Free Music: Stone’s Re-issued “Deluxe” Goats Head Soup Is Scalding Hot!

November 10, 2020 • Music, New Release!

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The Rolling Stones eleventh studio album has long been seen as an acquired taste, plain fare compared to its immaculate predecessors: 1972’s Exile On Main St. and 1971’s Sticky Fingers. However, while it’s easy to see Goats Head Soup (its title inspired by a Jamaican aphrodisiac, apparently) as a missed opportunity – the band had decamped to Dynamic Sounds Studios in Kingston in late 1972, enthused by the possibilities of fusing rock with reggae – it retains a gritty charm of its own.

( L-R ) Watts, Richards, Jagger, Wyman and Taylor circa early 70’s: “The Worlds Greatest Rock And Roll Band” still very much alive and cooking on this one. File Photo

With Keith Richards mired in drug addiction and Mick Jagger revelling in his public image as a jet-setting Lothario, it’s the sound of a band establishing the stereotypes that remain with them to this day, with the whiff of sex, sleaze and violence ever-present.

47 years later this brand-new stereo mix and remastering “Deluxe Soup” brings these elements to the fore, adding a voodoo sizzle to “Dancing With Mr. D”, a strung-out desolation to “Coming Down Again” and a swampy majesty to “Can You Hear The Music”. But it’s the 10 bonus tracks – in particular the three previously unreleased ones – where things get really interesting. Criss Cross – familiar from bootlegs as “Criss Cross” – is a white-hot rocker in the “All Down The Line” mould, while All The Rage is equally spiky, Jagger sarcastically bawling ‘I want to be as cool as fuck!’ over a gnarly riff predating “Respectable”.

Track 1 / disc 1: Dancin’ With Mr. D / 3:58

“Scarlet”, however, is something else altogether. Recorded at Island Studios in October 1974, with Jimmy Page on lead guitar, Ric Gretch (formerly of Blind Faith and Family) on bass and Fairport Convention’s Bruce Rowland on drums, it’s funky as hell, with Keef’s machine-gun rhythm countered by Page’s liquid lead lines.

Track 01 / disc 2: Scarlet with Jimmy Page / 3:44 

In terms of ‘lost’ Stones tracks, “Scarlet” right up there with 2010 discovery “Plundered My Soul” that was included with “Exile’s” 2010 re-issue, but after 47 years in the vaults it has no right to still sound so freshly recorded. But then, as the other out-takes – all previously unreleased mixes by produce – Glynn Johns – prove, at this point the band’s creative juices were still in full flow, moving at will from slinky, proto-disco – an totally killer instrumental “Heartbreaker” – to the gospel-tinged honky-tonk of “Hide Your Love”. (The box set also includes Brussels Affair, a 15-track live recording from their autumn 1973 tour.)

Their creative studio peak might have (just) been behind them, but for a taste of the Stones at their down-and-dirtiest, Goats Head Soup will always be the dish of the day.

Track xxx / disc 2: Heartbreaker instrumental / 3:18

Track List :

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Original Album (New Stereo Mix)
CD1-1 Dancing With Mr. D.
CD1-2 100 Years Ago
CD1-3 Coming Down Again
CD1-4 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
CD1-5 Angie
CD1-6 Silver Train
CD1-7 Hide Your Love
CD1-8 Winter
CD1-9 Can You Hear The Music
CD1-10 Star Star
Rarities And Alternative Mixes
CD2-1 Scarlet

Featuring – Jimmy Page

CD2-2 All The Rage
CD2-3 Criss Cross
CD2-4 100 Years Ago (Piano Demo)
CD2-5 Dancing With Mr. D. (Instrumental)
CD2-6 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (Instrumental)
CD2-7 Hide Your Love (Alternate Mix)
CD2-8 Dancing With Mr. D. (Glyn Jones 1973 Mix)
CD2-9 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (Glyn Jones 1973 Mix)
CD2-10 Silver Train (Glyn Jones 1973 Mix)
Brussels Affair – Live 1973 (Forest National Arena, Brussels (17-10-73))
CD3-1 Brown Sugar
CD3-2 Gimme Shelter
CD3-3 Happy
CD3-4 Tumbling Dice
CD3-5 Star Star
CD3-6 Dancing With Mr. D.
CD3-7 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
CD3-8 Angie
CD3-9 You Can’t Always Get What You Want
CD3-10 Midnight Rambler
CD3-11 Honky Tonk Woman
CD3-12 All Down The Line
CD3-13 Rip This Joint
CD3-14 Jumpin’ Jack Flash
CD3-15 Street Fighting Man
Blu-Ray (Surround Sound Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res PCM Stereo 96kHz/24)
BD-1 Dancing With Mr. D.
BD-2 100 Years Ago
BD-3 Coming Down Again
BD-4 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
BD-5 Angie
BD-6 Silver Train
BD-7 Hide Your Love
BD-8 Winter
BD-9 Can You Hear The Music
BD-10 Star Star
Bonus Tracks
BD-11 All The Rage
BD-12 Criss Cross
BD-13 Scarlet

Featuring – Jimmy Page

BD-14 Dancing With Mr. D.
BD-15 Angie
BD-16 Silver Train