Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March-July 1997
Recording location: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was & The Glimmer Twins Chief engineers: John X Volaitis & Dan Bosworth
Mixer: Bob Clearmountain Performed onstage: 1998
Bass: Don Was
Acoustic guitar: Mick Jagger
Slide Dobro acoustic guitar: Ron Wood
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Keith Richards, Bernard Fowler & Blondie Chaplin
Piano: Blondie Chaplin
Organ: Benmont Tench
Keyboards: Benmont Tench
Bucket: Kenny Aronoff
Percussion: Jim Keltner
The Babyface track didn't end up getting used. I think Mick didn't like where it went with the overdubs and just the way Babyface envisioned it, and Babyface I guess really felt very strongly about his opinion, so they just decided not to use it.
That's the song that I tried with Babyface, because he really liked the song. One morning he came over to see me... I had just got up and I was a bit bleary-eyed, to be honest, and I was fed up talking about making records. I said, Well, I haven't got any demos with me but if you wanna hear songs I can just play it to you. I just sort of sat in my dressing gown and he laughed. He was really genuinely nice about it. We went on to make the track and it really didn't suit the song, so we went back and just did it in this very traditional method, which I think really suits it. Even though..., you know, I like to do things and trying to do things differently. I realized that it didn't WORK.
It was like a Babyface ballad put on top of Wild Horses. It wasn't going to fly as the Rolling Stones.
It was really my fault - I threw the wrong song at him. We went in and wrote the loops and the programs. We got Charlie to play on it. And in the end, I didn't like the way it was looped. I said, Kenny, leave it. I'm gonna do it another way.
Ronnie is a really versatile and creative musician. He brings so much color to the record just in terms of picking up the mood of a song and then finding a texture from the various instruments that he's proficient on. He played some beautiful dobro stuff and this kind of moody David Lynch-like guitar line on the chorus to Already Over Me.
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