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ROLLING STONES SONGS: ‘I THINK I’M GOING MAD’ (1983)

Rolling Stones songs: I Think I’m Going Mad
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I know my mind’s afloat/ Sometimes I feel so young and sometimes I feel so old…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, Jan. 18-Feb. 12 1979; EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, Nov. 11-Dec. 16 1982; The Hit Factory, NYC, USA, June-July 1983
Guest musicians: Mel Collins (sax)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
The least that can be said here is that the protagonist no longer knows
where he is. Life goes by so fast; All the women come and go; Sometimes I
feel so young and sometimes I feel so old.
His hands tremble, his mind’s
afloat
. In a nutshell, he thinks he’s going insane.
“I Think I’m Going Mad” is a Glimmer Twins composition that dates
from the Emotional Rescue sessions at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, at
the beginning of 1979. Judged inferior to the other ballads, “Indian Girl”
and “All About You,” it was passed over for the final track listing. It was
only four years later, after reworking the song at the Pathé Marconi Studios
in Boulogne-Billancourt and then remixing it at the Hit Factory in New
York City, that the Rolling Stones decided to release it as the B-side of the
single “She Was Hot.”

It comes as something of a surprise to discover that this song was not
included on any of the albums from Emotional Rescue to Undercover.
B-side status does not do it justice. “I Think I’m Going Mad,” in all likelihood
written by Mick, is a very good ballad in the spirit of “Fool to Cry” and
“Worried About You.” Evidently no proper intro had been written, for it
opens with a fade-in of Keith’s strummed guitar (with emphatic phasing),
accompanied by Charlie’s bass drum on the offbeat. Bill’s weightysounding
bass is also very prominent. Two pianos can be heard: an electric
thought to be played by Mick and an acoustic probably played by Stu.
Ronnie comes in on pedal steel guitar in the refrains, and plays some
excellent, very clear-toned guitar licks at 2:22, most likely on his
Stratocaster. It seems to be Mel Collins playing the heavily reverbed sax
with such skill, although the name of David Sanborn is sometimes
mentioned. Mick Jagger rediscovers in his voice a warmth and intonations
that are more or less absent from certain tracks on Undercover, and that
transform “I Think I’m Going Mad” into something rather special. Despite
a bad edit at 1:22, the excellent Bob Clearmountain has done a very good
job with the mixing.

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