Rolling Stones unreleased: Putty in Your Hands
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Written by: John Patton/Kay Rogers
Recorded: Pathé-Marconi Studios, Boulogne-Billancourt (near Paris), France, May 17 1985
Guest musicians: Chuck Leavell (keyboards)
From Udiscovermusic: (about the Dirty Work album)
In retrospect, the album’s reputation seems to be bound to context, rather than content. The mid-80s was a time of intense turmoil for the Stones. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards clashed over the band’s musical direction during the making of Dirty Work’s predecessor – 1983’s Undercover – and tensions were still simmering when recording for Dirty Work began, with each band member working through a variety of personal issues. As Jagger later explained to Classic Rock: “You get difficult periods, and that was one of them.”
Helmed by producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Simple Minds, XTC), the Dirty Work sessions nonetheless proceeded across the spring and summer of 1985, though the Stones were dealt a blow during the album’s mix down, when founding member and on-off pianist Ian Stewart suddenly died of a heart attack, aged just 47.
An integral part of many Stones classics, Stewart’s death shook the group, with Keith Richards later telling Rolling Stone, “The glue fell out of the whole setup. There’s not a lot of people who realize quite what a tower of strength he was and how important he was within the band.”
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