Friday, July 4, 2008

Midnight Rambler

Let It Bleed
Track 6
"Midnight Rambler" – 6:57

The Stones little "blues opera", as Keith called it. This is of course the studio version, over time less familiar than the live version from Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! that is featured on every Stones compilation. Listening to it today, I was struck by how much smaller it sounded than the live version, how timid the band sounds. Not to say it is a bad track – it is probably the best example of the Stones playing straight blues in the studio. But it is yet another example of a song that was maybe recorded too quickly, and would have benefited from the experience of live performances to really get to know the strengths of the song.