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Steel Wheels

Rolling Stones Audio CD
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1. Sad Sad Sad
2. Mixed Emotions
3. Terrifying
4. Hold On To Your Hat
5. Hearts For Sale
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a nice comeback May 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
After Mick Jagger's first solo album (she's the boss), after Dirty Work, the Stones got together and did a pretty good album.
Mixed Emotions and Rock and a Hard Place were the most immediate hits of that record. But they're not necessarily the best songs. Continental Drift is an expected piece from the Stones and one which testifies how broad they can be when they want to.
The best song in the album - recorded live in Stripped few years later and now a staple in most live performances by the Stones - is Slipping Away. It's a great great song. It's very basic and yet very intriguing. It's - possibly - a turning point in Keith Richards' songwriting. It opened a new line of songs -- Losing My Touch (in Forty Licks); The worst as well as thru and thru (voodoo lounge); thief in the night (bridges to babylon)--
that has expended the Stones'musical vocabulary.
It's a nice comeback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost hear Stones fans sigh Jan. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. "Can't Be Seen" is fantastic as well. "Terrifying" is a crowd pleaser. I actually love the whole album, with the possible exception of "Continental Drift," which is sort of a weird tune, like a Beatles experiment. But despite that I find this to be a great album, and I don't compile Stones lists like some of my best friends. It seems to me that the Stones were operating at full throttle on this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars England's Men Of Steel Nov. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. On BLINDED BY LOVE,Mick Jagger sings about royalty,especially the poor Prince of Wales,Prince Charles. Keith Richards takes the lead on CAN'T BE SEEN. The beginning of 1990 saw the third hit,ALMOST HEAR YOU SIGH. While promoting the album,the Stones recorded the live album FLASHPOINT,on which CAN'T BE SEEN,SAD SAD SAD and an introductory excerpt from CONTINENTAL DRIFT are heard. MIXED EMOTIONS was used in 2002 for the FORTY LICKS compilation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mick's emotions June 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 song I liked best was sung by Keith, "Slipping Away". Another song that is surprisingly good is "Continental Drift", which gains extra depth by featuring Moroccan and African instruments. Of course, the album also includes the chart hits "Mixed Emotions", "Rock and a Hard Place" and "Almost Hear You Sigh". This album doesn't rank up there with the Stones' classics, but it's not a total bomb, either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just a tad noisy Sept. 26 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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. It is very noisy and with out substance. It must have been designed for a particular 80's environment the once removed has no connection with anything of value. Sorry but it sounds like someone practicing in the garage and not sure where they are going.
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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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stones' reunion yields first of three gems
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by stonesauthority
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that reconstituted the Band
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2002 by Richard R. Carlton
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. 2 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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