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|1. One Hit (To The Body)|
|3. Harlem Shuffle|
|4. Hold Back|
|5. Too Rude|
|6. Winning Ugly|
|7. Back To Zero|
|8. Dirty Work|
|9. Had It With You|
|10. Sleep Tonight|
Digitally remastered reissue of the veteran British Rock band's 1986 album.
En 1986, le torchon brûle entre Mick Jagger et Keith Richards. Ce dernier prend les rênes et fait enregistrer des voix provisoires aux chanteurs de rhythm'n'blues Bobby Womack et Don Covay. Jagger, vexé, passe au studio quand il est vide et chante les voix définitives. Ambiance... Et à bien écouter ce disque la tension est palpable. Les seuls titres paisibles sont une ballade ("Sleep Tonight") et un reggae ("Too Rude"), tous deux chantés par Richards. Conscient du fait qu'une bonne reprise vaut mieux qu'un original peu inspiré, Jagger impose le vieux succès soul de Bob & Earl, "Harlem Shuffle", sur lequel il rugit à plaisir. La vraie réussite du disque reste cependant la chanson d'amour vache "One Hit (To The Body)" avec son canevas de riffs acoustiques et électriques plus stoniens que nature. --Hubert Deshouse
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There's some terrible performances.
Even the pants Mick is wearing on the cover are horrendous.
So is there anything redeeming to Dirty Work, the album that broke the Stones up in the mid-80's?
In fact, there is. Dirty Work sometimes thrives on the fact that it's easily the angriest, most forceful disc in Stones catalog. Think of the kind of emotion that fueled Exile on Main Street's "Ventillator Blues" filling up an entire album (so long as you exclude the dreadful Hold Back, Winning Ugly, and Back To Zero). The tension and disgust that fuels the disc are summed up by the opening of the album's first track, "One Hit". The battle between the tension-filled acoustic guitar part and the bursting, screaming electric is essentially the relationship betwen Mick and Keith on the album. The song also contains Jagger's best vocals and lyrics. Is the song addressing a relationship between two lovers? A drug and its' addict?
It's followed by the messy, sloppy "Fight", which like "Had It With You" and the title track are good, and are GREAT to listen to when you're angry with the whole damn world - but only seem great in the light of the sub-par album that they're part of.
Aside from "One Hit" and the cover of "Harlem Shuffle", Jagger's vocals are his worst in the Stones catalog: as if he were trying to sabotage the album just so he could get back to being a solo artist. In fact, the best singing on the album is on Keith's two tracks: a cover of the reggae tune "Too Rude" (I think it's great, but be warned: no else I know seems to like it) and the only other Must-Have from this album (along with "One Hit"): "Sleep Tonight".Read more ›
The only weak link in this set is "Too Rude". It's a pseudo raggae number that is nowhere close to similar raggae numbers in the 70's. As a matter of fact the song is pretty awful and should have been dumped out altogether.
Overall a really good effort that I have grown to enjoy more over the years.
Overall, I find that this disc stands out among other Stones material because it evokes memories of a difficult period of the band. Somehow, with it all, it renders complete from beginning to end. Wouldn't it be a treat to have the band cover some of this material live?!
The album includes the single hits Harlem Shuffle and One Hit (To The Body). Most people know the music, so in my reviews I try to give you data on the sessions and interesting facts connected with the songs and the album. Here we go:
Interesting notes include:
.....the working title for the album was 19 Stitches
.....the final cut (Sleep Tonight) is followed by a boogie-woogie piano fadeout memorial to Ian Steward, the real 6th Rolling Stone, who died Dec 12, 1985, just before the album was released and dedicated to him
.....Mick brought essentially nothing to the sessions because he had used all his latest ideas for his first solo album She's The Boss (Keith had threatened to "slit his......throat" if he toured with another band), so Keith took over the sessions and ran the band when Mick left to promote his album. When Mick returned, he used a different studio and worked at times when he would not be in the building with Keith.....If you watch the videos for One Hit and Fight you can actually see the (real) anger between them....they made up when the Stones played a memorial gig for Ian Steward Feb 28, 1986 at the 100 Club in Oxford St, London....They were billed as Rocket 86....(If you don't know rock history, that's the 1st rock and roll record, Ike Turner's Rocket 88, minus Brian and Ian).
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Most recent customer reviews
I'm enjoying the later Stones albums more now, with fresh ears and a few plays. This one is building up to 4 stars as I listen more. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2009 by D. Simmons
now in most music circles people are quick to dismiss Dirty Work as a big mix of trash that the stones put together. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Nathan W Farnsworth
I just recently ordered both "Undercover" and "Dirty Work." I received "Undercover" a few days before "Dirty Work," and after listening to... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004
While everyone else ridicules the Stones "Dirty Work" I must say it is worth owning if only for "One Shot" & "Harlem Shuffle".Published on Feb. 2 2004
Dirty Work is not the best Rolling Stones record of the 1980s. The Stones began the 1980s with Emotional Rescue (1980), Tatto You (1981), Still Life (1982), and Undercover... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Riccardo Pelizzo
"Dirty Work" isn't a terrible album, it just isn't particularly memorable either.
Apart from a few songs like "One Hit (To The Body)", "Harlem... Read more
This album released sometime in the first quarter of 1986,brings the R&B classic HARLEM SHUFFLE(not a Jagger-Richards compostion). Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by andy8047
DIRTY WORK is the Stones' bastard child -- which is really something considering it's the meanest blokes in the biz we're talking about. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2003 by Billucy