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Dirty Work

3.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 26 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000W66
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. One Hit (To The Body)
2. Fight
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
11. Untitled

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Digitally remastered reissue of the veteran British Rock band's 1986 album.

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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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Format: Audio CD
Wow,quite the polarity in reviews for this album. In cleaning out a drawer found my old cassette of Dirty Work and decided to rip it into mp3s. Even the people who hate this album aknowledge there are three solid songs, and I would venture four are above average, only a couple of dullards so it's gotta be scored above average. The power guitar, the snarling vocals are right there. I recall back in the '80s the Stones were panned for every album, it seemed the literati hoped they would go away and had no business still putting out LPs. Pulling out this cassette was like finding a $20 bill in an old jacket pocket.
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This album, as stated, is often overlooked in the grand scheme of the Stones discography. It may take some people a few listens to warm up to this offereing, but if given a chance this album shouldn't dissapoint. The key tracks here are the "hits" or singles that were realeased at the time. "One Hit (To The Body)" & "Harlem Shuffle" are excellent tunes that are as strong as some of the material from the 70's. The rest of the album has a couple of hidden songs that warrant further listening. "Fight" is a catchy tune starts off at full speed and doesn't stop. "Winning Ugly" has some of Bill Wyman's best bass lines. The bass lines are actually pretty prominent in this tune, which is not a bad thing.
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.
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By A Customer on Feb. 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
This disc captures the Stones in obvious conflict, however, it is an accurate relic of that time period in the group's history. Musically it beams more lead guitar with Jimmy Page among others guesting in the sessions. "One Hit (To The Body)" is a cranker and "Hold Back" sports an aggressive and infectious rhythm section. The title track rocks out and "Sleep Tonight" evokes a tender Richards ballad that just keeps growing on me. The Stones sound angry and that, I am convinced, was a motivator; "Fight" being a case in point. "Harlem Shuffle" is a typical Stones swaggering and danceable single. "Too Rude" finds Richards in familiar reggae-influenced territory. For what it is worth, Ron Wood shares 4 of the songwriting credits!
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?!
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Am I the Rolling Stones who thinks this is a great album? I suppose so. Yea most of you people won't believe I'm serious. (In fact most veteran Stones fans will think I'm playing some sort of bad joke) But I'm telling the truth. I like this album. The album is full of great blues and dance driven rock 'n' roll. In fact I think the sound is greatly influenced by Tattoo You and laid the groundwork for what became Steel Wheels. Hard blues-Rockers like One Hit (To the Body) and Fight in the first half are the highlights of the album. The second half features some great dance driven somewhat mean spirited songs like Winning Ugly and Back to Zero while the blues rocker Had it With You doesn't get the attention it deserves. The Stones apparently do Harlem Shuffle half ass. (Not one of their prouder moments) And Sleep Tonight and Too Rude aren't some of Keith's more impressive performances either. (Though Too Rude is rather catchy.) Yet all in all this is a fine album on the whole. Plus its the Stones. And even on their bad albums there is always something to offer. (In this case the essential track is One Hit(To the Body) Short and Simple: Fine Stones albums. Don't be discouraged by the bad reviews and give this a listen.
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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 (1983).
Dirty Work is not as good as any of them: it's not as dirty as Undercover, it's not as inspired as Tattoo You, it's not as original as Emotional Rescue. But Dirty Work is certainly one of the most underrated Stones record.
One Hit is a great rock. Harlem Shuffle is a nice cover. Dirty Work is a very energetic piece. And then you have some of the best Keith.
Dirty Work is the first album in which Keith sings two songs. Too Rude is a beatiful slow reggae which became a staple in his tour with the Expensive Winos. And then there is Sleep Tonight, which is a great slow song, in the best Rolling Stone tradition. It is probably Keith's best singing performance.
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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
While everyone else ridicules the Stones "Dirty Work" I must say it is worth owning if only for "One Shot" & "Harlem Shuffle".
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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.

It won't match the 70's Stones albums from my youth, but it's a nice alternative.

For today, my favourite song is "Harlem Shuffle"; "Too Rude" is a good example of the Stones trying something different; least favourite is probably "Had it With You".

"Sleep Tonight" is another 'sweet' Richards/Jagger ballad.

For the new 2009 reissues, I haven't noticed much difference from the last reissues. The packaging is the same, and the sound is very similar to me. But I've been purchasing the new remasters anyways...
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