Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March-June 1989
Recording locations: Air Studios, Montserrat, Virgin Islands; Palace of Ben Abbou, Tangiers,
Morocco; & Olympic Studios, London, England
Producers: Chris Kimsey & The Glimmer Twins Chief engineer: Christopher Marc Potter
Mixers: Chris Kimsey & Christopher Marc Potter Never performed onstage
Acoustic bass: Ron Wood
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Lisa Fischer, Sarah Dash, Bernard Fowler, Tessa Niles & Sonia Morgan
Keyboards: Mick Jagger
African-Moroccan instruments: The Master Musicians of Jajouka & Bachir Attar Farafina
Percussion programming: Matt Clifford
Tambourine: Luis Jardim
Bongos: Luis Jardim
Knife & bicycle (percussion): Keith Richards
I woke up one morning to find Mick playing this thing on the keyboard (hums the song's riff). And I thought, Ah, that's nice, that reminds me of Morocco.
I was writing this song and remembering (the Master Musicians of Jajouka's) harmonics and thinking wouldn't it be great to have them on the track and this letter arrived (from Bachir Attar). Amazing, eh?
I remember Brian playing (his Moroccan) tapes (in the '60s). We had this engineer we were working with, George Chkiantz, and George was one of the first people to be heavily into phasing, which was like the scratching of the middle '60s. So Brian took all of the Jajouka tapes and put them through phasing, which was really quite before its time. I always felt the Stones were quite adventurous that way.
I made that metallic noise at the beginning of the song with a knife against a bicycle wheel. I supposed you could do it with a spoon. But it wouldn't sound as good as it does with the knife. Kids, don't try this in your own homes; these men are trained professionals.
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