Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: November-December 2004, March-April & June 2005
Recording locations: La Fourchette, Posť sur Cisse, France & Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was & The Glimmer Twins Chief engineer: Krish Sharma
Mixer: Krish Sharma Performed onstage: 2005-06
Bass: Mick Jagger
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Mick Jagger
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Harmonica: Mick Jagger
Shaker: Mick Jagger
(Waiting for Charlie to get better) made Mick and I play together more, on that basic level of putting songs together. For the blues Back Of My Hand, we just went, Let's start with where we started. It was a beauty to play.
I sleep downstairs and the studio is upstairs. One night, I thought I was hearing this old Muddy Waters track I didn't know, but it turned out to be Mick working on a slide part for Back of My Hand. He's always been a good, smooth acoustic player, but the electric seemed like an untamed beast for him until this year. I thought: My God! The boy's finally got it.
Mick came up with that. He started to play it one day on acoustic guitar and I started thinking, prison songs... We were just casting ideas about. To me, it's a classic sort of Muddy Waters thing, or even earlier. And as we were getting it going, I went, Jesus Christ, we could have cut this at Chess, baby. You are what you listen to, in a way, and I never stopped listening to the blues. Even if I go off on other tangents, there's always that basic diet, thank God.
With the blues Back of My Hand, we just went, Let's start with where we started. It's easy to pass off a blues. But what's the point of that? This was original but right at the roots. You could feel the ghosts coming back. You could feel Muddy Waters and Little Walter in the room. You felt you were among friends as you played it.
I have this ancient Silverstone guitar, a mail order one from Sears, I think. I bought it for 50 bucks at a local shop. It makes a really good slide noise. I just stood up and played that song out of nowehere. Everyone said, Hmmm. That's interesting, Mick. Never heard you do that before. People tell me it sounds like an old Stones record. Well, not to my knowledge. Because I never played slide guitar before!
If we keep going down this (political) track, we're not going to get back. The same feeling (that is in Sweet Neo Con and Rain Fall Down) is in Back of My Hand: that we'll go too far, get away from our original values, and this overreaching imperialism will take us to a place where we eventually collapse.
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