rolling stones worried about tattoo you 1981Can You Hear the Music?


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Rolling Stones songs: Worried About You
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Sweet things, sweet things that you promised me…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: RSM Studios, Rotterdam, Holland, Jan. 22-Feb. 9 1975; EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, June 10-Oct. 14 1979
Guest musicians: Wayne Perkins (guitar solo), Billy Preston (piano)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“Worried About You” is another track on Tattoo You that dates back to the Black and Blue sessions at the beginning about 1975. Mick Jagger adopts his finest falsetto voice to sing about the life of a couple with its highs and, most importantly, their lows. The narrator ponders his relationship with his lover before declaring: Lord, I’ll find out anyway, sure gonna find myself a
girl someday
. To put it in a nutshell, he is eaten away by anxiety, and frets that he cannot seem to find his way. This is a little-known aspect of Mick Jagger’s personality, one he does not often divulge… The Stones performed “Worried About You” for the first time at the El Mocambo Club in Toronto during the two shows on March 4 and 5, 1977 (more than four years before
the release of Tattoo You), and again during their 2002–2003, 2006, and 2013–2014 tours.

The electric piano in the introduction is played by Mick. It is probably a Wurlitzer with phasing generated possibly by a Leslie speaker. In Rotterdam, Billy Preston was apparently responsible for the keyboard parts, but his contribution cannot be heard on the final mix. Bill supports Mick with a very prominent bass line, while Charlie marks the beat on his hi-hat. Keith plays a funky rhythm guitar, also colored by phasing and a reasonably short delay. “Worried About You” is far from the best track on Tattoo You, but it exudes an engrossing melancholy. Mick Jagger forces his voice a little too much in the falsetto passages, and it comes as a relief when he returns to his normal, hard-edged rock ’n’ roll register at 3:22. He is joined in the refrains by Keith, who comes in with a very high voice to harmonize with his bandmate. The excellent solo from 2:46 is played by the talented Wayne Perkins in a style not too different from Mick Taylor’s. It is amusing and even a little strange to see Ron Wood imitating Wayne’s playing in the mimed promo shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in June 1981, Woody who would snatch a place in the band virtually out of Wayne’s hands… Finally, a tambourine can be heard, played in all likelihood by Ollie E. Brown.

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