Rolling Stones unreleased: ‘No Expectations’ (outtake)
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Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios,London, England, May 13-23 1968
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (piano)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
Glyn Johns, the album’s recording engineer and a longtime collaborator of the band, said that Beggars Banquet signalled “the Rolling Stones’ coming of age. … I think that the material was far better than anything they’d ever done before. The whole mood of the record was far stronger to me musically.” Producer Jimmy Miller described guitarist Keith Richards as “a real workhorse” while recording the album, mostly due to the infrequent presence of Brian Jones. When he did show up at the sessions, Jones behaved erratically due to his drug use and emotional problems.
Miller said that Jones would “show up occasionally when he was in the mood to play, and he could never really be relied on: “When he would show up at a session—let’s say he had just bought a sitar that day, he’d feel like playing it, so he’d look in his calendar to see if the Stones were in. Now he may have missed the previous four sessions. We’d be doing let’s say, a blues thing. He’d walk in with a sitar, which was totally irrelevant to what we were doing, and want to play it. I used to try to accommodate him. I would isolate him, put him in a booth and not record him onto any track that we really needed. And the others, particularly Mick and Keith, would often say to me, ‘Just tell him to piss off and get the hell out of here’.”
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