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Rolling Stones songs: Suck On the Jugular
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All get together and feel alright/ All get together and fuck all night…

Also known as: HOLETOWN PRISON
Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Blue Wave Studios, Barbados, Apr.20-May 9 1993; Ron Wood’s home, Dublin, Ireland, Aug. 6 and Sept. 1993; Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 3-Dec. 10 1993; Don Was’ Studio and A&M Studios, Los Angeles, USA, Jan. 15-Apr. 1994
Guest musicians: Darryl Jones (bass), David McMurray (saxophone), Mark Isham (trumpet), Chuck Leavell (piano), David McMurray (saxophone), Mark Isham (trumpet), Ivan Neville (organ and backing vocals), Lenny Castro and Luis Jardim (percussion), Bernard Fowler (backing vocals)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
After the wide and sweltering expanses of Texas, the Stones now find
themselves back in an atmosphere that, although very different, is every bit
as torrid—that of the dance floor. Indeed, this song, which came into being
during the sessions at Blue Wave Studios in Barbados at the beginning of
1993 (the lyrics were written later), was intended from the very beginning
as an out-and-out dance track, and is perhaps the most successful example
of its type since “Hot Stuff” eighteen years before. This is a success in
which Darryl Jones, David McMurray, and Mark Isham play a full part. The
Stones have never performed the number live, but it would no doubt have
made quite an impact…

Here, then, is the one and only concession to funk (of which Mick was so
fond) on Voodoo Lounge, and right from the intro, there is no mistaking the
territory. Charlie Watts’s funky groove is unstoppable and Darryl Jones’s
superb bass significantly boosts the dance vibe of this track, the sound he
makes being just as impressive as his actual playing. Darryl would later
confess that he had wanted to pay tribute to the legendary bassist Jaco
Pastorius with a bass line inspired by “River People” on the album Mr.
(1978). “Suck on the Jugular” is a Mick Jagger track of which James
Brown would have been proud. The harmonic shift at 0:52 inevitably calls
to mind “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” but the Stones remain
the Stones, and it is quite definitely their own sound that prevails. No
melody as such emerges; instead, Mick uses the band as a vehicle for his
lyrics, to which the backing singers respond intermittently with great
enthusiasm. Mick also plays a very good rhythm guitar part, making free
use of the wah-wah pedal. Keith plays various licks, rhythm patterns, and
solos (listen at 3:43), as does Ronnie, who adds to the different guitar
effects by playing palm mute. The horns of McMurray and Isham contribute
to the groove of this track with their crisp, highly effective riffs. The other
major surprise of “Suck on the Jugular” is Mick’s excellent harmonica solo,
which would later occur to him as strange, reminding him, he would claim,
of the phrasing of a trumpet rather than that of a harmonica

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