By: Concert Vault
Here are some songs written by the Jagger/Richards duo. Whether the performers frame the songs in blues, country, new wave, or balls-to-the-walls rock, there's always a little bit of that Stones swagger, like the party of our lifetimes is taking place just below the surface of the track itself.
1. The acoustic version of this song, "Country Honk" from the Let it Bleed album, invokes Mississippi. This low-down and dirty version from Sir Elton places the song more in the wild west, like something you would hear roaring inside of a saloon.
2. This is a pretty straight-forward interpretation of this rocker but I'd prefer to hear Potter sing this song any day...she's got some PIPES!
3. Johnny Winter heard a demo of this song and recorded it for his album Still Alive and Well, released earlier in 1973 than the Stones' Goat's Head Soup. Winter's take on the song is a little heavier and, where Mick Taylor takes a reserved approach to his slide guitar solo, Johnny just cuts loose.
4. Devo's name is short for de-evolution, a process they thought must have taken place in America judging by the state of things in the late 60s and early 70s. They released their version of "Satisfaction" as a single in 1977, and the riff and melody are similarly dismantled into a chaotic swirl of noise and words.
5. While Jaggers and Richards did write some great country tunes, this wasn't one of them...still, John Anderson makes it work.
6. This was the Stones' most controversial single of the 60s as their usual innuendos were made overt. Catfish Haven take this one pretty much straight up, but I chose this version over a take by the Jerry Garcia Band because their psychedelic groove strips the track of its immediacy and lewdness.
7. Speaking of lewdness, I'll give you two guesses as to what this song is about. The record label wouldn't release this one, but remains known through bootlegs.
8. While the record company did agree to release this song on Goat's Head Soup, it was only after they talked the band out of