Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: July 1970 & December 1971-March 1972
Recording locations: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England & Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producer: Jimmy Miller Chief engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns & Joe Zagarino
Performed onstage: 1995, 1997-99, 2006-07, 2013, 2015, 2017
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar: Mick Taylor
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Clydie King, Joe Green, Venetta Fields & Jesse Kirkland
Piano: Billy Preston
Organ: Billy Preston
I liked Shine a Light. I played bass on that. There are quite a few things I played bass on. I used the band's Fender Jazz bass for these because Bill wasn't there; he was late, and nobody bothered to wait. That used to happen a lot, actually. I don't mean that Bill was late a lot; we didn't always get there at the same time. If we felt like playing, we would.
There's another gospel song (in addition to I Just Want to See His Face) on that album - Shine a Light with Billy Preston. When I was very friendly with Billy in the '70s I sometimes used to go to church with him in Los Angeles. It was an interesting experience because we don't have a lot of churches like that in England. I hadn't had a lot of first-hand experience of it. I think it was James Cleveland's church we used to go to. It's still there. In fact, Billy and I were going to go there on this trip (1992), but the trouble with church is I can never get up on Sunday morning to get there. It's always a bit early for me. But I used to go. One time I saw Aretha and Erma Franklin in that church. It makes you feel a bit small sometimes when you hear these people's voices, so big and powerful.
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