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Steel Wheels

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  • Audio CD (July 26 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000W64
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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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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Digitally remastered reissue of the veteran British Rock band's 1989 album.

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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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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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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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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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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