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Steel Wheels

Rolling Stones Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1. Sad Sad Sad
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4. Hold On To Your Hat
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6. Blinded By Love
7. Rock And A Hard Place
8. Can't Be Seen
9. Almost Hear You Sigh
10. Continental Drift
11. Break The Spell
12. Slipping Away

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Avec Steel Wheels, les Stones réussissent à faire mieux qu’Emotional Rescue et Undercover. Quel exploit ! Encore plus fort : Mick Jagger et Keith Richards reviennent à des considérations plus rock'n'roll et retrouvent un certain savoir-faire dans la composition des "bons-vieux-rock- typiquement-stoniens". Le très carré "Sad, Sad, Sad" d'ouverture rassure immédiatement sur l'état de santé du quintette de plus en plus fripé. Les Cailloux ne changent d'ailleurs pas de mains avec "Mixed Emotions" à la rythmique bien bétonnée. C'est toujours sur mesure, mais moins inspiré, avec le lourd "Rock And A Hard Place" ou la ballade "Blinded By Love". Même lorsque la géniale voix de poulet égorgé de Richards retentit sur "Can't Be Seen" (ça n'est certes pas le "Happy" d'Exile On Main Street), l'effet habituellement magique est quasi garanti. Tout comme l'émouvante séquence "souvenir souvenir" proposée par le marocain "Continental Drift", avec les musiciens de Joujouka (Brian Jones es-tu là ? Un coup pour oui...). A l'arrivée, malgré la production peu chaleureuse et souvent métallique, la cuvée 89 vieillit correctement. --Marc Zisman

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4.0 out of 5 stars The archetypal Stones album.... Aug. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's almost as if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sat down and wrote the songs for this album thinking "what is it that people want from a Stones album?".
They apparently decided that people want both the rockers, the ballads, and perhaps a bit of modest experimentalism ("Continental Drift"), and that's what "Steel Wheels" provides.
It opens with two tough rockers, "Sad, Sad, Sad" and "Mixed Emotions", followed by the somewhat less remarkable "Terrifying" and "Hold On To Your Hat", and the nice, bluesy "Hearts For Sale".
"Blinded By Love" is a lovely melody, a folkish, acoustic ballad with Phil Beer (who worked with the Fairport Convention, Mike Oldfield and the Albion Band among others) playing mandolin.
Then comes one of the six (!) singles that were lifted off "Steel Wheels", and perhaps the best-known (although it was not the most succesful): the slightly disco-influenced "Rock And A Hard Place".
Keith Richards gets off the groovy, muscular rocker "Can't Be Seen", which sounds like something off one of his solo albums, and the fine, soulful ballad, "Almost Hear You Sigh", is actually a Keith Richards-number as well, although Mick Jagger sings it. Richards is playing a classical Velasquez guitar, and suddenly breaks into a magnificent, if too short, classical guitar solo.
And finally, after the very African-sounding "Continental Drift" and the so-so "Break The Spell", another ballad, this time with the lead vocal done by Keith Richards himself: "Slipping Away" is one of the best songs Richards has penned, lyrically and musically, and one of the best vocal tracks he and his whiskey-soaked pipes have laid down as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nugget of Gold in a Bucket of Sand March 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Stones have connected best when they've delivered simple truths through their music. These simple elements include lyrics that tell a story and melody and rhythms that seem to explode out of that story.
Richards once said the Jumpin Jack Flash was his favorite song to play. Using this song as a standard helps to show why Steel Wheels doesn't make it. "Sad Sad Sad" and "Hearts for Sale" approximate the Stones standard but the question is do they matter and who in the band (or elsewhere) really cares what these songs have to say.
Rather than go through the list of songs that don't quite deliver on this Stones excursion, it's better to look at the one song that jumps out. "Mixed Emotion" has enough power by itself to make the CD worth clicking the 'buy it now' button. It's a total of four driving chords, committed vocals, a clean story line, and at least a sense that someone in the band cares about this song. It charts a simple rebirth of a musical relationship - a letting go of stupid things that don't matter and a reconnection with primal fire that has sustained this band.
Stack this song up against any of the golden age Stones numbers and it holds its own. The great news is that, even though the Stones so often shoot blanks in their later years, they can still can tell the truth in a way that has defined rock and roll for decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stones' reunion yields first of three gems Nov. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
By the time of this 1989 release, the Rolling Stones, as a functioning band, were in bad shape. The Glimmer Twins had feuded throughout much of the '80s, resulting in several poorly-accepted Stones' albums (1983's "Undercover" and 1986's "Dirty Work"), and solo albums from each that veered towards the modern (Jagger's "She's the Boss" and "Primitive Cool") and the pleasant-but-not-particularly-adventurous (Richards' "Talk is Cheap"). But turmoil has always been a strengthening agent for the Stones, and the mediocre commercial results of the their solo work clearly drove Mick and Keith back together. The result is the first of the three greatest Stones albums ever: "Steel Wheels," "Voodoo Lounge" and "Bridges to Babylon."
In every respect, "Steel Wheels" is a template of the Stones' strengths: out-and-out rock 'n' roll, muscular, yet emotional, ballads, street smarts and sophistication. Jagger and Richards' earliest songwriting showed the seeds of this later work, but it's the decades of experience layered onto their craft that gives it a deep, long-lasting resonance. Both of the principals sound more energetic than ever. Only Mick Jagger could sing a lyric like "Button your lip baby; Button you coat; Let's go out dancing; Go for the throat" with the sort of international playboy authority heard here. Similarly, Richards' guitars focus their visceral punch into tidy jams that avoid the ragged excess of albums like "Black and Blue" without losing any of his authority or energy.
As Bill Wyman's swan-song (he'd be replaced by Darryl Jones for the penultimate album of the holy trio, "Voodoo Lounge"), this is a fitting finale. Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts provide a prototypical rock 'n' roll bottom-end, heavy on the backbeat and with a hint of swing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album that reconstituted the Band Oct. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 title song Steel Wheels evolved into Rock And A Hard Place
.....the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the middle of the recording sessions for this album
.....the album sessions represented a renewal of the band by Mick and Keith...they wrote some of the songs on their hotel balcony by the ocean
.....Continental Drift includes recordings by the Master Musicians of Joujouka (Morocco) who had first been recorded by Brian Jones in 1967.
The Steel Wheels sessions occurred in 1989 in Barbados and on Montserrat in the West Indies. Final mixing was done at Olympic Sound in London between May 15 and June 29, 1989.
Jan 20 - Feb 13, 1989 at Blue Wave Studios in Barbados and Mar 29 - May 5, 1989 at Air Studios on Montserrat
.....Mixed Emotions (version 1)
.....Mixed Emotions (version 4)
.....Almost Hear You Sigh (version 1)
.....Terrifying (version 1)
.....Terrifying (version 2)
.....Terrifying (version 3)
.....Slipping Away
.....Sad Sad Sad
.....Hold On To Your Hat
.....Hearts For Sale
.....Blinded By Love
.....Can't Be Seen
.....Continental Drift (version 1)
.....Break The Spell
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 1)
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 2)
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 3)
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 4)
The Steel Wheels sessions produced a number of unreleased tracks, including Hell Hound On My Trail, Three Oceans, Ready Yourself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just a tad noisy
I know it is not polite to review music types you do not like. However I did not know I did not like this until I listened. It is not the genre it is this album that is off. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice comeback
After Mick Jagger's first solo album (she's the boss), after Dirty Work, the Stones got together and did a pretty good album. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Riccardo Pelizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost hear Stones fans sigh
I am willing to bet that die hard Stones fans probably don't love this album as I do. "Mixed Emotions" and "Almost Hear You Sigh" are spectacular songs, especially the latter. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by Neil Delaney
4.0 out of 5 stars England's Men Of Steel
All the songs are great. Released in August 1989,this album brings its first hit, ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. The next hit was MIXED EMOTIONS. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by andy8047
3.0 out of 5 stars Mick's emotions
Half the songs here are very good, and the other half are very forgetable. After recently listing to this album for the first time in a few years, I was surprised to find that the... Read more
Published on June 13 2003 by Johnny Heering
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a tad noisy
I know it is not polite to review music types you do not like. However I did not know I did not like this until I listened. It is not the genre it is this album that is off. Read more
Published on May 1 2003 by bernie
Steel Wheels is the sound of a band rediscovering the power of their musical interplay and the sound of them maybe having FUN and surpirsing themselves for the first time since at... Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by adam david
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as "Dirty Work"
Dirty Work redefined The Stones as the greatest arse kickin' rock band on the planet. Apparently too hard edged for some of our more tame listeners , like the previous reviewers ,... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002 by C. Berger
4.0 out of 5 stars It's About The Songs
Steel Wheels is much maligned these days because of its polish I guess. Actually, there's some great songwriting to be found on such tracks like Almost Hear You Sigh, Slipping... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by Patrick D. Stella
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