"Tattoo You" was the last great Rolling Stones album...enough people have said it now so it must be true. It came out my senior year of high school and it felt like it was ours. I saw them twice on that tour and they were awesome.
Side two always felt like a unique suite. "Heaven" seemed the most narcotic song in their catalog, even before I really understood what narcotic meant. Oddly, then, one of the few recordings of theirs that doesn't include Keith Richards. Bill Wyman played guitar, synthesizer and bass; Mick Jagger sang and added some guitar; Charlie Watts played drums. I know, weird. "Tattoo You" is this weird outtake rummage sale album, I really love it.
I moved officially into a new home and office this week and this was the first song I played up on the 3rd floor when I got my amp set up. I hadn't thought about 'Heaven' in a really long time. The sun was setting and I was really tired and I played this for about ten minutes and wondered what it would be like to play it longer.
released October 2, 2020
Chris Brokaw: electric guitar.
Fender Jaguar, Nolatone 22 Tango, Analogman King of Tone, Michael Duane 117 flanger, MXR Carbon Copy
From the chord that rings out solemnly during the opening "One per Customer" through the hypnotic distortion of the finale "Black Hole," this is full of heart. Melodic, mature, and evocative. Joe de Larios