The ever-busy producer, songwriter, and filmmaker Dave Stewart visited Amoeba Hollywood recently for an episode of What's In My Bag?. I was most familiar with him because of his work in the Eurythmics and his recent project, SuperHeavy, featuring the unlikely combination of Mick Jagger, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, British soul singer Joss Stone, reggae artist Damian Marley and himself. What I didn't know about Stewart was his extensive history producing albums for other artists, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Neville Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bryan Ferry and many more. In fact, he won a Brit Award in 1986 for Best Producer.
During our shoot, he told a few stories about his experiences filming with R.L. Burnside for his 1991 documentary Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads; Mick Jagger being "Mick Jagger on stage" even in the recording studio; and the genesis for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."
Needless to say, he had a lot of great stories to share with us, including how Mick Jagger can't help but behave like "Mick Jagger on stage," complete with all his signature dance moves, even when he's in the recording booth. Can't wait to see the video when it's finished!
This week, 33 years after its original release, the Rolling Stones' critically and commercially acclaimed 1978 album that topped the Billboard 200 album charts and spawned the crossover disco-blues fused worldwide megahit "Miss You," Some Girls is being re-released in a newly remastered form that is now available at Amoeba Music in three versions: the Some Girls remastered LP pressing, Some Girls Deluxe edition CD, and the Some Girls Super-Deluxe edition CD which include unreleased songs and a single for "Beast of Burden."
As aptly noted by the Amoeba Online Store reviewer of the Some Girls Remastered 2-CD Deluxe Edition, "The remaster gives the drums especially a terrific crispness. And the bonus disc is far from inessential, showing a range of different tacks the band could have taken on Some Girls, including the country jangle of “Claudine” and the rollicking “Do You Think I Really Care,” in which Jagger outsneers the punks coming up behind him."
That comment makes reference to the fact that Some Girls was released at a time when punk was in its prime and established rockers like Jagger were seen as old fogies past their prime and creativeness. Recorded between October 1977 and March 1978 Some Girls, with its obvious punk influences, was seen as Jagger's reaction to this attitude. But beyond punk and its even more obvious disco/dance influences Some Girls was really Jagger's paean to New York City (the song "Shattered" with lyrics like "Life's just a cocktail party on the street, Big Apple people dressed in plastic bags directing traffic" "or "Miss You" with Jagger singing how "I been walking Central Park" - are among the album's many examples) with countless references and nods throughout to the Big Apple which, at the time, was in its most run-down, albeit decadent, best.
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