rolling stones all down the line 1969unreleased


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Rolling Stones unreleased: All Down the Line (acoustic version)

Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, June 5-Jul7 3 1969

All Down the Line was re-recorded in 1971 for the EXILE ON MAIN ST album. This acoustic guitar version recorded in June-July 1969 was principally instrumental. Mick Jagger only sang a brief vocal line for guide purposes indicating the lyrics were unfinished, although the chorus was definitely “all down the line”. Testimony to this, the earlier recording date can be confirmed by referece to the copyright credits which were the same as other ‘sixties material’ (Essex Music International Ltd.) Some of their best rockers were acoustic and this is no exception, a great outtake!

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“All Down the Line” is one of the oldest Glimmer Twins compositions on Exile on Main St. An acoustic demo exists from 1969 and an electric version that was recorded during the Sticky Fingers sessions. The track underwent a serious face-lift in the Nellcôte basement, above all through the addition of a typically “Richardsian” riff on his Telecaster in open G, played through the Ampeg amp from which he was able to get such a fantastic sound. Jimmy Miller provides him with first-rate rhythmic support on the tambourine. Charlie Watts is no less effective, delivering a drum part that smacks and swings, joined before long by Bill Wyman’s excellent, powerful bass. Neither would “All Down the Line” be what it is without Mick Taylor’s Les Paul, on which he delivers a red-hot slide part, a real exhibition of his talents as a guitarist. On top of all this come the spirited
horns of the two Texans, Nicky Hopkins’s boogie-woogie piano, and Kathi McDonald’s backing vocals, making “All Down the Line” one of the best tracks on the album. Andy Johns recalls Jagger’s reaction: “That was the first one that actually got finished and Mick said, ‘This is a single. This is a single!’ And I thought, ‘He’s out of his fucking mind. This is not a single.’
And he went, ‘Really? Do ya think so?’ And that was the first time I realized, ‘Jesus, he’ll actually listen to me.’”
(Ref. all down the line acoustic)

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