Sunday, October 2, 2011

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

On September 5, 1964 the Rolling Stones embarked on their fourth UK package tour ('The Rolling Stones Show"), which lasted until October 11. Between dates the band found time for a recording session at Regent Sound Studios (September 28-29) and a BBC radio session (October 8), during which they taped  "2120 South Michigan Avenue", regrettably without Stu's organ playing.

On October 23, 1964 the Rolling Stones flew to New York City for their second US tour. During the tour, which lasted until November 15, the band entered RCA Studios, Hollywood (where Elvis Presley recorded many of his hits), for their first recording sessions there.

Under the supervision of engineer Dave Hassinger, the Stones recorded six tracks for their upcoming second album, among which a cover version of Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love". In the Stones' version, which doesn't rely on the typical three-minute pop formula, the song almost reaches a standstill at one stage, until Mick Jagger lurches the 'jam' forward again. Ian 'Stu' Stewart is on piano.

Adapted from the following sources:
Massimo Bonanno, Aftermath, 2007.
Martin Elliott: The Rolling Stones. Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.

1 comment:

  1. November 2, 1964: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA.
    The Rolling Stones: Heart Of Stone (Jagger-Richards) (2:48)
    The Rolling Stones: Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’) (Ozen) (2:10)
    The Rolling Stones: Down Home Girl (Leiber-Butler) (4:16)
    The Rolling Stones: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Burke-Russell-Wexler) (5:04)
    The Rolling Stones: Hitch Hike (Gaye-Paul-Stevenson) (2:27)
    The Rolling Stones: Pain In My Heart (Neville) (2:13)
    Jack Nitzsche: Meeting the Stones
    The first time I met the Stones was when they walked into RCA Studios, and the session just stopped because no one had ever seen anyone who looked like that. There was no guidance at all on those early records. And very little need for it. What the fuck, this was the first time a band got together and just played. They changed my whole idea of recording. Before I'd just been doing sessions, three hours to get the tunes down. Working with the Stones made sense right away. Booked studio time for 24 hours a day for two weeks and if you didn't get it, fuck it. The great new thing about them was they'd record a song the way they had written it. And if it didn't work nobody thought twice about making it a tango. They tried every way possible.

    641102A 2nd November: Los Angeles, RCA Studios, Hollywood. Producer: Andrew Oldham. Sound Engineer: Dave Hassinger.
    - Heart Of Stone (Jagger-Richards) - Jack Nitzsche on piano and tambourine
    - Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’) (Ozen) - Ian Stewart on piano
    - Down Home Girl (Leiber-Butler) - Jack Nitzsche on piano
    - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Russell-Burke-Wexler) - Ian Stewart on piano
    - Hitch Hike (Gaye-Stevenson-Paul)
    - Pain In My Heart (Neville) - Jack Nitzsche on piano.

    Line-up: Mick Jagger (voc, harm)/Keith Richards (gtr, bvoc)/Brian Jones (gtr, tamb, bvoc)/Bill Wyman(bass)/Charlie Watts (dr).