Talk Is Cheap (Remastered) Keith Richards
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- 1Big Enough03:18
- 2Take It So Hard03:16
- 4I Could Have Stood You Up03:13
- 5Make No Mistake04:53
- 6You Don't Move Me04:49
- 7How I Wish03:32
- 9Whip It Up04:02
- 10Locked Away05:47
- 11It Means A Lot05:24
Info for Talk Is Cheap (Remastered)
Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards solo release. If you like the Stones, check out Talk Is Cheap and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
"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." (Chris True, AMG)
Keith Richards, lead vocals, guitar
Sarah Dash, background vocals, duet on "Make No Mistake"
Charley Drayton, bass (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 7, 9 to 11)
Steve Jordan, drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ivan Neville, piano, keyboards (tracks: 2, 3, 7, 10, 11)
Patti Scialfa, background vocals
Waddy Wachtel, acoustic, electric, slide guitar (tracks: 2, 3, 6 to 11)
Bootsy Collins, bass on "Big Enough"
Michael Doucet, violin on "Locked Away"
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, accordion on "You Don't Move Me", "Rockawhile", and "Locked Away"
Johnny Johnson, piano on "I Could Have Stood You Up"
Bobby Keys, tenor saxophone on "I Could Have Stood You Up" and "Whip It Up"
Chuck Leavell, organ on "I Could Have Stood You Up"
Maceo Parker, alto saxophone on "Big Enough"
Joey Spampinato, bass on "I Could Have Stood You Up" and "Rockawhile"
Mick Taylor, guitar on "I Could Have Stood You Up"
Bernie Worrell, organ on "Big Enough" and "You Don't Move Me" and clavinet on "Make No Mistake" & "Rockawhile"
Produced By Keith Richards & Steve Jordan
Engineers: Robert Berry (also assistant engineer), Joe Blaney, David Dorn (also assistant engineer), Richard Ealey (also assistant engineer), Joe Ferla, David Kennedy, Paul Milner (also assistant engineer), Julio Pena (also assistant engineer), Don Smith, Roger Talkov (also assistant engineer)
Mixing: Joe Blaney (tracks: 1, 4, 5), Don Smith
Mastering: Greg Calbi
Recorded at Air Studios Montserrat, Le Studio, Montreal, Canada
Mixed at Atlantic Studios, The Hit Factory
Mastered at a Nimbus plant
Even as a child, Richards knew he wanted to play rock and roll. He would pose in front of the mirror and practice "getting down his moves," as he called them. These moves most likely didn't help him much as a choirboy (he once sang for the Queen), but his angelic voice helped mask the miscreant lurking just beneath the surface. When he was 15, his mother bought him his first guitar, and from that moment, it became the most important thing in his life. A rekindled friendship with Mick Jagger (they were sandbox mates) and a mutual love of American blues led to the formation, in 1962, of a band called the Rolling Stones. Their guitarist, Brian Jones, came up with the name, which he borrowed from the Muddy Waters classic "Rollin' Stone Blues." The group began playing gigs around London, doing mostly covers of songs by their heroes — Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon to name a few.
Richards' edgy guitar style set the band apart, and once he and Jagger discovered that they could actually write songs, there was no stopping them. One of their earliest collaborations was the classic "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which Richards wrote during a bout of insomnia while on tour; Newsweek called the song's chord progression "five notes that shook the world." The song made a name for the band in America, and was the first of a long string of hits. The band stood in stark contrast to the shiny, happy Beatles — even white sailor suits could not make them look less menacing — and soon their off-stage antics garnered as much press as their music. Jagger and Richards were the bad boys of rock and roll, and were soon dubbed the "Glimmer Twins." Keith was at the forefront of a gathering cloud of controversy, which began with a 1967 arrest on trumped-up drug charges. Over the next decade, he was arrested ten times, with the most serious charge leveled in March of 1977, when he was arrested in Toronto, Canada, for heroin possession. He narrowly escaped jail, partly due to the pleas of a young blind woman, who told the court how Richards had made sure she was returned home safely after a Stones concert. He worked out a plea bargain that included a benefit show for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and he was allowed to enter the United States for drug treatment.
Several years ago, Keith Richards made a public service announcement urging the youth of the world to stay off drugs. Jokes abounded, mostly about how the kids couldn't do any more drugs, because Keith had already done them all. But who better to serve as the poster child for the dangers of drug use than a hugely talented, but faintly crumbled, middle-aged man who survived a heroin addiction that would have killed the heartiest of men. Richards survived it all — the drugs, the women, the Boy Scouts (he joined at 13 but soon dropped out), Altamont, a 40-some-year friendship with Mick Jagger — and came through with most of his faculties intact.
The love-hate relationship between Richards and Jagger, which more closely resembles a marriage than a brotherhood, borders on the schizophrenic: for Jagger, the music was a vehicle for girls, fame, and big business; Richards played because he could not imagine doing anything else. Richards is also fiercely loyal to the Rolling Stones and, in contrast to Jagger, he never wanted to make a solo record. A mid-eighties feud that erupted between the pair was very public, fueled by such Richards rhetoric as, "To me, twenty-five years of integrity went down the drain [when Jagger released a solo album]." He drove that point home further in the song "You Don't Move Me," off his own first solo record, the critically acclaimed Talk Is Cheap. He went out on the road with his backup band, The X-pensive Winos, and released a live album and video of the tour.
The Stones have had an incredible run, and they obviously are not quite ready to slow down, if their extensive tour in support of their 1997 album, Bridges to Babylon, is any indication. Richards seems indestructible at this point, although he doesn't recommend anyone live life as he has; he chalks up his durability to "sturdy stock." Richards will most likely go the way of the great bluesmen he admires so much, who continued to play the music they loved right into their old age. As Richards says, "To me, the main thing about living on this planet is to know who the hell you are and be real about it. That's the reason I'm still alive." (Source: Mr. Show Biz)
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