Talk Is Cheap [30th Anniversary]

Talk Is Cheap [30th Anniversary]

by Keith RichardsKeith Richards


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In 1987, it was anyone's guess if the Stones would ever get back together. Sure, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were well known for their public disagreements, but when Jagger decided to tour in support of his second solo album, Primitive Cool, Richards was disheartened and finally succumbed to the idea of recording without the Rolling Stones. Taking the band he had assembled to back up Chuck Berry for the Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll documentary (along with longtime session player Waddy Wachtel), Richards put together an album that was straightforward, musical, and better than a good portion of the Stones' output in the first half of the '80s. The lead single "Take It So Hard," "Whip It Up," and "Struggle" are classic Richards riffology, and tracks like "Locked Away" are emotional without being maudlin and worldly but not sounding adult contemporary. The main point of Talk Is Cheap is the music, nothing more; Richards obviously didn't want to fret about anything but the groove. While Jagger's solo work sounded like Mick with some studio musicians, Keith had assembled a band, found a productive songwriting partner in Steve Jordan, and created a record that was free of frills. Simply put, Richards sounded like he was playing for himself, and playing with a certain sense of enjoyment. The new band, the X-pensive Winos, had a different work ethic than the Stones, forcing Richards to focus on the music. What resulted was a solid album built on fundamentals rather than style. It's hard not to see who the real musical force was in the Stones after hearing Talk Is Cheap.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2019
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 4050538424973
catalogNumber: 24973
Rank: 17005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Richards   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Handwriting
Michael Doucet   Violin
Ivan Neville   Piano,Keyboards
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Clavinet
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Sarah Dash   Vocals,Background Vocals
Maceo Parker   Alto Saxophone
Willie Mitchell   Horn
Patti Scialfa   Background Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Bass
Sam Butler   Background Vocals
Ben Cauley   Horn
Charley Drayton   Bass,Drums,Background Vocals
Jack Hale   Horn
Bobby Keys   Tenor Saxophone,Baritone (Vocal)
Jimmi Kinnard   Horn
Chuck Leavell   Organ
Andrew Love   Horn
James Mitchell   Horn
Joey Spampinato   Bass
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Steve Jordan   Bass,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Background Vocals
Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural   Accordion
Gray E. Topper   Horn

Technical Credits

Willie Mitchell   Horn Arrangements
Joe Blaney   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
David Kennedy   Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Don Smith   Engineer
David Gorman   Art Direction
Sante d'Orazio   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Steve Jordan   Composer,Producer
Jane Rose   Executive Producer,Management
Zachariah Mattheus   Art Direction
Lawrence Peryer   Reissue Producer

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