Richards & Steve Jordan
Recording date: August 1987-May 1988
Recording locations: Le Studio, Montreal, Canada; various studios, New York City, USA; Bermuda Sound Recording Studios, Bermuda;
Air Studios, Montserrat; Atlantic Studios & The Hit Factory, New York City, USA
Producers: Keith Richards & Steve Jordan Chief engineer: Don Smith
Drums: Steve Jordan
Bass: Charley Drayton
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards & Waddy Wachtel
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Keith Richards
Background vocals: Keith Richards, Steve Jordan & Charley Drayton
Piano: Ivan Neville
Keyboards: Ivan Neville
Violin: Michael Doucet
Accordion: Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural
(T)hat (guitar solo), I was pumping it. That's the fade-out. That's the Music Man (guitar). I was just keeping it going on the fade... That's the third or fourth song we recorded. It was a brand new guitar. I mean, the tape was rolling. I always roll tape, all the time... (I)t was very loose, and I was trying to figure out this brand new guitar. Waddy was on acoustic, locked up in a separate booth... everyone was playing very quiet.
At the time of the album I happened to be listening to a lot of South African Soweto street music - which was intriguing me a lot, because it seems to me that Africa, which produced the rhythnms and heartbeats of American music and especially rock and roll, was now throwing it back to us again with electric instruments! That's where the Soweto sound is at! And somehow this is where I got the idea for the accordion and fiddle on Locked Away. I knew that Locked Away needed some more color on it. I guess the fact that I had been listening to Buckwheat's latest record and the South African music was critical, and it suddenly just clicked in my mind.
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