Jagger, Keith Richards & Steve
Recording date: March-June 1989
Recording locations: Air Studios, Montserrat, Virgin Islands & Olympic Studios, London, England
Producers: Chris Kimsey & The Glimmer Twins Chief engineer: Christopher Marc Potter
Performed onstage: 1989-90
Bass: Bill Wyman
Classical acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Lisa Fischer, Sarah Dash & Bernard Fowler
Keyboards: Chuck Leavell & Matt Clifford
Tambourine: Luis Jardim
Bongos: Luis Jardim
Percussion: Luis Jardim
There were a couple (of songs) that I'd started working on during my own album. They were embryonic at the time, and since I didn't use them, I said to (Mick), Well, I think there's something here you might like. It was slight recall on Beast of Burden, and I know Mick likes singing that sort of thing. It suits him better than it does me.
I think with the Winos I wasn't sure how to sing Almost Hear You Sigh. So that gave me extra time, to pass it on to Mick and say, Hey, it goes like this.
When you're playing something like that, the obvious thing you start hitting is the soul licks. When we first did Almost Hear You Sigh, I played it very much like Beast of Burden. In fact, it was TOO much like it, so I called it Cousin of Beast of Burden (laughs) - I don't know if it was going to get any further than a poor relative. But as we started to add the bridge part and it started to open up for me, then I thought to myself exactly what you said - Curtis Mayfield. It's that style. Curtis is the king of that.
The other thing I did this year, I decided I was ready to buy a good classical guitar, a gut-string. I got this Velasquez, a beautiful instrument made in 1956. It's just growing up; it's just 33 (laughs). I started to use that on Steel Wheels. (I played the solo with it on Almost Hear You Sigh). Yeah, we called him Guts.
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