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Rolling Stones songs: Send It to Me
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Ain’t got no lover/ No sense of cover/ I need some loving/ Send it to me…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, June 10-Oct. 10 1979; Electric Lady Studios, NYC, USA, Nov-Dec. 1979
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (keyboards), Sugar Blue (harmonica)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“Send It to Me” is predominantly a Mick Jagger song, developed in
conjunction with Charlie Watts. The protagonist seeks to overcome his
solitude by sending letters to those who are dear to him. It is clear that he is
ready to go to any lengths to find romance, to finally be loved by a woman,
regardless of whether she is Romanian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Hungarian,
Ukrainian, Australian, or the Alien
, sings Jagger—not without humor—in
the last verse. “Send It to Me” attests to the growing influence that
Jamaican rhythms had been exerting on the Rolling Stones ever since Goats
Head Soup

Although superficially seductive, “Send It to Me” is ultimately
disappointing. Despite successful mixing, excellent arrangements, and an
appealing melody, it lacks a certain spark. The song’s strong point is its
locomotive-like rhythm, launched by Charlie Watts with excellent work on
his Gretsch kit, and supported by Michael Shrieve’s percussion: most likely
the shekere, the tambourine, and the timbales, although Max Romeo has
been suggested for the latter. Bill Wyman is on bass (although to tell the
truth the playing is reminiscent of Ronnie), and Nicky Hopkins marks his
return with an organ sound on the synthesizer. Sugar Blue’s harmonica is
sadly buried in the mix, although it can be made out at various moments, in
particular around 1:42. In the intro, Keith and Ronnie play a guitar lick in
harmony, which was most probably an idea of Ronnie’s. As is his custom,
the former Faces man plays a combination of rhythm and lead, and also
takes the solo slide parts beginning around 2:03, using the MXR and its
analog delay throughout to achieve a more airy sound. Keith answers him
with a solid rhythm part very much in the reggae mold (stereo right). Mick,
for his part, gives a very good vocal performance with a touch of humor,
and a fairly pronounced delay has been added to his voice, probably during
mixing. In spite of everything, Keith did not want to include “Send It to
Me” on the album: “I thought ‘Emotional Rescue’ and ‘Send It to Me’ were
just a little too similar—not necessarily musically, just in the sound—that
mid-tempo sort of…”

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