About Mick Jagger shooting the video of ‘Out of Focus’…
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‘Out of Focus’ video shoot. Spiller’s Mill, London, June 8 1993
Director: Simon Maxell and/or J. Matheson.
Animation by Martin Pick
Wandering Spirit is the third solo album by Mick Jagger. Released in 1993, it was his only solo album release of the 1990s.
Following The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels (1989), Jagger began writing new material for what would become Wandering Spirit. In January 1992, after landing Rick Rubin as co-producer, Jagger recorded the album in Los Angeles over seven months until September 1992, recording simultaneously as Keith Richards was making Main Offender.
Jagger kept the celebrity guests to a minimum on Wandering Spirit, only having Lenny Kravitz as a vocalist on his cover of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” and bassist Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on three tracks.
Following the end of The Rolling Stones’ Sony Music contract and their signing to Virgin Records, Jagger elected to sign with Atlantic Records (which had signed the Stones in the 1970s) to distribute what would be his only album with the label.
Released in February 1993, Wandering Spirit was commercially successful, reaching #12 in the UK and #11 in the US, going gold there. The track “Sweet Thing” was the lead single, although it was the second single, “Don’t Tear Me Up”, which found moderate success, topping Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart for one week. Critical reaction was very strong, noting Jagger’s abandonment of slick synthesizers in favour of an incisive and lean guitar sound.
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