Thursday, April 3, 2008

Off The Hook

The Rolling Stones No.2
Side 2, Track 5
"Off The Hook" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) – 2:33

A fairly straightforward Mick and Keith composition. Nothing especially notable here except for the double-tracked lead vocals, a technique used by the Beatles in their early years (contemporaneous with the recording of this song) for Lennon songs. He hated double-tracking his vocals because of the amount of effort to get the timing exactly right – every note has to be sung exactly the same as the main track, without any improvisation. This involved a lot of time in the studio doing many takes of the same melody until he recorded two that were exactly the same. Mick solved this problem by just using the first take, regardless of how sloppy it sounded.

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