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It’s Friday Feature today with the Rolling Stones as we get ready for the new documentary and a Fiftieth anniversary tour. Some preliminary dates have been rumoured, but nothing for Chicago yet.

We will keep you posted. Time is on our side, hopefully. The Stones are not only a terrific live band, but their studio work is always professional and often impeccable. Of course, even a song of several minutes begins with a single riff.

Here’s some notable (pun intended) Glimmer Twin openers:

  1. “Paint It Black” from Aftermath. Brian Jones played the sitar on this bleak number from 1968 and Bill Wyman drives the relentless bass line, but the minor key scale at the top sets the table.
  2. “Honky Tonk Women”, single from 1969. Inspired by Hank Williams and played in the now famous Keith Richards’ open tuning, it’s Charlie Watts opening series of cowbell strikes (just enough!) that grabs your attention first.
  3. “Sympathy for the Devil” from Beggars Banquet. The Stones spent a lot of time in the studio on this track (footage was used in a film by Jean Luc Goddard) and it went through a number of permutations before the final version which begins with jungle drums and screaming by Mick.
  4. “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” from Sticky Fingers. This is a song with two distinct parts, like “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos or “Off the Record” by  My Morning Jacket. Keith gets it rolling with one of his best riffs.
  5. “Rain Fall Down” from A Bigger Bang. One of the better latter-day efforts from the band (still almost 8 years old) with cool cell phone sfx mixed in and a compelling jangly intro (played by Mick, in the video anyway.)

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