Deconstructing the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter

Posted by Michael Mueller on December 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Rolling Stones 1969In a word: Wow! The web site Dangerous Minds has posted isolated tracks of the Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter," from their 1969 album Let It Bleed and featuring the mind-blowing Merry Clayton on guest vocals. You can hear the iso tracks of Jagger and Clayton on vocals, Keith Richards's rhythm guitar (hear it below), Keef's second guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano, Bill Wyman's bass track, and Charlie Watts's drum track.

Rolling Stones guitar tab and jam tracks

What's particularly revealing here is that even in one of the most perfect rock 'n' roll songs of all time, there are tiny imperfections and bum notes that you can hear in the iso tracks, but not in the final mix. It's a good lesson for studio newbies in that sometimes, it's more about the groove and energy of the moment than it is about absolute perfection.

Now, if we can just get the boys to give this classic a 21st-century makeover with the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie (like this but without Bono) on vocals with Mick, I'd be in rock 'n' roll heaven.


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