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Rolling Stones songs: Jump On Top of Me
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When we first met, we were both so young/ We didn’t give a damn, how the clock would run…
*UK B-side of You Got Me Rocking
Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Sandymount Studios, Kildare, Ireland, July-Sept. 1993; Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland, Nov-Dec. 1993; Don Was Studio and A&M Studio, Los Angeles, USA, Jan-Apr. 1994
Guest musicians: Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards), Frankie Gavin (fiddle)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Blues rock is a genre in which the Stones’ faithful disciples by far outnumber their worthy rivals. “Jump on Top of Me” is a prime example of the supremacy in this field, combining as it does all the different elements of the band’s timeless aesthetic, starting with the harmonica that sounds as if it is straight out of Chess Studios, and the guitars of Keith and Ronnie. As for the song’s lyrics, they conform to the hedonist philosophy of their author, Mick Jagger.
After working excessively hard and feeling the pain, the last thing one needs is to be subjected to noise and cursing, and the only solution is to indulge in a good bout of lovemaking. “Jump on Top of Me” dates from the Voodoo Lounge sessions. It was worked up at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin and then finalized and mixed in Los Angeles. This song was chosen as the B-side of the single “You Got Me Rocking.”
Along with “The Storm” and “I’m Gonna Drive,” “Jump on Top of Me” is one of the three songs written by Mick Jagger in a corner of the cafeteria at Windmill Studios in Dublin so that they could be laid down as quickly as possible during the Voodoo Lounge sessions. Listening to the results, one can only admire the quality of all three, each, according to Mick, recorded in a single take. “Jump on Top of Me,” an irresistible blues rock tinged with boogie-woogie, is perhaps the best of the bunch. Charlie once again proves his worth as a swing machine.
The albeit modest bass (whether it is played by Don Was or Darryl Jones) provides his beat with significant support, and the three guitars set the track on fire. Mick is responsible for the rhythm guitar intro, although until he is joined by the drums, his timing is not great. Keith takes care of the second rhythm part, while Ron is once again on slide. Each of them takes a short solo, and each one is highly effective. The first is played by Keith in more of a country than a rock style (1:17), the second by Mick not on guitar but on harmonica, with excellent vibrato (2:17), and the third by Ronnie on slide (3:44). “Jump on Top of Me” is a brilliant demonstration of the outstanding talent that continued to drive the Stones, and it is only a shame that it was not included on Voodoo Lounge.
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