6 Replies to “Sway”

  1. Does anyone know what the movie is in the Moonlight Mile vid above?

    ‘Sway’ was in my head for some reason when I posted this the other night, which led me to thinking of ‘Moonlight Mile’. Did some reading on the web about the album Sticky Fingers and interesting enough (to me) is that the two aforementioned songs were collaborations solely between Jagger and Mick Taylor. Keith Richards does not play guitar on these tracks (he was off shit-faced somewhere of course) but later did provide some background vocals in the mix. Although Jagger and Taylor came up with and recorded these songs they are credited to Jagger/Richards, no credit going to Taylor (though Jagger now admits the work was Taylor’s). Apparently this lack of acknowledgement occurred on several occasions. He was only ever recognized with Ventilator Blues on ‘Exile’. Lack of credit and/or acknowledgement of his contributions, problems with Keith Richards’s jealousy of his talent, and a growing drug problem of his own are among the reasons it is said he walked away from the Rolling Stones in 1974. He would never directly answer the question of why he walked. He was replaced by Ron Wood of Rod Stewart’s band Faces.

    Subsequently the Stones cut him off from receiving any royalties for the albums he recorded with them. I was also surprised to learn that just three weeks ago articles appeared in which Mick Taylor said he was filing suit against the Stones for back royalties. He has since denied or backpedaled on these statements. It’s not clear what his plans are in this regard. It seems awfully late (35 yrs) to make a legal issue of it, but weirder things have happened.

    Mick Taylor left John Mayals band and joined the Rolling Stones in 1969, replacing a self-destructing Brian Jones, who died a month later. Taylor was 20 years old and already well known and respected as an excellent blues guitar player. He was a friend of Jimi Hendrix. He brought immense talent and creativity and a slick melodius sound to the Stones. The combination of Mick Taylor and Kieth Richards guitars on Let It Bleed, Get Your Ya Yas Out, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, and Goats Head Soup is the quintessential sound of the Stones.

  2. Once when asked about MT’s departure from the Stones, KR said something like (and I’m going to paraphrase because I don’t feel like looking it up), “Mick Taylor was a great guitar player, but that’s all he was.” Typical snide assessment from KR. But a lot can be forgiven when you are Keith.

  3. Its not to hard to imagine how this goes. The founding members of a successful band (or any organization) need to backfill a key position with somebody from the outside. The new guy should not get the same cut as the founders when it comes to credit and rewards because these things are cumulative, and new successes build on top of old successes that the new guy had nothing to do with. But what if instead of just “filling in the hole” the new guy turns out to add huge value and improves the band, helping it to be better and more successful than ever. The original members rationalize and downplay this because of ego and a touch of greed. Its possible to rationalize that even though he co-wrote and arranged the songs he somehow really didn’t. He was just there, like a good employee, and benefitting enough from the founders, even the founders who weren’t there. As Keith Richards said, he was just a guitar player. They apparently treated him like a session player when really his contributions were key to the body of work produced. He plays on all their most successful albums. Part of the problem seems to be that Mick Taylor was a really passive guy apparently and he let these people walk all over him. Well, he was a Rolling Stone during the glory years, so I sure wouldn’t feel sorry for him now.

  4. Agreed. Taylor definitely added a bluesy punch. Even so, I think the Stones soldiered on reasonably well through the remainder of the 70’s with Ronnie Wood. Black & Blue. Some Girls. Moving into the 80’s, Undercover of the Night was probably the last listenable album. Dirty Work is okay in a pinch, as is Keith’s first solo record. But that’s where I have to stop.

    As Stones bootlegs go, Brussels Affair is one of the most celebrated.

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