Steel Wheels

Steel Wheels

by The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones

CD(Remastered / Reissue)

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Overview

The Stones, or more accurately the relationship between Mick and Keith, imploded shortly after Dirty Work, resulting in Mick delivering a nearly unbearably mannered, ambitious solo effort that stiffed and Keith knocking out the greatest Stones album since Tattoo You, something that satisfied the cult but wasn't a hit. Clearly, they were worth more together than they were apart, so it was time for the reunion, and that's what Steel Wheels is -- a self-styled reunion album. It often feels as if they sat down and decided exactly what their audience wanted from a Stones album, and they deliver a record that gives the people what they want, whether it's Tattoo You-styled rockers, ballads in the vein of "Fool to Cry," even a touch of old-fashioned experimentalism with "Continental Drift." Being professionals, in the business for over two and a half decades, and being a band that always favored calculation, they wear all this well, even if this lacks the vigor and menace that fuels the best singles; after all, the rocking singles ("Sad Sad Sad," "Rock and a Hard Place," "Mixed Emotions") wind up being smoked by such throwaways as "Hold on to Your Hat." Even though it's just 12 songs, the record feels a little long, largely due to its lack of surprises and unabashed calculation (the jams are slicked up so much they don't have the visceral power of the jam record, Black and Blue). Still, the Stones sound good, and Mick and Keith both get off a killer ballad apiece with "Almost Hear You Sigh" and "Slipping Away," respectively. It doesn't make for a great Stones album, but it's not bad, and it feels like a comeback -- which it was supposed to, after all.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602527015675
catalogNumber: 001291502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rolling Stones   Primary Artist
Mick Jagger   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Shaker
Ronnie Wood   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Charlie Watts   Drums
Sarah Dash   Background Vocals
Bill Wyman   Bass Guitar
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Phil Beer   Fiddle,Mandolin
Simon Clarke   Brass
Matt Clifford   Piano,Strings,Harmonium,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Kick Horns   Horn,Brass
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Chuck Leavell   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Keith Richards   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar
Tim Sanders   Brass
Paul Spong   Brass
Louis Jardine   Percussion
Roddy Corimer   Trumpet,Brass

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Arranger,Composer
Simon Clarke   Horn Arrangements
Matt Clifford   Arranger,Orchestration,Percussion Programming
Alan Dunn   Logistics
Glimmer Twins   Producer
Kick Horns   Horn Arrangements
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer,Sound Effects
Tony Russell   Band Technician
Tim Sanders   Horn Arrangements
Paul Spong   Horn Arrangements
Roddy Corimer   Horn Arrangements
Pierre de Beauport   Band Technician
Mark Norton   Logo Design
John Warwicker   Art Direction
Christopher Marc Potter   Engineer
Steve Jordan   Composer
Chuch Magee   Band Technician

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