embodying the raw emotions expressed within the song. The extended version gives listeners more time to immerse themselves in the provocative lyrics, allowing for a deeper connection to the music.

From Songfacts:
Love is the “bitch,” not any specific woman. Mick Jagger had many relationships he could base this on, including his breakup with Marianne Faithfull. He broke up with her after she tried to commit suicide while they were in Australia in late 1969 (Mick was filming Ned Kelly). As soon as Marianne recovered, Mick dumped her.

The Stones recorded this song, and many others on the album, at the Stargroves estate in Hampshire, England, using their mobile recording unit manned by engineer Andy Johns. Keith Richards arrived at Stargroves after his bandmates had been working on this song for a while with little success. According to Johns, the song sounded sluggish until Richards strapped on his guitar. “He put on his clear Perspex guitar and kicked up the tempo,” Johns said. “The song went from a laconic mess to being all about the groove. Just instantly. As soon as Keith started playing, he transformed the song into what it was meant to be.”Despite (or maybe because of) the rather provocative title, this became one of the more popular Rolling Stones songs, often appearing in their setlists.

It wasn’t released as a single, but got plenty of play on rock radio. In 1974, Elton John broke the “bitch” barrier on pop radio with “The Bitch Is Back,” which went to #4 in the US. Along with “Under My Thumb,” this didn’t help the Stones’ image with women’s groups.The album cover was designed by Andy Warhol. It was a close-up photo of a man in a pair of jeans complete with an actual zipper. The zipper caused problems in shipment because it scratched the record. They figured out that if they opened the zipper before shipment, it did minimal damage.Speaking with Rolling Stone, Keith Richards said: “It comes off pretty smooth, but it’s quite tricky.

There’s an interesting bridge you have to watch out for. Otherwise, it’s straightforward rock and soul that we love. It’s Charlie Watts’ meat and potatoes.”This features Bobby Keys on sax and Jim Price on trumpet. They provided horns on albums and tours for The Stones in the early ’70s.The Goo Goo Dolls covered this in 1997 on the compilation album No Alternative.The album title Sticky Fingers refers to the aptitude of a person who is likely to steal. It went well with the lawless image The Stones put forward.