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Also known as: ‘You Don’t Tell Me’ Written by: Jagger/Richards Recorded: RPM Studios, NYC, USA, July 16-Aug. 17 1985 Guest musicians: Bobby Womack and Don Covay (vocals), Chuck Leavell (piano)
From Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012: The tracks is an incredible 16-minute soulful exchange of organ, piano, and the duetting vocals of Bobby Womack and Don Covay. It’s very unlikely that the songwriters are Jagger/Richards, more likely to be a jazz soul scriber. invitation
Dirty Work is the 18th British and 20th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1986. The album was recorded under difficult circumstances, as tensions and conflicts arose between band members during the recording process. Richards and Jagger, the band’s two principal songwriters, were at odds with one another for the majority of the 1980s. Nearly every member of the band had been focusing on side projects or solo albums over the previous few years. It was uncommon for all five of the band’s principal members to be present at the same time during recording sessions; these absences included guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts, and bassist Bill Wyman.
The former member and regular piano contributor Ian Stewart, who passed away just before the album’s release, would appear on it for the final time. As a result, several guest musicians, including guitarists Jimmy Page and Bobby Womack, were featured on the album. Ivan Neville and Chuck Leavell, who would stay with the band for decades, played the keyboards. Unlike most Stones albums, this one didn’t have a supporting tour because the band members couldn’t get along well enough to perform together live. The album’s recording sessions took place from March to April 1985 at the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France. The band was unable to use their preferred recording studio in the Netherlands due to the country’s tax laws.
Despite the challenges faced during the recording process, Dirty Work managed to produce some notable tracks, including “Harlem Shuffle” and “One Hit (To the Body).” The album received mixed reviews from critics, but it was still a commercial success, reaching high chart positions in various countries.