The song deals with the sudden popularity of Scotland The Brave/51st Highland Division/The Rowan Tree/Wings - Various - Scotland The Brave calming drugs among housewives, and the potential hazards of overdose or addiction.
The drug in question is variously assumed to be meprobamate Miltown  or diazepam Valium. The song begins with the line that is also heard as the last line in the repeated bridge section:.
What a drag it is getting old Kids are different today, I hear every mother say Mother needs something today to calm her down And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day . And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose No more running for the shelter of a mother's little helper They just helped you on your way, to your busy dying day .
The song is based around folksy chords and an eastern-flavoured guitar riff sounding like a sitarbut is a dual- slide riff played on two electric string guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards.
Fittingly, an alternate take featured a young Jimmy Page on guitar. The murky, clattering sound and Julien Temple's A New Level - Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power video weren't the only things that set "Undercover of the Night" apart.
A slow-building electric blues about a man aching long-distance for his baby, it morphs into a fevered jam at the three-minute mark — Jagger freestyling in a way he'd refine on "Midnight Rambler. Debate still rages as to whether it's about Jagger 's then-paramour, Marianne Faithfull she even had a part in writing it.
Whatever the case, it's one of the Stones ' starkest, scariest recordings. It's gruff, simple country blues with his shining acoustic-slide work, some handsome Nicky Hopkins organ, and autoharp from Jones. It's also a sleeper among Let It Bleed 's flamboyant set pieces. As a love song by a romantic to a gold digger, it's among the guitarist's truly revealing moments.
One of the band's most uncharacteristic ballads is credited as a Jagger — Richards song. But Richards had little to do with it. Taylor's glistening Santana-esque guitar lines define it, and his extended outro may be the best guitar solo in the The Rolling Stones - Mothers Little Helper / Lady Jane catalog. Sadly, it would be a swan song, as he quit the band shortly after it was released, in part, he claimed, for being denied writing credit.
One of the band's softest and most tenderhearted ballads and their only ballad to go Number One"Angie" was written by Richards while he was being treated for heroin addiction at a clinic in Switzerland.
I just went, 'Angie, Angie. It was just a working title, like, who's gonna call a song 'Angie,' how boring, another chick's name, ya know. A tribute to Angela Davis, the Black Panther who was jailed for murder inthis ballad is the The Rolling Stones - Mothers Little Helper / Lady Jane most activist moment.
Jagger sings, "Free the sweet black slave," framed by acoustic guitars, backwoods harmonica and a touch of calypso lilt. It may also be Jagger's least campy, most convincing country-folk performance. The Stones made this Buddy Holly standard sound demanding and desperate.
Andrew Loog Oldham went so far as to say it was "the first song Mick and Keith wrote. The way they arranged it was the beginning of their shaping of them as songwriters. As per the chorus, this tribute to groupies was titled "Starfucker," until label honcho Ahmet Ertegun stepped in. And it became even more infamous during the tour, when a foot-tall penis was inflated alongside Jagger as he sang it.
The line about "givin' head to Steve McQueen" had to be vetted with the actor, who was quite flattered. Trending Tracks 1. Saturday 27 Heaven Is A Truck (Egg Shell) - Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain - L.A.s Desert Origins Sunday 28 July Monday 29 July Tuesday 30 July Wednesday 31 July Thursday 1 August Friday 2 August Saturday 3 August Sunday 4 August Monday 5 August Tuesday 6 August Wednesday 7 August Thursday 8 August Friday 9 August The Maid Gaed To The Mill - Various - Songs & Dances of Scotland 10 August Sunday 11 August Monday 12 August Tuesday 13 August Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August Friday 16 August Saturday 17 August Sunday 18 August Monday 19 August The Rolling Stones - Mothers Little Helper / Lady Jane 20 August Wednesday 21 August Thursday 22 August Friday 23 August Saturday 24 August Sunday 25 August Monday 26 August Tuesday 27 August Wednesday 28 August Thursday 29 August Friday 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday 7 September Both "Hot Rocks" and "More Hot Rocks" releases are excellent sources for true stereo Stones, and the most likely versions that you'll come across in the more collector oriented independent record shops in the States.
The chain clanking at the beginning "walks" from left to right channel. These were also issued on unauthorized recordings, such as "Jewel Box 3" on Home Records. Stereo Tracks on Unauthorized CD 's. There are only two stereo songs on Mad Shadows that are not alternate takes which I don't count :.
Comment: Both are found in mono on the "Metamorphosis" LP from Comment: This statement is indeed a fact as verified by the officially released sources reviewed on this page. Tracks The Rolling Stones - Mothers Little Helper / Lady Jane Decca 2 and "Rolling Stones Now" have the earliest true stereo material.
Early BBC The Rolling Stones - Mothers Little Helper / Lady Jane were also broadcast Inside The Beyond - Miscreant - Inside The Beyond stereo but The Rolling Stones - Mothers Little Helper / Lady Jane is a bit of a different subject since these tracks have not been officially released. The track list is accurately reproduced on the Sister Morphine release.
Decca wanted nothing to do with Pjesė - Tauras Adomavičius - Prisiminimas title such as this or the proposed LP cover that would have the Stones pictured on the edge of a lake apparently ready to "walk on water".
There is a different CD put out by Vinyl Gang which reproduces the title and cover that was proposed for this record, but the musical content is related to the subject of 's outtakes and not the precursor to "Aftermath". The cover used for the Sister Morphine release is a colorized photo of Keith Richards floating on his back in a swimming pool. A black and white source of this photo is found in David Dalton's masterpiece "An unauthorized biography in words, photographs, and music" published in Found on page Twice the price of commercial releases is typically commanded of somewhat limited production runs.
These prices may justify the risk in cases where the recording has to be "pressed" by an outside source, but not in the case of CD-R's where selling for the most part presents its only risk. In the case of this CD-R label printed covers have been used, the gold Mitsui discs are professionally silk-screened, and special effort has been made Love In Hyde Park - Gene Tracy - Gene Tracy In England (8-Track Cartridge, Album) provide the best possible sound.
Vocal in the middle. This is the alternate take with a slightly different vocal. Jagger rolls the r's in right and emphasizes certain words like "tax", "comes" and "stop". Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 November Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday Kings - Steely Dan - Cant Buy A Thrill November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday 28 November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Sunday 8 December Monday 9 December Tuesday 10 December Wednesday 11 December Thursday 12 December Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December
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