Rolling Stones songs: I Got the Blues
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In the silk sheet of time/ I will find peace of mind/ Love is a bed full of blues…
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Rolling Stones Mobile, Stargroves, Newbury and Olympic Sounds Studios, London, England, March-May 1970
Guest musicians: Bobby Keys (saxophone), Jim Price (trumpet), Billy Preston (organ)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
“I Got the Blues” is a song recorded by the Rolling Stones. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it appears on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. It is a slow-paced, bluesy song featuring languid guitars with heavy blues and soul influences.
In his review, Richie Unterberger compares the Stones’ take on their early influences, saying, “Musically, it’s very much in the school of slow Stax ballads, by Otis Redding and some others, with slow reverbed guitars with a gospel feel, dignified brass, and a slow buildup of tension.”A notable reference point is the Otis Redding-ballad “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, a song that the Stones themselves had recorded in 1965 and very similar in style and buildup.
Recorded during the months of March through May 1970, the song features Mick Jagger on lead vocals, Keith Richards on harmony vocals, Mick Taylor and Richards on guitars, Bill Wyman on bass, Charlie Watts on drums, and Billy Preston on Hammond organ. Stones’ recording veterans Bobby Keys and Jim Price performed on the saxophone and trumpet, respectively.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Mick Jagger sings of the despair of a man recalling his time with the
woman he loved, who has now abandoned him. Love is a bed full of blues,
he sings, and very soon the idea of suicide occurs to him as the only way
out: I’ll bust my brains out for you.
Was Jagger thinking of his recent breakup with Marianne Faithfull when
he wrote the words to “I Got the Blues”? Perhaps. Alternatively, he may
have been merely empathizing, through the song, with all those romantics
of a melancholy frame of mind. There is perhaps no better example of the
artistic debt the Stones owed the originators of Southern soul than “I Got
the Blues.” It inevitably recalls the productions of Stax Records, the subtle,
pervasive scent of blues and gospel given off by the recordings of Otis
Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam and Dave. Billy Preston’s organ plays a
key role in this, as do the horns of Bobby Keys and Jim Price.
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